Islanders return home, win sixth straight with victory over Océanic
The Charlottetown Islanders returned home to the Eastlink Centre on Thursday after a five-game stretch on the road which brought them through Quebec last weekend.
Goaltender Matthew Welsh was perfect for the Islanders in front a crowd of over 3,000, stopping all 25 Oceanic shots. It was his third shutout of the season, and fifth of his young career.
At the other end, Kameron Kielly scored his 32nd of the season (Assist: Filip Chlapik), and Keith Getson scored his 15th (Assists: PO Joseph and Pascal Aquin) in the first period.
In the third period, Daniel Sprong netted his 21st of the season (Assists: Francois Beauchemin and Adam Marsh).
Marsh dropped the gloves for the second time in two games on Thursday night to go along with his assist.
After a slow start, the Islanders really seemed to come alive, said Marsh.
“Coming off the 3-in-3 it’s definitely tough to get back into it but I thought we regrouped well as a team and showed some character,” he said after the game.
Marsh has been placed on a line with Sprong and Beauchemin since returning from a two-game suspension on the weekend. He has been enjoying the chemistry between the three, he said.
“They’re both very high-skilled players. You just drive the net and work down low and they’ll find you so I just keep working hard and get to the net.”
With his goal in the win, Daniel Sprong now sits second in franchise history in points with 240.
Also, with the win, the Islanders now tie the franchise record for most wins in a regular season.
The win on Thursday night kicks off a stretch of four games in seven days.
They will be at it on Saturday night against the third place Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.