By Rosie Townshend-Carter
Sept. 29, 2014
The Islanders defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4-3 on Sept 26.
Filip Chlapik scored early in the first period with assists from Daniel Sprong and Guillaume Rioux-Legault.
Ryan MacKinnon took a nasty helmet-less hit to the glass by Titan Alexandre Gosselin shortly after the first goal. Both were sent to the penalty box for two minutes for roughing.
Jimmy Bonneau, a former P.E.I. Rocket and now part-time ambassador, spoke fondly of the team during intermission.
“It’s the best place in my books to play JR hockey.”
The Islanders hired Bonneau part-time during the summer to act as ambassador and also meet with newly drafted players to talk about the organization and life on P.E.I.
Period two started off with a gloves off fight between the Isles David Henley and Titan Jeffery Truchon-Viel. Both were sent to the penalty box with five minutes for fighting.
Bathurst’s Mark Simpson tied the game at 2:01 with an assist from Egor Popov.
At 6:30 Alexandre Goulet took the lead again with an assist from Kameron Kielly. Simpson tied the game once again with another goal at 12:09, Simpson’s sixth goal of the fresh season.
Bradley Kennedy scored a power play goal at 16:14 with Captain Ryan MacKinnon and Spenser Cobbold drawing assists. A minute later at 17:25, Kameron Kielly scored, making the game 4-2. Alexandre Goulet and Oliver Cooper drew assists.
An off the stick shot by Titan Juraj Mily during the power play was the only goal of the third period.
Head coach Gordie Dwyer of the Islanders praised his goalie after the game.
“He’s a big piece of our team.”
The loss put the Acadie-Bathurst in last place in the Maritime division.