By Melora McInnis
Oct. 3, 2014
Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders earned the first star of the game on Oct.3 after making 38 saves in a 3-1 win over Val-dor Foreurs.
The 18-year-old goaltender started off the game on the Islander’s home ice at the Eastlink Centre, after two disappointing losses.
“We lost a few in a row. We had to go in with the same mind set as the game before,” said McDonald. “We just had to keep focused and battle hard.”
The Islanders came out hard in the first period, leading a tight battle outshooting the Foreurs 16-11, but the score clock was still scoreless after the first.
Five and a half minutes into the second period the Foreurs were pressing, taking the lead in shots 18-17. McDonald held firm for his team.
“I made some big saves. I felt confident, I felt big,” he said. “You just have to go out and react to every shot.”
McDonald kept the score tied at 0-0 long enough for Islander Ryan Mackinnon to score the team’s first goal at 13:58 of the second period, with Samuel Guilbault drawing the assist.
The Foreurs outshot the Islanders 19-8 in the second period.
The Islanders added to their lead starting off the third period when Alexandre Goulet scored two minutes in. Kamerion Kielly and Dexter Weber drew the assists.
Just 1:43 minutes after the Islander’s second goal, the Foreurs started to make a comeback when Anthony Beauregard scored the first goal of the game for his team.
The Foreurs pulled the goalie in the last minute of the game. But Kielly secured the Islander’s win when he scored with 19 seconds left in the third period into the empty net. Weber earned an assist, as did Spenser Cobbold.
McDonald received the first star of the game after the Islander’s 3-1 victory after being bombarded with 38 shots.
“I was pretty excited to play tonight in front of the home crowd,” said McDonald. “I was prepping for this all week and we got the job done.”
The Islander’s goalie goes into every game with the same mind set, it helps him maintain his composure throughout every game, he said.
“Every shot is different, you have to make a different move for every shot.”
The Islander’s Dexter Weber, 18, had a successful Friday night after he was named the hardest working defensemen of the month prior to the game in which he scored two points.
“It’s an honour,” said Weber. “I had no idea I was getting it till they called my name. It felt pretty good to be recognized.”
This was the Islander’s first game against the Foreurs this season and they had to be ready for whatever was thrown their way, he said.
“We were just getting frustrated with all the losses, so we just wanted to pick it up. No matter who it is, you just have to go out and work as a team, go as hard as we can and get them on their heels right away.”