By Sydney Clay
Sept. 16, 2015
The Charlottetown Islanders won in a shootout in their home opener against the Halifax Mooseheads on Sept. 11 at the Eastlink Center in Charlottetown.
Chris Chaddock of the Charlottetown Islanders scored the winning goal in the first round of the shootout, making the final score 4-3.
Alexander McQuaid, a new defenceman on the team, said his first game went well and he is excited to be a part of the team.
“It’s a dream come true to play for this team. You know, I grew up watching these guys and to play for them is pretty amazing.”
Oliver Cooper of the Islanders scored the first goal of the night at 13:18 of the first period with an assist from Filip Rydstrom.
Ilya Putintsev scored the Mooseheads first goal with assists from Maxime Fortier and Otto Somppi.
Rydstrom got the final goal of the first period with an assist from Luc Deschênes. The first period ended with a 2-1 lead for the Islanders.
Somppi scored a power play goal in the second period for the Mooseheads with assists from Putintsev and Fortier.
The Mooseheads took the lead on their second goal of the period by Vincent Watt with assists from Fortier and Somppi.
The period ended 3-2 for the Mooseheads.
The Islanders tied the game in the third period on the goal by Mitchell Balmas and an assist from Deschênes.
The game went into overtime, where they introduced the new three-on-three rule where teams are allowed only three players and the goalie on the ice.
Islanders defenceman Dexter Weber said three-on-three was different, but it was still fun to play.
“I haven’t played three-on-three for a long time, that’s a little weird, but it’s fun. On the three-on-three there is usually two forwards out there, so we, defenceman, just stay back, so it’s not bad we just help out the forwards if they need us out there.”
Islanders goalie Daryl MacCallum said he wasn’t as excited about the three-on-three.
“I wasn’t looking forward to the three-on-three cause it’s usually odd man rush after odd man rush, but I was ready for whatever they threw at me.”
The game went to a shootout where the Islanders got the final goal, taking home the win.