Islanders take commanding 3-0 Series lead
Time to break out the clichés. The Halifax Mooseheads have their backs against the wall following a 5-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 3 on Tuesday night which gives Charlottetown a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven President Cup Playoff Series.
The Mooseheads got the start they needed at Eastlink Centre by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on power play goals by Xavier Parent and Connor Moynihan, but the Herd could not sustain their momentum. Jocktan Chainey made nice plays on both goals to earn a pair of assists. Arnaud Durandeau also picked up assists on each Mooseheads goal to increase his team-leading playoff point total to 12.
Oh so close to escaping the period with an important two-goal lead, Justin Barron took a late penalty and the Islanders capitalized when Nikita Alexandrov scored his fourth of the series with only 10.7 seconds left on the clock.
That goal changed the momentum and Charlottetown exploded with three more goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead in front of a boisterous 3,478 fans in the building. The goals came from Brett Budgell, P-O Joseph and Cam Askew while Daniel Hardie added an extra insurance marker late in the third period. Blade Mann-Dixon was tagged with the loss in his first start of the postseason. He stopped 30 of 35 shots. Matt Welsh didn’t see nearly as much action as he had in the Islanders net in the first two games. He made 27 stops after the Moose had fired a combined 95 shots at the goalie in Games 1 and 2.
|1st||P-O Joseph||1 Goal & 1 Assist|
|2nd||Cam Askew||1 Goal|
|3rd||Pascal Aquin||2 Assists|
Halifax is down but not out. The team pulled off what appeared to be an impossible feat six years ago when they trailed the Remparts 3-0 in their second round series before fighting back to take down Quebec in seven games and becoming the fourth team in QMJHL history to come back from an 0-3 deficit.
Otto Somppi took the morning skate for the Mooseheads but was deemed unable to play as he continues to recover from a nagging injury suffered in the playoff opener against Baie-Comeau 18 days ago. Barrett Dachyshyn returned from an upper body injury and participated in his first career playoff game.
The Mooseheads went 2-for-4 on the power play while the Islanders were 1-for-3 with the man advantage as both teams continued their reasonable disciplined play in the series.
Game 4 will be played Wednesday night at 7pm at the Eastlink Centre. The game can be heard on News 95.7 while Eastlink will also broadcast the game on channel 610.