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Wildcats lose tight one, trail 2-0 in series

Thomas Auger and Maxim Barbashev scored for the Wildcats in a 4-2 loss to the Charlottetown Islanders, Friday at Eastlink Centre, in Game 2 of their QMJHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup.

The Islanders now lead the best-of-five series 2-0.

Auger opened the scoring seven minutes into the first period, chopping home the rebound of a Yoan Loshing chance off the right side of the crease.

Charlottetown tied the game with more than five minutes remaining in the first period.

The Islanders appeared to take a 2-1 lead nine minutes into the second, but a possible goal was called back after it was ruled the play had been offside when the puck entered the Moncton zone. The game stayed 1-1 through 40 minutes.

Charlottetown took its first lead three minutes into the third period.

Barbashev evened the score again about four minutes later on a two-man advantage by rushing the puck up ice from his own zone, splitting the Islanders’ defence, deking goalie Francesco Lapenna and tucking the puck inside the right post.

But, after having a second goal called back, the home side took the lead for good with under ten minutes to go. An empty-netter in the final minute sealed a 4-2 triumph for Charlottetown.

Wildcats goalie Jonathan Lemieux was named third star of the game with 32 saves and one assist.

Box Score: https://theqmjhl.ca/gamecentre/29482/boxscore

A must-win game 3 will go Monday night at 7pm in Moncton.

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