Blake Jamieson scored three times to lead the host Kings County Kings to a 4-1 victory over the Mid-Isle Matrix to open the Irving Oil Challenge Cup Atlantic Bantam AAA Hockey Championship Thursday in Montague.
Dallas Farrell scored the other marker for Kings County while Edwin Jenkins had two assists and singles went to Jesse Annear and Hunter McIntyre.
Kyle Pinksen from Calen MacInnis replied for the Matrix.
Jed Walsh earned the victory while Ethan Malcolm took the loss.
Jamieson was named the Kings’ player of the game while Riley Gallant received the honour for Mid-Isle.
The game was scoreless after 20 minutes and Kings County led 2-1 after 40.
It was the second loss of opening day for the Matrix, which won the provincial championship this season. Mid-Isle lost 3-0 to Nova Scotia in the tournament’s opening game.
Michael O’Leary was Nova Scotia’s player of the game while Reilly Pickard picked up the shutout.
Mid-Isle goaltender Sam Mix was named his team’s player of the game.
New Brunswick beat Newfoundland and Labrador 3-1 in Thursday’s other game.
The Kings play Newfoundland and Labrador today at 1 p.m. and Nova Scotia at 7 p.m. while the Matrix plays New Brunswick at 4 p.m.
New Brunswick plays Nova Scotia at 10 a.m.
The Pownal Red Devils opened the Atlantic midget AAA hockey championship with a 5-0 victory over New Brunswick Thursday in Truro, N.S.
With league MVP Patrick Cummiskey in the dressing room after being ejected for checking from behind, it quickly turned into the Harrison Hayden show. He scored twice just 1:07 apart, including one short-handed marker, in the second period. He added an assist on the first goal of the game and was named the team’s offensive player of the game.
Johnny MacKenzie opened the scoring midway through the first and it was all Red Devils from there.
Matt Derry stopped 16 shots for the shutout and was named the defensive player of the game for Pownal.
Curtis Martell and Luke Dibenedetto also scored for the P.E.I. champs. MacKenzie, Cole Hawes and Zac Mella chipped in assists.
They will play the host team today at 1 p.m.
The Summerside Capitals lost 4-1 to New Brunswick in the opening game of the BellAliant Peewee Atlantic Hockey Championship in Corner Brook, N.L.
Scorers were not available.
The P.E.I. champs play Newfoundland and Labrador’s champions today at 9:30 a.m. and Nova Scotia at 3:30 p.m. Both times are Atlantic.