Kensington Vipers clinch playoff spot with 3-1 win

Jason Malloy
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Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers

McQuaid turns in strong performance at Don Johnson cup

Dylan McQuaid made 27 saves Friday as the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers defeated the Fredericton junior Caps 3-1.

The Island champions finished the round robin 3-1 at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup eastern Canadian junior B hockey championship in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. They finished third and will play the second-place Sackville Blazers, the Nova Scotia champs, in Saturday’s semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

“Dylan bailed us out today,” Vipers coach Wade Waddell said Friday. “We probably had no business winning except for Dylan.”

The Vipers were outshot 28-11, including 11-3 in the third period.

“We looked lethargic,” Waddell said. “We weren’t as good as we can be or need to be going forward.”

Logan Garnhum opened the scoring for the Vipers 3:04 into the game and Brett Hogan scored the game-winning goal shorthanded about 10 minutes later.

“That was a huge goal for us,” Waddell said.

Kensington led 2-0 after the first and second periods.

David Brewer on a third-period power play cut the lead in half before Ryan Kelly scored the insurance marker for Kensington. Josh Bowman, Adam Wight, Ty Price and Jordan Mayhew had assists for the Vipers.

The Vipers have played daily since Tuesday and had a quick turnaround on Friday. They got into some penalty trouble, and some of its penalty killers also play on the power play.

Waddell said not playing until Saturday night could help the team ensure it is rested for the semifinal showdown.

“Hopefully that gives us a chance to get our legs back and get some fluids back into us.”

The Vipers beat the Blazers in last year’s final while Sackville won the round-robin meeting this year, 8-6 on Tuesday.

Waddell isn’t expecting another 14-goal contest.

“We played a more run-and-gun style,” he said. “We have to look after our own end a little better.”

With players who have been to the Don Johnson Cup for upwards of five times wearing the Vipers colours, he said, experience could help them the rest of the way.

“We rely heavily on them. They know what it takes to win,” he said. “We are confident in our team.”

Grant Grady gets the start tonight as the Vipers continue to rotate its goalies.

Ontario clinched top spot and was playing a late game Friday night that will determine their opponent in Saturday’s semifinal.

The final is Sunday at 2 p.m.



A look at the Kensington Vipers scores from the Don Johnson cup.


Nova Scotia 8 Kensington 6


Kensington 6 Newfoundland 2


Kensington 4 Host 3 OT


Kensington 3 New Brunswick 1

Organizations: Don Johnson

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Fredericton, Kensington Port Hawkesbury Ontario

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