The league-leading Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers and the second-place Arsenault's Fish Mart Red Wings felt the heat Sunday as the squads won narrow victories in Island Junior Hockey League action in Kensington and Abram-Village.
First the Vipers needed a shootout goal by Drew Grady to defeat the A&S Scrap Metal Metros 8-7, then the Red Wings relied on two, third-period goals to get by the Montague Pizza Delight Maniacs 4-3.
Red Wings 4, Maniacs 3
Abel Arsenault and Cole Hackett scored eight minutes apart in the final frame to help the Wings sneak out a victory in Evangeline.
Logan Smallman (1-1) and Willie Gaudet had first-period scores for Kensington, while Nathan Ellis, Jason Gallant and Chasse Gallant each chipped in two assists.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first and second periods.
Johnathan Arsenault scored twice for Montague and Logan Toole (1-2) netted the other Montague score. Tyler Rose added two assists.
The Wings outshot Montague 42-39. Each team had a power-play goal.
Wings goalie Chris Gallant earned the win over Montague counterpart Matt Derry.
Vipers 8, Metros 7 (SO)
Drew Grady's shootout goal was the difference-maker for Kensington in a wide open affair that saw a combined 100 shots on the weary goaltenders.
With Montague leading 4-3 in the third, the squads scored seven times in the final period and forced the contest into overtime.
Easton Smith (2), Jordan Mayhew (1-2), Tyler Burton (1-1), Campbell Gallant (1-1), Jonathan Richards (1-1) and Jacob Stewart had the Vipers goals. Aaron Nunn chipped in two assists.
Meanwhile, Harrison Wood (2-2), Connor Smith (2-1), Lucas Holmes (1-2), Tanner Lund (1-1) and Curtis McGregor netted the Metros markers, while Patrick Cummiskey tallied three helpers.
Grant Grady earned the win in the Vipers net. Metros goalie Sam Walsh suffered the loss.
Kensington was 0-for-4 on the power play despite outshooting the Metros 59-41, including 26-9 in the third.
The Metros went 3-for-3 with the extra man.