Major midget game attracts estimated 550 fans
KENSINGTON – It ended up being a lot closer than it looked like it would.
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Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild forward Kyle Pinksen.
The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild outshot the Charlottetown Islanders 33-9 and led 3-0 through two periods.
Then the Wild, who was assessed only two minor penalties in the first 40 minutes, ran into penalty trouble in the final 20 minutes. The Islanders struck for three power-play goals to set the stage for a white-knuckle finish as Charlottetown pulled goaltender Cam Duffy for an extra attacker down by a goal.
However, Wild forward and assistant captain Kyle Pinksen, who was a physical force all night and also added two assists, sealed the win into an empty net with 19 seconds remaining to give the Wild a 5-3 victory. It was the sixth win in a row for the Wild, who improved to 15-6-1 (won-lost-overtime losses).
The New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League game was played before another big crowd at Community Gardens in Kensington. After the Wild and Islanders drew approximately 500 fans at the Gardens just a week earlier, Saturday night’s contest was played before an estimated 550 spectators.
They were treated to a physical first period in which the Wild outshot the Islanders 20-4. TJ Shea banged home a rebound on the power play at 14:53 to open the scoring.
The score remained 1-0 Wild until late in the second period, when Frank Fortin netted his league-leading 18th goal on the power play at 16:30 and Brendan Shea made it 3-0 at the 18-minute mark.
Back in game
Jordan Birt (9:19) and Brodie MacMillan (10:58) struck for two quick goals during extended 5-on-3 advantages to get the Islanders within 3-2.
Less than a minute later at 11:36, a puck-carrying Pinksen ran over a Charlottetown defender and fed a perfect pass to Brodie MacArthur, who made no mistake going in and deking Duffy before sliding the puck into the open net to make it 4-2 at 11:36.
However, the Islanders refused to quit and Birt’s second of the game at 16:17 made it 4-3 to prevent an early rush to the exit.
MacArthur also added an assist to increase his league-leading point total to 44 – 12 goals and 32 assists. TJ Shea (2), Fortin, Isaac Knox, Lucas Beaulieu and Riley Gallant earned assists for the Wild.
Connor McGregor (2), Kallum Muirhead (2) and Dawson Palmer picked up helpers for the Islanders (0-23-2).
Overall, the Wild outshot the Islanders 51-22. Winning goaltender was Liam Jay.
The Islanders were assessed seven minors, one double minor for head contact and one 10-minute misconduct. The Wild received four minors and three double minors for head contact.
The Wild’s next home game is against the third-place Moncton Flyers (11-9-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.