Teams meet in Kensington on Sunday
ABRAM-VILLAGE – The Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings showed an ability to strike quick on Saturday night.
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It played a big role in the Abram-Village-based team recording a much-needed win.
The Red Wings scored twice in the game’s first 6:26, and then added two more 32 seconds apart just past the halfway mark of the opening period to open up a 4-0 lead. The Red Wings, led by Cole Hackett’s six-point effort, would not look back en route to an 8-3 win over arch-rival Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers.
The Red Wings improved to 10-5-1 (won-lost-overtime losses), and closed to within four points of the league-leading Vipers (12-4-1). The teams will close out a home-and-home series at Community Gardens in Kensington on Sunday at 7 p.m.
At the Evangeline Recreation Centre, the Red Wings scored the first two goals of the second period to take a commanding 6-0 lead, and led 7-1 after 40 minutes.
Offensively, Hackett had three goals and three assists while Benji Gaudet (2-1) and Chasse Gallant (1-2) each had three points. Nathan Ellis (1-1) and Jason Gallant (1-1) rounded out Western’s scoring. Assists were credited to Calvin MacRae, Colton Chaisson, Evan Millman, Dillon Wall, Logan Smallman and Willie Gaudet.
For the Vipers, Jonathan Richards (2-1) and Ryan Kelly found the back of the net. Jordan Mayhew, Campbell Gallant, Nick Bouchey, Drew Grady and Aaron Nunn picked up single helpers.
Winning goaltender Chris Gallant stopped 28 of 31 shots. Grant Grady started in goal for the Vipers and gave up five goals on 13 shots in 22 minutes of action. Cameron Visser stopped 24 of 27 shots the rest of the way.
The Vipers received four minors, two 10-minute misconducts, one fighting major and one game misconducts. The Red Wings were assessed five minors, one double minor for roughing, two 10-minute misconducts, one boarding major, one fighting major and two game misconducts.