Kensington scores twice in third period to double Islanders
KENSINGTON – Frank Fortin’s second goal of the night proved to be the difference for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild on Saturday night.
Fortin scored at 8:37 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and helped send the Wild to a 4-2 decision over the Charlottetown Robin’s Donuts Islanders. The New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League contest attracted 350 fans to Community Gardens.
Isaac Knox opened the game’s scoring for the Wild just past the halfway mark of the first period, and TJ Shea (1-1) added an insurance marker with 1:40 to go in regulation time. Brodie MacArthur (2), Ryan Boswall, Lucas Beaulieu, Chris McQuaid, Brendan Shea and Evan Gallant contributed assists as the Wild improved to 17-8-1 (won-lost-overtime losses).
Jordan Birt netted both goals for the Islanders (0-26-2). Lucas MacAulay, Alex Chapman, Nick Deagle and Connor McGregor chipped in with helpers.
The Wild led 1-0 after the opening period, and the teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.
Luke Oliver earned the goaltending win in relief of starter Liam Jay, who stopped all five shots he faced in the first period. Jay was shaken up in a goal-mouth collision late in the first period, but he did not come out to start the second. Oliver stopped 16 of 18 shots the rest of the way.
Noah Laybolt turned in a solid performance between the pipes for the Islanders, blocking 44 of the 48 shots he faced.
Referees Jackson Doughart and Chas McNeill called two of three minor penalties against the Islanders. Each team was assessed one double minor for checking to the head.
On the road
The Wild completes a busy weekend of three games in less than 72 hours on Sunday afternoon in Fredericton against the Caps.
Kensington opened the weekend with a solid 6-1 win over the first-place Saint John Vitos on Friday night.