Near perfect weekend

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Wild earns five of six points in three games

FREDERICTON – It was a near perfect weekend for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild.

The Wild earned five of a possible six points in three games in less than 72 hours. Kensington defeated the first-place Saint John Vitos 6-1 on Friday night, doubled the Charlottetown Islanders 4-2 on Saturday evening and dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Fredericton Caps on Sunday afternoon.

The second-place Wild is now 17-8-2 (won-lost-overtime losses), and has closed to within six points of the Vitos (21-6-0) in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Islanders recorded their first win of the regular season – 5-4 in a shootout – versus the Miramichi Rivermen.

Caps 4 Wild 3 (SO)

At Willie O’Ree Place, Fredericton rallied from a 3-0 deficit after two periods, and outscored the Wild 2-1 in the shootout. Brandon Stone netted the winner.

Dennis Toner, Carey Fox and Zack Spencer also scored for Fredericton (13-8-6).

TJ Shea (1-1), Brechan MacLean and Kyle Pinksen countered for the Wild, who held period leads of 2-0 and 3-0. Lucas Beaulieu and Zack Arsenault added assists.

Jack Ryan was the winning goaltender. Luke Oliver was between the pipes for Kensington.

Islanders 5 Rivermen 4 (OT)

At Big Cove, N.B., Cale Pierce scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Islanders overcame period deficits of 3-2 and 4-2.

Alex Chapman scored a hat trick and Connor McGregor added a single tally for Charlottetown (1-26-2). Kallum Muirhead (3), Pierce, Blake Gallant and Calen McInnis assisted.

Winning goaltender Cam Duffy denied the Rivermen on all five shootout attempts.

Wild 4 Islanders 2

Before 350 fans at Community Gardens, Frank Fortin’s second goal of the night at 8:37 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie.

TJ Shea (1-1) and Isaac Knox also scored, with Brodie MacArthur (2), Beaulieu, Ryan Boswall, Chris McQuaid, Brendan Shea and Evan Gallant contributing assists.

Jordan Birt netted both goals for Charlottetown. McGregor, Chapman, Lucas MacAulay and Nick Deagle 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.

Islanders goaltender Noah Laybolt turned aside 44 of the 48 shots.

Wild 6 Vitos 1

Oliver turned aside 26 of 27 shots while TJ Shea scored twice to spark the offence. MacArthur (1-1), Beaulieu, Gallant and Zach Thususka rounded out Kensington’s scoring. Fortin (2), McQuaid (2), Clark Webster, Jack DesRoches and Brendan Shea contributed assists.

Will Kelly replied for the Vitos (21-5-0).

The Wild led 2-1 after the opening period, and scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take a 5-1 advantage into the second intermission.

Organizations: Islanders, P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League, Miramichi Rivermen.Caps 4 Wild 3 Kensington.Islanders 5 Rivermen 4

Geographic location: Kensington, Fredericton, New Brunswick Charlottetown Big Cove Community Gardens

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