Kensington now in three-way tie for second place going into Saturday’s home game
FREDERICTON – The power play sparked the Fredericton Caps to a come-from-behind win over the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild on Friday night.
The Caps spotted the Wild a 3-0 lead just before the midway mark of the second period, but then proceeded to score five times with the man advantage en route to a 6-4 win at Willie O’Ree Place.
Fredericton’s win, coupled with Moncton’s 5-4 victory over Miramichi, has created a three-way tie for second place in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.
The Wild, who have lost five of seven league games in 2016 to fall to 17-10-2 (won-lost-tied), Moncton (17-10-2) and Fredericton (15-8-6) all have 36 points.
All three teams are in action on Saturday as the Wild hosts hosting Miramichi (11-18-2) at Community Gardens in a 7:30 p.m. start, and Moncton travels to Fredericton at 7 p.m. The Wild concludes a three-game weekend with another important head-to-head battle with Moncton in the Hub City on Sunday afternoon.
Cole Easton, who also added two assists for a three-point night, scored what proved to be the winning goal on the power play at 8:57 of the third period. That tally broke a 4-4 tie, and Casey Fox’s empty-net goal with 28 seconds remaining sealed the win.
Brandon Stone (2), Pierre Bougoin (1-2) and Nick Hodd rounded out Fredericton’s scoring. Dominik Reid and Riley Burtt each added two assists.
For the Wild, who scored three times on the power play and held period leads of 1-0 and 3-2, captain Riley Gallant led the way with a goal and an assist. Single markers came off the sticks of Brodie MacArthur, Brechan MacLean and Clark Webster, whose power-play goal at 4:52 of the third period gave Kensington a 4-3 lead.
Ryan Boswall, Lucas Beaulieu, Jesse Jay, TJ Shea, Zach Thususka and Kyle Pinksen contributed assists.
The final shots-on-goal totals were 32-24 in favour of the Wild. Jack Ryan earned the goaltending win over Luke Oliver.
Penalties were a big factor in the game as the Wild received 10 minors, one double minor for head contact, one double minor for spearing and a game misconduct to head coach Kyle Dunn. The Caps were whistled for seven minors and one double minor for head contact.
In another league game Friday night, Charlottetown Robin’s Donuts Islanders goaltender Cam Duffy turned in a valiant 64-save effort in a 2-0 loss to the first-place Saint John Vitos at the QPlex.
Duffy stopped 26 of 27 shots in the first period, all 25 he faced in the middle frame and 13 of 14 in the final 20 minutes. Overall, the Vitos outshot the Islanders 66-23, including a 52-8 margin through the first 40 minutes.
Anderson MacDonald (1-1) and Lyndon Breen scored for Saint John (22-8-0).
The Islanders fell to 2-28-2.