Kensington concludes regular season with 23 wins
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild now must play the waiting game.
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Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild defenceman Chris McQuaid.
The Wild defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 7-3 on Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League. Kensington is two points up on the Saint John Vitos, who lost 3-2 to the Moncton Flyers on Saturday.
The Wild completed the 35-game regular season with 48 points on the strength of a 23-10-2 (won-lost-overtime losses) record. However, the Wild must wait for the result of the regular-season finale between the Saint John Vitos (23-11-0) and Fredericton Caps 19-9-6) to determine the final placings.
Before 300 fans at Community Gardens, Chris McQuaid scored twice while Brodie MacArthur (1-2), Kyle Pinksen (1-2), Frank Fortin (1-1), Evan Gallant and Isaac Knox also scored for the Wild. Clark Webster, Brendan Shea and TJ Shea drew assists.
Alex Chapman (2) and Jordon Birt answered for the Islanders (2-31-2). Cale Pierce (2), Kallum Muirhead, Connor McGregor and Brodie MacMillan added helpers.
The Wild held period advantages of 2-1 and 4-3.
Liam Jay, who stopped nine of 12 shots in 26 minutes, and Luke Oliver, who turned aside all 11 shots he faced in 34 minutes, shared the goaltending duties for Kensington. Cam Duffy was between the pipes for Charlottetown. The Wild outshot the Islanders 55-23, including period advantages of 18-10, 16-4 and 21-9.
The Wild completed the regular season on a six-game winning streak. Two of those wins came against the Vitos, including a 1-0 decision in Saint John, N.B., on Friday night.
Knox set up MacArthur for the game’s lone goal, and goaltender Luke Oliver turned in an outstanding 34-save shutout in recording his 14th win of the season.
MacArthur, who finished with 60 points, is all but assured of winning the league’s scoring title. He is six points ahead of teammate TJ Shea (18-36) while Brandon Stone of Fredericton would need 15 points against Saint John just to tie MacArthur.
The Wild and Islanders will now play a best-of-seven provincial championship series, and the New Brunswick teams will compete in a playoff format to determine the representative of each province at this year’s Atlantic championship in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Wild will host Game 1 on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.