Capitals take 2-1 lead over Mid-Isle
SUMMERSIDE – It was a busy weekend in the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs.
The Western Regals trimmed the Sherwood Falcons 10-3 and the Charlottetown Abbies topped the Kings County Kings 7-3 to complete sweeps of the best-of-five quarter-final series on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Summerside Capitals are one win away from advancing. The Caps defeated the Mid-Isle Matrix by a score of 4-0 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead, with Game 4 in Kensington on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. Mid-Isle evened the series 1-1 with a 3-0 win on Saturday night.
Capitals 4 Matrix 0
At Credit Union Place’s Ice Pad, Koby Bridges turned aside all 22 shots he faced to notch the shutout and league most-valuable-player Logan Vandervelden scored a hat trick as the Caps connected for three power-play goals in taking a 2-1 series lead.
Dawson McCormack (1-1) also scored for the Caps, who took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission after a scoreless opening 20 minutes.
Mid-Isle goaltender Caelan Ferguson faced 30 shots.
Matrix 3 Capitals 0
At the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud, the Matrix scored twice in the middle frame and added a single tally in the final 20 minutes while Ferguson posted the shutout.
Kurtis Green (1-1), Tanner Hood and CJ McCardle dented the twine for the Matrix. Daniel Collister (2), Garrett Murray and Brandon Watts contributed helpers.
Jaxon Lamont was between the pipes for Summerside.
Regals 10 Falcons 3
At the Jacques Cartier Arena in Alberton, the Regals, led by Tyson Arsenault’s two goals and four assists, jumped out to period leads of 5-0 and 7-2.
Diego LeClair (2-1), Brayden Arsenault (1-3), Connor Morrissey (1-2), Tristan Cahill (1-1), Will Tuplin (1-1), Brayden Handrahan (1-1) and Cody Ellsworth also scored for the Regals. Keaton Horne added two assists.
For the Falcons, Matthew Sinnott (1-1), Matthew McAulay and Joseph Hood found the back of the net.
Colin Gaudette was the winning goaltender.
Abbies 7 Kings 3
At Simmons Sport Centre in Charlottetown, Kyle Doucette (2), Alex Hall, Ryan May, Andrew Campbell, Jack Miller and Ryne MacIsaac contributed goals for the Abbies, who blew the game open with four unanswered third-period goals. Patrick Young and Connor Jones each had a pair of helpers.
Matthew MacLaren (1-1), Eddie Jenkins and Brodie McCarthy answered for the Kings.
Kings County led 2-0 after the first period, and the teams went into the second intermission tied 3-3.
Winning goaltender was Ava Boutilier.