Webster nets winner, Oliver earns shutout
KENSINGTON – Clark Webster made sure his first-ever playoff goal in the major midget ranks was a big one.
The rookie defenceman opened the scoring at 9:05 of the first period, and that was all the offence the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild would require in a 5-0 win over the Charlottetown Robin’s Donuts Islanders on Saturday night.
“I joined the rush and there was an open spot in the slot,” said the 15-year-old Webster in explaining how the goal developed. “I walked in and picked the top right corner.”
The win gives the Wild a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven provincial major midget championship series. Kensington will have a chance to win its second provincial title in three years on Sunday, when the teams meet in Game 4 at MacLauchlan Arena in a 1:45 p.m. start.
Before an estimated 500 fans at Community Gardens, Lucas Beaulieu, Tayler Read, Kyle Pinksen and Zach Thususka also scored for the Wild. Coleton Perry, TJ Shea and Ryan Boswall added assists.
Wild goaltender Luke Oliver, who has allowed only three goals in the first three games of the series, registered a 14-save shutout.
“It wasn’t too busy in our end, but they came in spurts and when they come you have to be ready,” said Oliver. “All-around, the boys played pretty well.”
Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, it was a much busier night for Islanders goaltender Noah Laybolt, who stopped 39 of 44 shots.
Oliver praised the play of his teammates in front of him.
“The penalty kill has been unreal this series,” said Oliver. “They have been good at getting pucks out, clearing guys out in front of the net and doing all the little things in front of the net.”