KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms made it back-to-back four-point weekends in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.
After winning sweeping two games last weekend, the Wild defeated the Fredericton Caps 5-1 on Sunday afternoon following a 6-5 win over the Saint John Vitos on Saturday night.
The second-place Wild has now won five games in a row, and six of its last seven games to improve to 14-5-1 (won-lost-overtime losses). Kensington has closed to within three points of the first-place Moncton Flyers (15-4-2) heading into Friday night’s showdown between the league’s top two teams in Moncton, N.B.
The Wild’s next home game is the annual Boxing Day clash versus provincial rival Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Pride (7-10-2) at 7:30 p.m.
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At Willie O’Ree Place in the New Brunswick capital, rookie Marc Richard had a goal and two assists to pace the Wild offensively. Ryan Richards (2), Evan Gallant (1-1) and Colby MacArthur also scored while Thomas Rennie and Chandler Wood each contributed two helpers.
Max Grant netted the lone goal for Fredericton (6-15-0).
The Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period, and took a 4-0 cushion into the final frame.
Rookie goaltender Chad Arsenault turned aside 34 of 35 shots to improved his undefeated record to 10-0 (won-lost) in regular-season season. Arsenault sports a 2.08 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
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At Community Gardens, Gallant and rookie Chase Gaudette each scored two goals to lead the Wild versus Saint John in an entertaining contest.
Rennie and Clark Webster also scored for the Wild while seven players –Richards (2), MacArthur (2), Richard (2), Wood, Bradley Campbell, Dixon MacLeod and Austin Callaghan – contributed assists.
Drew Johnson (2), Carter McCluskey, Blake Young and Kale McCallum replied for the Vitos (12-8-0).
The Wild held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2.
Caleb Coyle earned the goaltending.