KENSINGTON – The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Sherwood-Parkdale A&S Scrap Metal Metros in the best-of-seven semifinal matchup in the Island Junior Hockey League.
The Vipers, who opened the series with a 5-3 road win on Friday night, built a 5-1 lead after two periods, and held on for a 6-4 victory in Game 2 on Sunday night, played before 300 fans at Credit Union Centre in Kensington, previously Community Gardens.
The series is scheduled to resume at the Cody Banks Arena in Charlottetown on Wednesday at 8 p.m., with Game 4 back in Kensington on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
A balanced offensive attack keyed the Vipers’ win in Game 2 as 12 different players registered points. Goals came off the sticks of Nathan Sanderson (1-1), affiliated player Blake Gallant (1-1), Spencer Sherren, Campbell Gallant, Noah Stewart and Garrett Murray. Jacob Stewart (2), Riley Gallant (2), Easton Smith (2), Logan Vandervelden (2), Parker Ronahan and Keegan Buchanan chipped in with assists.
Tanner Lund (1-1), Taylor Runighan, Pat McGuigan and affiliated player Connor McGregor countered for the Metros, who trailed 3-0 after one period.
Rett Rook blocked 38 of 42 shots in earning the goaltending win. Alex Kelly stopped 25 of 31 shots between the pipes for the Metros.