Veteran defenceman scores important back-to-back goals late in second period
Veteran Zac Arsenault scored back-to-back goals late in the second period to give the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild control of Saturday night’s game against the Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Pride
Arsenault, who added an assist for a three-point night, dented the twine at 16:18 and 18:03 to turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 Wild lead at the end of 40 minutes after a scoreless opening period. The Wild went on to win the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League game 6-1 at Credit Union Centre in Kensington.
Arsenault, a third-year defenceman from Montague and a draft pick of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Charlottetown Islanders, improved his point total to 31, including 12 goals and 19 assists, in 29 regular-season games.
Bennett MacArthur (1-1), Jack Campbell (1-1), Dixon MacLeod and Reid Peardon also scored for Kensington, which improved to 25-6-1 (won-lost-overtime losses). Keiran Gallant (2), Colby MacArthur (2), Landon Clow (2) and Ryan Richards contributed assists.
Max Chisholm, assisted by Declan MacEachern, replied for the Pride (15-17-1).
Overall, each team recorded 31 shots on goal. Josh Smith earned the goaltending win, and Erik MacInnis was between the pipes for the Pride.
The Wild's road game against the Northern Moose (1-28-2) in Bathurst, N.B., on Sunday afternoon was postponed due to traffic restrictions on the Confederation Bridge. The Wild has three regular-season games remaining – at home against the Moose on Wednesday at 7:50 p.m., at the Fredericton Caps (8-20-4) on Feb. 17 and the make-up game from Sunday.
The Pride has one regular-season game remaining – a make-up game at the Moose from Friday night that is yet to be rescheduled.