This time, it was the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers’ turn to celebrate an overtime win.
CJ McCardle’s goal at 6:10 of the first extra period lifted the Vipers to a 5-4 win over the Sherwood-Parkdale A&S Scrap Metal Metros on Wednesday night. The win evens the best-of-seven Island Junior Hockey League semifinal series at 1-1, after the Metros prevailed 5-4 in overtime in Game 1 on Sunday, March 16.
The teams will return to Credit Union Centre in Kensington for Game 3 on Sunday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
At the Cody Banks Arena, Kensington received five-point efforts from Jonathan Arsenault, who had two goals and three assists, and Garrett Murray, who assisted on all the Vipers’ markers. McCardle (2-2) had four points while Ryan McKenna netted Kensington’s other goal.
Nick Currie (1-1), Tanner Lund (1-1), Zach Ladner and Ryan Boswall, who netted a short-handed goal with 4:53 remaining in regulation time to cap a three-goal third-period rally to force overtime, countered for the Metros. Jordan Birt (2), Cale Pierce and Barrington Duffy drew helpers.
The Vipers led 2-0 after the opening period, and took a 4-1 advantage into the second intermission.
Winning goaltender Caleb Coyle stopped 22 of 26 shots. Liam Jay started for the Metros and gave up four goals on 24 shots in 25 minutes of action. Matt Jelley stopped 15 of 16 shots over the game’s final 41 minutes.
The Metros were assessed 10 of the game’s 18 minor penalties. Sherwood-Parkdale also received two 10-minute misconducts.