The Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Pride won their opening game of the 2019 Chronicle Herald East Coast Ice Jam tournament on Thursday.
The defeated Pictou County 3-1, and will play twice on Friday – against the Cape Breton Tradesmen at 9:30 a.m., and Western Kings at 5:30 p.m.
In major bantam action Thursday, the Prince County Warriors, who fell to 0-2 (won-lost), lost 3-1 to the Bedford Barons; the Eastern Express (0-2) fell 6-4 to the Valley Wildcats, and the Mid-Isle Matrix lost its opener 1-0 to the Kennebecasis Valley Kings. Mid-Isle will play its second game of the day against the Port City Sharks at 8:45 p.m.
Also Thursday, the Central Attack (1-0) will face The Gulls at 6:45 p.m.
Pride 3 Pictou County 1
After a scoreless first period, the Pride took a 1-0 lead into the final frame.
Alex Graham (1-1), Nick Reeves and Reid Vos scored for the Pride while Jake Squires (2) and Cameron MacLean chipped in with assists. Graham’s goal with 8:05 remaining in the third period broke a 1-1 tie.
Ben Fraser answered for Pictou County.
Erik MacInnis earned the goaltending win.
Barons 3 Warriors 1
Carter Hood, Ethan MacVicar and Lucas Taylor scored for the Barons, who struck for three unanswered third-period goals.
Clark Allain set up Noah Phillips to open the game’s scoring for Prince County in the second period.
Noah Blanchard earned the goaltending win, and Nylan Hustler was between the pipes for Prince County.
Prince County plays Kennebecasis Valley on Friday at 9:15 a.m.
Kings 1 Matrix 0
Morgan Profit’s third-period goal was the difference.
Jack Flanagan posted the shutout. Tyler Rogers handled Mid-Isle’s goaltending duties.
Mid-Isle’s final round-robin game is against the Western Kings on Friday at 6:45 p.m.
Wildcats 6 Express 4
The Wildcats, led by Makai Mahaney’s two goals and one assist, built period leads of 1-0 and 4-2. Cameron Henderson (2), Harrison Seaman (1-1) and Ethan Escott rounded out Valley’s scoring.
Holden Bradley (2), Caleb MacDonald (1-2) and Josh Burgess replied for the Express.
Winning goaltender was Mason Veinotte. Ethan Smith was in goal for Eastern.