The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild is off to a 2-0 (won-lost) start at the 2019 Chronicle Herald East Coast Ice Jam hockey tournament in Bedford, N.S.
After defeating the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League-leading Cole Harbour WolfPack 4-1 on Wednesday night, the Wild defeated the second-place Halifax McDonald’s 3-1 on Thursday evening. Cole Harbour’s league record is 25-2-2 while Halifax is 19-5-3.
Kensington, the second-place team in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League at 21-5-1, will complete round-robin play on Friday against the Nova Scotia league’s third-place team, Steele Subaru (15-10-2) from Dartmouth, at 5 p.m.
In major bantam play Thursday night, two P.E.I. major bantam teams suffered losses. The Central Attack dropped a 5-0 decision to The Gulls of Nova Scotia, and the Mid-Isle Matrix fell 6-1 to the Port City Sharks.
Wild 3 McDonald's 1
At the BMO Centre, Dixon MacLeod’s unassisted goal with 10:23 remaining in the third period broke a 1-1 tie, and stood up as the game-winner.
The Wild penalty-killing units came up huge as Kensington killed off six minutes in penalties in the final 8:21 of the third period.
Landon Clow (1-1) sealed the win with an empty-net goal with two seconds remaining.
Keiran Gallant gave the Wild a 1-0 first-period lead, and Mitch McLeod evened the score for the McDonald’s in the middle frame.
Duncan Picketts added an assist for the Wild.
Chad Arsenault turned in another strong effort between the pipes for Kensington.
The Gulls 5 Attack 0
Noah Harvey provided shutout goaltending while Leighton Carruthers (2-1), Cael MacDonald (1-1), Drew Maddian and Bailey Shortall provided goals for The Gulls.
The period scores were 1-0 and 3-0 in favour of The Gulls.
The Attack, winners of the 2018 Monctonian AAA Challenge, takes a 1-1 (won-lost) record into Friday’s final round-robin game against the South Shoe Lumberjacks at 4:45 p.m.
Sharks 6 Matrix 1
The Sharks scored three unanswered second-period goals to open up a 4-1 lead after the first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
Seth Thompson (3), Kiefer Lyons (1-4). Riley Yeomans (1-1) and Matt McRae (1-1) scored for the Sharks.
Michael Arsenault, assisted by Angus Beaton and Brennan Murphy answered for Mid-Isle.
Ben Cairns earned the goaltending win.
the Matrix faces the Western Kings at 6:45 p.m.