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Eastern Express takes over first place with win over Central

Eastern Express captain Ryan Steadman, right, chips the puck away from Centra Attack forward Brett Arsenault during Sunday's Prince Edward Island Major Bantam AAA Hockey League contest at MacLauchlan Arena.
Eastern Express captain Ryan Steadman, right, chips the puck away from Centra Attack forward Brett Arsenault during Sunday's Prince Edward Island Major Bantam AAA Hockey League contest at MacLauchlan Arena. - Jason Malloy

Allain tallies two in Prince County victory in major bantam AAA hockey action

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Eastern Express scored four unanswered goals Sunday to defeat the Central Attack 6-3 in Prince Edward Island Major Bantam AAA Hockey League action.

Eastern Express defenceman Harry Clements delivers a hip check to Central Attack forward Ryan Harper during the first period of Sunday's Prince Edward Island Major Bantam AAA Hockey League game at MacLauchlan Arena.
Eastern Express defenceman Harry Clements delivers a hip check to Central Attack forward Ryan Harper during the first period of Sunday's Prince Edward Island Major Bantam AAA Hockey League game at MacLauchlan Arena.

The win vaulted the Express (9-1-0-0) into first place in the four-team league ahead of the second-place Attack (8-3-0-0). It was the second time in four days the Express beat the Attack after winning 4-2 on Thursday.

The teams meet again Friday at 8 p.m. in Souris.

The Prince County Warriors defeated the Mid-Isle Matrix 5-4 in the league’s other game
Here’s a recap of the contests.

Express 6, Attack 3

Caleb MacDonald had three goals, including the winner, and an assist to pace the Express attack.
Harry Clements scored twice while Evan Nicholson got the third-period rally going with a power-play goal three minutes into the final frame. Justin Smith had two assists while Matthew MacLean, James Wood, Ross Campbell and Ryan Steadman each had one.

Brett Arsenault and Cam Squires had a goal and an assist for the Attack while Landon Perry scored the other goal. Captain Luke Coughlin chipped in a pair of helpers.

Tanton Woodridge earned the win while Ethan Clark took the loss.

The Attack held 2-1 and 3-2 period leads. Eastern was 3-for-5 on the power play while Central was 0-for-5.

Warriors 5, Matrix 4
Beau Dawson’s power-play goal in the third period was the winner as the Warriors defeated the Matrix 5-4.

His goal made it 5-2 but the Matrix battled back, scoring a power-play goal with 4:43 left and closed the gap to one when Sam Bowness scored with seven seconds to play.

Clark Allain had two goals while Matt Hackett had a goal and an assist and Ethan Dickson rounded out the scoring in the victory at the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud. Patrick Shea and Carter Arsenault each had two assists while Isaac Arsenault chipped in one.

Tyler Wood had a goal and three assists for the Matrix while Bowness had two goals and a helper. Carson MacDougall also scored. Ryder Howatt had two assists while Graysen LaPorte had one.

George Gallant earned the win while Kale Hunter took the loss.

Each team was 2-for-7 on the power play. Prince County (2-8-1-1) leapfrogged Mid-Isle (2-10-1-0) into third place in the four-team circuit.

Tanton Woodridge is a goalie with the Eastern Express major bantam AAA hockey team.
Tanton Woodridge is a goalie with the Eastern Express major bantam AAA hockey team.

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