Vipers take over first place

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In Island Junior Hockey League

ABRAM-VILLAGE – The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers took over first place in the Island Junior Hockey League on Tuesday night.

Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers

The Vipers posted a 4-1 road win over the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings, and the Sherwood A&S Scrap Metal Falcons dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Charlottetown Abbies.

The Vipers improved to 9-3-0 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses), good enough for 18 points. The Falcons, who picked up one point for the overtime loss, dropped their third game in a row to fall to 8-2-1. Sherwood has 17 points.

Vipers 4 Red Wings 1

Before 220 fans at the Evangeline Recreation Centre, Grant Grady made 47 saves and Brett Hogan recorded three points to lead the Vipers.

Hogan (2-1), Kyle Doucette (1-1) and Spencer Montgomery accounted for Kensington’s goals. Single helpers were credited to Kendell Costello, Adam Wight, Mike Ramsay, Tanner McGuigan and Ty Price.

Evan Ballum, assisted by Tyler Clair and Cleve McNeill, netted the lone goal for the Red Wings (5-5-1).

The Vipers built period leads of 1-0 and 3-0.

Overall, the Red Wings held a 48-43 shots-on-goal advantage. Chris Gallant was between the pipes for the Red Wings.

Referee Paul Matte called three of four minor penalties against the Vipers, who also received one 10-minute misconduct.

Abbies 4 Falcons 3 (OT)

At Simmons Sport Centre in Charlottetown, Matt Myers’ goal with 1:53 remaining in overtime lifted the Abbies to victory.

Jake McKenna, Ben Buchannan and Jordan Gallant also scored for the Abbies (4-6-0). Parker Diamond (2), Myers, Willie McGuigan and Logan Hughes chipped in with assists.

For the Falcons, Brady Cook (2) and Matt McQuaid lit the lamp. Brandon Birt (2), Cody McGuire and Kyle McKinnon set up the goals.

The Abbies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.

Kurt Willis earned the goaltending decision over Zack Gallison.

Referee Mike Annear called six minors and one game misconduct against the Falcons. The Abbies were whistled for five minor infractions.

Organizations: Red Wings, Sherwood AS Scrap Metal Falcons, Evangeline Recreation Centre Simmons Sport Centre

Geographic location: Kensington, Charlottetown

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