Local hockey briefs:
Ashley has three-point
SYDNEY, N.S. – Darcy Ashley had a goal and an assist to help the Halifax Mooseheads to a 5-3 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League here at Centre 200 on Tuesday night.
Ashley now has six goals for the league-leading Mooseheads, who have won 24 of their first 28 regular-season games.
ABRAM-VILLAGE – The Island Junior Hockey League announced a schedule change on Tuesday night.
The game between the Sherwood A&S Scrap Metal Falcons and Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings that was scheduled for Dec. 29 has been moved to Sunday, Dec. 30. The start time at the Evangeline Recreation Centre is now 2 p.m.
Three AUS teams
crack top-10 rankings
OTTAWA – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the ninth and final Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey rankings of the fall semester.
The first portion of the regular schedule came to an end last weekend, and conference play will resume on January 3.
The Bears (14-4-0) lead the Top 10 for the fourth straight week after receiving nine of 16 first-place votes and 158 points from the national media panel.
Three Atlantic University Sport teams cracked the top-10 rankings this week. They were Acadia (12-3-1) at No. 2, UNB (12-4-0) were ranked fourth and Saint Mary’s (11-4-1) was in seventh spot.
]Carter nets winner for
Red Wings vs. Vipers
KENSINGTON – Brandon Carter’s shootout goal lifted the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings back to .500 with a 5-4 win over arch-rival Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers.
The Island Junior Hockey League contest was played before 321 fans at Community Gardens recently.
John Ryan Francis had two goals and an assist to lead the Abram-Village-based Red Wings, who improved to 7-7-1 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses). Jarret MacRae and Brett Adams also dented the twine while Cleve McNeill (2), TJ Campbell (2), Taylor Smith, Tyler Clair and Fidan Feta chipped in with other helpers.
Jordan Mayhew (1-1), Spencer Montgomery (1-1), Jeremy Jollimore and Brett Hogan countered with regulation-time goals for the Vipers (11-3-1). Kyle Doucette added a single helper.
The Vipers led 1-0 after the first period and 3-2 following 40 minutes.
Referee Thane Arsenault called seven minors and one double minor for high sticking against the Red Wings. The Vipers picked up seven minors, two fighting majors and two game misconducts.
Granites first loss
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Charlottetown Crunch scored four first-period goals, and never looked back en route to a 6-4 victory over the Kensington Clark Insurance Granites here at MacLauchlan Arena recently.
It was the Granites’ first loss of the regular season in the Island Community Senior Hockey League. Kensington fell to 3-1 (won-lost) while the Crunch improved to 1-3.
Josh McKinnon and Drew Power each had four points – one goal and three assists – to lead the Crunch, who held period leads of 4-0 and 5-3. Sheldon Sappier (1-1), Cody Chaisson and Greg O’Brien netted single goals, with other assists credited to winning goaltender Kendall Palmer and Greg McConnell.
Alex Noonan (1-1), Brad Gallant, Jon Cameron and Brad Gallant answered for the Granites. Cameron Webster (2), Tyler Murphy (2), Nich Tremere and Andrew Hayes drew helpers.
Nick Creelman was between the pipes for the Granites.
The Crunch received seven of the game’s 11 minor penalties.