Traven Gaudet’s three-goal, one-assist performance sparked the Aces’ offence in an 8-3 victory over the Lynx on Sunday night.
The win improved Tignish’s resumé to 16-5-2 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses), good enough for 34 points. The Crapaud-based Lynx has 36 points on the strength of a 17-4-2 mark.
In other league action on Sunday night, the North River Flames blanked the Tyne Valley Clover Farmers 5-0.
Aces 8 Lynx 3
At the Tignish Credit Union Arena, the Aces held period leads of 3-1 and 4-3 before putting the game out of reach with four unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes.
Slade Handrahan (2-1), Riley Shea (1-1), Kirk Ramsay and Parker Arsenault scored for the Aces. Other assists went to Dillan Rayner (2), Karter Hackett (2) and Joel MacIsaac.
For the Lynx, Rob Miller (1-1), Cody Dawson and Alex MacLeod found the back of the net. Chad Murphy (2), Marshall Thomas, Morgan Watts and Evan Harding added helpers.
Overall, the Aces held a 30-27 shots-on-goal advantage. Jake Hackett picked up the goaltending decision.
Referee Jonny Martin called just four minor infractions – three of them against the Aces.
The Regal Cresting player of the game for the Aces was Gaudet.
Flames 5 Clover Farmers 0
At the Tyne Valley Community Sports Centre, Kurt Willis registered the 19-save shutout while Tyne Valley goaltender Jordan Arsenault faced 48 shots.
The Flames jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead, and took that advantage into the first two intermissions.
Brennan Dalziel (1-1), Adam Gallant, Brad Power, Dan MacPhee and Dakota Vessey lit the lamp for the Flames (14-7-2). Bradley Vukicevic, Logan LeClair, Jeremy MacAulay, Curtis Gant, Lal Hennessey and Ryan MacGuigan earned single assists.
Referee Richard Johnson called nine minors, one 10-minute misconduct and one game misconduct against the Clover Farmers (1-20-0). North River picked up just one minor penalty.