The Vipers will host the Montague Maniacs in Game 1 of the best-of-seven semifinal series at Community Gardens. The opening faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Maniacs are coming in on a high after defeating the Holland College Hurricanes in overtime of the fifth and deciding game of the quarter-final series between the fourth- and fifth-place teams.
Former Summerside Western Capital and Western Red Wing goaltender Alex Micalef earned the win in Game 5 for the Maniacs, and he will be counted on heavily in this series.
The Vipers enter the playoffs with the top two goaltenders in the regular season – rookie Grant Grady and veteran Logan Reid. The Vipers allowed the fewest goals this season, and their defence and goaltending will be counted on to shut down the Maniacs.
The first-place Vipers, who had to wait for the winner of the Holland College-Montague series, last played on Feb. 17.
After picking up some injuries late in the season, it proved to be a much-needed break for the Vipers. Kensington head coach Wade Waddell added it’s not always ideal to have that long of a break before the playoffs, but this season it was a blessing in disguise.
This marks the first playoff meeting between the two teams since the Vipers defeated the host Maniacs in the championship game of the 2011 Don Johnson Cup to claim the Atlantic junior B title.
The Vipers drew great crowds all season, and management is hoping for continued support in the post-season . Fans are reminded that season passes are for the regular season only and not valid for playoff games.
When They Play
Kensington Vipers-Montague Maniacs series schedule:
Game 1 – Wednesday, March 6: Kensington, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday, March 8: Montague, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, March 10: Kensington, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Tuesday, March 12: Montague, 8 p.m.
Game 5 – Wednesday, March 13: Kensington, 7:30 p.m., if necessary.
Game 6 – Friday, March 15: Montague, 7:30 p.m., if necessary.
Game 7 – Sunday, March 17: Kensington, 7 p.m., if necessary.