Full slate of games during opening week
CHARLOTTETOWN – The seven-team P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League opens its regular season at the Pownal Sports Centre on Monday.
P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League
The defending P.E.I. and Atlantic minor midget AAA-champion Pownal Gaudet's Auto Body Red Devils will host the Western Regals at 7:55 p.m.
The Red Devils will look to continue their success from last year's incredible season. Forward Harrison Hayden, an all-star at the 2013 Atlantic championship, will lead the offensive attack while defencemen Colin MacEachern and Luke Dibenedetto will be relied on heavily to help veteran goalie James Duffy keep pucks out of the net.
The Red Devils will lean on 12 capable rookies this season as they attempt to make a return trip to the Atlantic championship.
Brett Corcoran returns as the bench boss of the Regals.
"We look to have a hard-working team competing every night, with all four lines providing offence, strong play in the defensive end and balanced goaltending,” assessed Corcoran.
The Regals have 12 returning players on the roster.
The Regals have added incentive to build for the post-season as they are guaranteed a berth in the Atlantic championship as host team of the 2014 tournament at the Jacques Cartier Arena in Alberton in March.
Tuesday, the Mid-Isle Roberts Petro Canada Matrix will host the Charlottetown Brighton Construction Abbies at the APM Centre in Cornwall. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
"We have 12 returning players and four of the eight new players are from the midget AA provincial-champion Southside Lynx," said Matrix coach Mike Lord. "We will feature strong goaltending once again, and a balanced attack from our forward lines.
"We look to have a hard-working team competing every night, with all four lines providing offence, strong play in the defensive end and balanced goaltending." Western Regals coach Brett Corcoran
“(The) defence group is a mix of physical and skill guys. We look forward to a competitive year.”
The Kings County Kings will visit Cody Banks Arena to take on the Sherwood Drug Mart Falcons on Thursday at 8:20 p.m.
"We'll be led by a cast of quality third-year players, Jack Connell, Brandon Smyth and Jeremy Ramsay," said Sherwood coach Craig Foster. "We'll be led offensively by Tanner MacLean, Tanner Lund and Riley Thomson, and defensively by Smyth and Zack Ladner, quality first-year puck movers."
The Kings will host the Summerside Hemphill GM Capitals in Souris on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:55 p.m.
The opening week will conclude with two games on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Red Devils will visit the Abbies at Simmons Sport Centre at 1:35 p.m., and the Regals will entertain the Matrix in Alberton at 7:30 p.m..
The 30-game regular season will conclude on Feb. 15, with the playoffs and Atlantic championship to follow.