With one-goal win over Islanders
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild continued their hot streak in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League on Thursday night.
The host Wild edged provincial rival Charlottetown Islanders 3-2 to improve to 9-11-1 (won-lost-overtime losses). The Wild has now won three straight games and five of their last seven.
The Islanders, meanwhile, have dropped 10 games in a row and take a 4-14-1 record into Friday night’s road game against the first-place Saint John Vitos (16-4-1).
At Community Gardens, the teams played a scoreless first period. Hunter MacIntyre opened the game’s scoring for the Islanders at 3:43 of the second period, and Wild captain Abel Arsenault evened the score at 11:25. The teams went into the second intermission tied 1-1.
Austin Taylor gave the Wild their first lead of the game at 6:50 of the third period, and Kyle Pinksen’s power-play goal at 13:45 proved to be the game-winner. MacIntyre, with his second of the game, closed out the scoring on the power play with 35 seconds remaining in regulation time.
Campbell Gallant, Michael Evoy, Cole Hackett and Riley Gallant contributed assists for the Wild. Cody McPhee, Jonathan Larter and Alex Hambly contributed helpers for the Islanders.
Overall, the Wild outshot the Islanders 45-35. Winning goaltender was Cameron Visser, and Darryl McCallum took the loss.
The Wild was assessed 10 of the game’s 16 minor penalties.
Kensington’s next game is Saturday in Fredericton against the last-place Canadiens (4-14-1). The Wild’s next home game will be a makeup game at the Tignish Credit Union Arena against Fredericton on Thursday, Jan. 2. Game time is 7 p.m.