Fredericton visits Community Gardens for matinee
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild will look to continue their strong play in back-to-back games this weekend.
The Wild, who are 6-2-2 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses) in their last 10 games in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League, will visit the Moncton Flyers on Saturday night, and host the Fredericton Canadiens on Sunday. Game time at Community Gardens is set for 2 p.m.
“We played Moncton right before the Halifax tournament and beat them (3-1) here (on Jan. 4) the last game,” said Wild head coach Mark Carragher before Wednesday night’s practice. “They are always a tough team, and it’s always a tough game to win in Moncton. We will have to be at our best to beat them on Saturday.
“Sunday, Fredericton is back in our own barn. They (Canadiens) are a big, physical team, so we expect a hard-fought battle as well.”
The Wild will be looking for revenge against the Canadiens, who defeated the Wild 4-1 in Tignish on Jan. 2.
“They are a well-structured team and special teams will be key,” said Carragher. “We need to capitalize on our opportunities because they usually don’t give you a whole lot of time and space.”
The Wild is coming off a very respectable 3-2 record at the East Coast Ice Jam tournament in Bedford, N.S., last weekend.
“It started out with a couple of big wins, and then lost our third game to a Cape Breton team,” reflected Carragher. “We won our first-round game in the playoffs, and then lost a tight game, 2-1, to (eventual tournament champions) Halifax (McDonald’s) in the semifinals.
“Overall, we had a great weekend, the boys played hard, we were in every game and definitely turned some heads while we were over there.”
“We played Moncton right before the Halifax tournament and beat them (3-1) here (on Jan. 4) the last game. They are always a tough team, and it’s always a tough game to win in Moncton. We will have to be at our best to beat them on Saturday. “Sunday, Fredericton is back in our own barn. They (Canadiens) are a big, physical team, so we expect a hard-fought battle as well.” Wild head coach Mark Carragher
The Wild will be without rookie defenceman Lucas Beaulieu, who was injured during last weekend’s tournament.
“Lucas ruptured his spleen on the weekend,” said Carragher. “He’s (Beaulieu) going to be out for a little while, and it’s a tough loss.
“He was playing great for us, and we will definitely miss having him in the lineup.”
Wild manager Ivan Gallant added the entire organization wishes Beaulieu a speedy recovery.
“Hopefully, he will be back visiting his teammates at the rink soon,” offered Gallant, who added defenceman Jesse Annear will return to the lineup this weekend after missing six weeks due to an injury.