Tough weekend for Wild

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Kensington drops back-to-back games, including overtime decision

KENSINGTON – It was a forgettable weekend for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.


Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild forward Cole Hackett looks to get around the Fredericton Canadiens’ Cole Hachey during Sunday afternoon’s game in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League in Kensington. The Canadiens won the game 6-5 in overtime.

After dropping a 6-1 road decision to the Moncton Flyers on Saturday night, the Wild let a late lead slip away in a 6-5 overtime loss on home ice to the Fredericton Canadiens on Sunday afternoon.

“We were pretty inconsistent this weekend,” assessed Wild head coach Mark Carragher following Sunday’s game. “Last night (Saturday) definitely wasn’t our best effort.

“Today (Sunday), we showed a lot of good signs, we were good in spurts and at times we were not very good. Inconsistency would be the word of the weekend. It’s disappointing not to get the two points today.”

What makes Sunday’s loss that much more difficult is the Wild held three two-goal leads – 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3. Fredericton scored at 13:50 and 16:55 of the third period to tie the game and force overtime.

“We’ve done a good job all year closing games, and today was an occasion when we didn’t,” said Carragher.

The two losses leave the fourth-place Wild at 10-13-3 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses). Fredericton (10-16-1), which has won six of its last eight games, has closed to within three points of Kensington.

The Wild is back in action on Friday as the Miramichi Rivermen visit Community Gardens for the first of back-to-back games. The teams will also meet on Saturday, with both games getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

 

Canadiens 6 Wild 5 (OT)

At Community Gardens, Ryan Tompkins was credited with the winning goal at 4:48 of the five-minute overtime period. Patrick Daley scored a hat trick while Logan Johnston and David Comeau added the other goals.

“We were pretty inconsistent this weekend. Last night (Saturday) definitely wasn’t our best effort. Today (Sunday), we showed a lot of good signs, we were good in spurts and at times we were not very good. Inconsistency would be the word of the weekend. It’s disappointing not to get the two points today.” Wild head coach Mark Carragher

Cole Hackett led the Wild with two goals and an assist. Sam Jay (1-2), Spencer Sherren (1-1) and Kyle Pinksen rounded out Kensington’s scoring. Bailey Webster (2), Campbell Gallant and Parker Ronahan picked up assists.

The Wild held period leads of 2-1 and 4-3.

Aiden Critchlow earned the goaltending win in relief of starter Ryan Hale. Cameron Visser was the losing goaltender. The final shots-on-goal totals were 47-39 in favour of Fredericton.

Referee Jackson Doughart called seven of nine minor penalties against the Wild.

“We took a lot of penalties, gave them some opportunities and they capitalized on them,” said Carragher. “It’s something we will have to learn from moving forward.”

 

Flyers 6 Wild 1

At the Red Ball Internet Centre, Alexandre Bernard (2-1), Liam Conrad (1-1), Patrick Landry, Ryan Chiasson and Zach Adams scored for the Flyers.

Max Morrison, assisted by Michael Evoy, answered for the Wild.

The Flyers led 3-0 after the first period, and 6-1 after 40 minutes.

Winning goaltender was Maxim Landry, and Bradley Shea took the loss. Moncton outshot Kensington 27-23.

The Wild was assessed six of the game’s 10 minor penalties.

 

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Organizations: Red Ball

Geographic location: Kensington, Fredericton, Community Gardens Moncton

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