Wild hosts rare Wednesday night game

Jason Simmonds
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League-leading Saint John Vitos visit Gardens

KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild face another tough challenge on Wednesday.

Colton Chiasson of the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild looks to beat the Miramichi Rivermen’s Michael Waugh to a loose puck in the corner during a New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League game at Community Gardens on Friday night.

After splitting a pair of home games last weekend against the Miramichi Rivermen in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League, the Wild will host the first-place Saint John Vitos in a make-up contest on Wednesday. The opening faceoff at Community Gardens is set for 7:50 p.m.

The Vitos bring a 20-7-1 (won-lost-overtime/shootout) record to Kensington, and the fourth-place Wild sits at 11-14-3.

Can secure home-ice advantage

A win will secure home-ice advantage for the Wild in the provincial championship series with the Charlottetown Islanders to determine P.E.I.’s representative at the Atlantic major midget hockey championship.

The Wild is coming off an exciting 4-3 overtime win over the Rivermen on Campbell Gallant’s power-play goal in the first minute of overtime on Saturday night.

Miramichi jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was 14 minutes old en route to a 3-1 win on Friday night.

Four of the Wild’s last five games have been against the Rivermen (19-8-2) and Moncton Flyers (20-9-0), who are tied for second place. The Wild has gone 2-2 in those contests.

The Wild pulled out a 3-1 victory in the last head-to-head meeting with Saint John in very entertaining game featured strong goaltending at both ends of the rink. That, combined with Saturday’s exciting finish against Miramichi, and the Wild is hoping for a big crowd.

Organizations: P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League

Geographic location: Saint John, Community Gardens, New Brunswick Miramichi Kensington

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