With road victory over Red Wings
ABRAM-VILLAGE – The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers have opened up a little breathing room atop the Island Junior Hockey League standings.
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The Vipers picked up an 8-4 decision over the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings on Tuesday night to increase their lead over the Montague Maniacs to four points.
Kensington improved to 22-4-0 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses), good enough for 44 points in 26 games. Montague, which lost 4-3 in overtime to the Holland College Hurricanes on Monday night, is 19-6-2. The Maniacs have 40 points in 27 contests.
Vipers 8 Red Wings 4
At the Evangeline Recreation Centre, the Vipers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the halfway mark of the first period, and never looked back.
Jeremy Jollimore (2-2), Drew Coulson (2), Jordan Mayhew (1-2), Brandon Gallant (1-1), Tanner MacGuigan and Spencer McAllister scored for the Vipers. Kyle Doucette (2), Morgan Walker, Logan Garnhum, Zen Hamil and Brett Hogan added assists.
Jeremy Balderston (1-2), Lucas Matthews, Blake Ozon and Ryan McNeill answered for the Red Wings (9-16-2). Other assists went to Fidan Feta, Brett Adams and Taylor Smith.
The Vipers held comfortable period leads of 6-1 and 7-1.
Winning goaltender was Dylan McQuaid. Western starting goaltender Chris Gallant gave up six goals, and Bradley Shea allowed two in relief. The final shots-on-goal totals were 59-37 in favour of the Vipers.
Referee Tim Hamel called just four minors in the game – three of those against Kensington.
Hurricanes 4 Maniacs 3
At the Pownal Sports Centre, JP Provencher scored with 2:24 left in overtime to lift the Hurricanes.
Nick MacDonald’s goal with 1:11 remaining in the third period tied the game 3-3 for the Hurricanes (6-17-0-3). Adam Gardiner (2-1) scored the other two Holland College goals, with assists going to Jonny Richards (3), Will Connolly and Curtis Hall.
Connor Myers (1-1), Matt Higgins and Chris Stevenson replied for the Maniacs. Spencer Ross (2), Stewart Branstrom and Peter MacLeod chipped in with helpers.
The Hurricanes led 1-0 after the first and second periods.
Overall, the Hurricanes outshot the Maniacs 51-41. Matt Derry earned the goaltending win over Tyler Whiffen.
Referee Tim Hamel five minors and two 10-minute misconducts against the Maniacs. The Hurricanes picked up three minor infractions.