Wild looks to take 3-0 lead on home ice
KENSINGTON – There is a lot at stake for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild and Charlottetown Mark’s Work Wearhouse Islanders on Wednesday.
The teams will meet in the all-important Game 3 of the best-of-seven P.E.I. major midget hockey championship series at Community Gardens in Kensington. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Wild will be looking to take a 3-0 stranglehold in the series, but a Charlottetown victory will put the Islanders in a position to tie the series up in Game 4 at MacLauchlan Arena on Thursday night.
“We are obviously pleased with how the first two games went, and definitely want to take advantage of being back home on Wednesday,” said Wild head coach Mark Carragher on Tuesday morning. “Not much has to change for us, and we want to treat it like the series is tied and keep the pedal to the metal.”
The Wild won Game 1 by a 9-2 count before a big crowd in Kensington on Saturday night, and scored six goals of the final two periods in a 7-4 win in Game 2 at The Mac on Sunday afternoon.
“We have been physical,” said Carragher. “Our forecheck has been good, we are creating a lot of turnovers, which is resulting in a lot of opportunities.
“We are obviously pleased with how the first two games went, and definitely want to take advantage of being back home on Wednesday. Not much has to change for us, and we want to treat it like the series is tied and keep the pedal to the metal.” Wild head coach Mark Carragher
“We need to continue to be aggressive, continue to be physical and create turnovers. That’s how we’re getting our chances.”
The Wild has also outshot the Islanders 100-52 in the first two games, and Carragher has been pleased with his team’s defensive play.
“Our defence has been playing great, our forwards are doing a good job coming back and our goalie has been solid,” assessed Carragher. “All around, we have been pretty solid.”
Cameron Visser earned the goaltending wins in the first two games, with 19- and 27-save efforts. Carragher confirmed Visser will get the call for Game 3.
The series winner will represent P.E.I. at the Atlantic major midget hockey championship tournament in New Glasgow, N.S., from April 3 to 6.