Versus Regals in Alberton on Wednesday night
CORNWALL – The Mid-Isle Matrix pulled out a pair of one-goal wins over the Western Regals to stay alive in the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League championship series over the weekend.
P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League
The Matrix rallied with two unanswered third-period goals to win 4-3 on Sunday night, and prevailed 2-1 on Saturday night.
“We obviously expected different on the ending, but the boys played pretty hard, for the most part,” commented Regals head coach Brett Corcoran after Game 3.
The best-of-five series is now tied 2-2, with the fifth and deciding game scheduled for the Jacques Cartier Arena in Alberton on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams will participate in the Atlantic minor midget AAA hockey championship tournament in Alberton from March 27 to 30. The Regals are host team and the Matrix will be the P.E.I. representative in the five-team tournament.
Matrix 4 Regals 3
At the APM Centre in Cornwall, James Murphy tied the game 2:38 into the third period, and Brady VanderVelden’s goal at 3:41 gave the Matrix the lead for good.
Cody Miller and Matt Dickieson also scored for the Matrix, who led 2-1 after the first period and trailed 3-2 following 40 minutes.
Jeff Gaudet, Jason Gallant and Brendon Shea replied for the Regals.
Winning goaltender was Alex Smith and Avery Arsenault took the loss.
Matrix 2 Regals 1
Before a packed house at the Jacques Cartier Arena, a second-period goal by Murphy and standout goaltending from Smith was the difference for the Matrix.
Miller got the puck back to Murphy, who was skating just inside the Regals’ blue-line on the right-wing. Murphy blasted a shot through traffic that beat Arsenault just under the cross bar on the blocker side at 4:55 of the second period.
Mid-Isle’s Ben Keefe and Western’s Chase McCue exchanged first-period goals.
Corcoran felt Smith was the difference in the outcome.
“He (Smith) played solid,” commented Corcoran. “We fired lots of shots at him.
“We just couldn’t get anything by him. He saw all of the shots. We couldn’t get the traffic in front of the net that we were looking for.”
The Regals had a two-man power play for 1:49 in the first period, but couldn’t capitalize. Actually it was a 5-on-2 advantage for at least 10 seconds while an injured Mid-Isle forward struggled to get off the ice.