Midget AAA ch’ship series comes down to winner-take-all game

Eric McCarthy
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At Jacques Cartier Arena on Wednesday

ALBERTON – The P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League’s championship series comes down to one final game here at the Jacques Cartier Arena.

Ben Keefe of the Mid-Isle Matrix prevents Western Regals forward Jake Arsenault from capitalizing on a rebound during third-period action of a recent P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League playoff game in Alberton. The two teams meet in Alberton for the fifth and deciding game of the championship series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Western Regals will host the Mid-Isle Roberts Petro Canada Matrix in Game 5 of the best-of-five championship series on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The regular-season-champion Regals jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, with 5-2 and 3-1 victories, but the Matrix kept their hopes of an Island championship alive with a pair of one-goal wins – 2-1 and 4-3 – on Saturday in Alberton and Sunday at the APM Centre in Cornwall.

Alex Smith has been solid in goal for the Matrix in their two wins, turning aside 42 shots in Sunday’s game alone.

While the Regals have been getting the more shots on goal, Mid-Isle’s big defensive unit has been successful in denying the regular-season champs of second chances.

The series has featured fast, hard-hitting hockey and great fan support, and more of the same is expected for the winner-take-all contest.

Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s game, it won’t be the last meeting between the two clubs this season. In fact, it is a warm-up to the Atlantic minor midget AAA hockey championship in Alberton from March 27 to 30.

The Regals are entered as the host team, and the Matrix will be the P.E.I. representative in the five-team tournament.

wbureau@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Mid-Isle Roberts Petro Canada Matrix, APM Centre

Geographic location: Alberton

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