Kensington wins fifth straight and ninth IJHL title in 11 years
MONTAGUE – The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers made it five straight Island Junior Hockey League championships on Saturday night.
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The Vipers, who went a perfect 8-0 (won-lost) in the post-season, outlasted the Montague Maniacs 10-7 to sweep the best-of-seven championship series. The Vipers, who have also won nine of the last 11 provincial titles, will now defend the Don Johnson Memorial Cup at the Eastern Canadian junior B hockey championships in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., from April 22 to the 27.
At the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, the Vipers jumped out to period leads of 6-4 and 8-4.
Spencer McAllister, Adam Wight and Brett Hogan, who was named the most valuable player of the playoffs, all scored two goals for the Vipers. Josh Bowman, Kyle Doucette and Jeremy Jollimore all had a goal and an assist while Ryan Murray chipped in with a single tally.
Jordan Mayhew (3), Logan Garnhum (2), Ryan Kelly and Spencer Montgomery chipped in with assists.
For the Maniacs, Matt Higgins (3), Alex Gallant (1-3), Matt Myers (1-2) and Chris Stevenson found the back of the net. Stewart Branstrom, Sean Corney and Luke Collings added assists.
Grant Grady earned the goaltending win in relief of starter Dylan McQuaid. Tyler Whiffen and Geoff Gaudet both saw action in the Montague goal.
See complete coverage in Monday’s Journal Pioneer.