MONCTON, N.B. – The P.E.I. Senators proved it’s not how you start the season, but rather how you finish.
© Photo courtesy of Kelly Gallant
The P.E.I. Senators pose for a team photo after winning the Novice Major Division of the New Brunswick AAA Series this spring.
The Senators, who were based out of The Plex in Slemon Park, competed in the Novice Major Division of the New Brunswick AAA Series this spring for 2005-born players.
The spring schedule was comprised of a 10-game schedule, followed by a two-game playoff on the last day. A total of eight teams – two from P.E.I., five from New Brunswick and one from Quebec – took part in the series.
The Senators started the spring season with a record of 1-3 (won-lost) in the opening tournament in Tracadie, N.B.
The Senators started to come together and focused on playing team defence in the second weekend of play en route to posting three wins and a tie. During the last two games of the regular season, the Senators continued strong defensive play and earned a pair of 2-0 victories, giving both goaltenders Kale Hunter and Tanton Wooldridge a shutout.
The Senators completed the regular season in third place in the overall standings. The playoffs featured the top four teams.
The Senators, behind Kale Hunter’s shutout goaltending and goals off the sticks of Patrick Shea and Ethan Gallant, edged the second-place Cougars from Quebec 2-0 in one semifinal to set up a championship game against the fourth-place Huskies.
Hunter delivered several key saves, including a glove stop with seconds to go in the game.
The Huskies, meanwhile, needed overtime to defeat the first-place Lynx 4-3 in an all-New Brunswick semifinal game.
The Senators jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods en route to a 5-3 win over the Huskies in the championship game. Gallant scored three of the Senators’ goals while Shea netted the other two.
The Huskies, however, made things interesting as they cut the Senators’ lead to 3-2 partway through the third period. The teams traded goals again, but the Senators added a late empty-net goal to clinch the gold medal.