Charlottetown Islanders vs. Kensington Wild
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild and Charlottetown Islanders will get to know each other very well over the next two weeks.
The provincial rivals will meet three times over a 13-day stretch in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League. The first meeting will be in Kensington on Saturday night. It will mark the Wild’s first home game since Nov. 24.
The Wild will visit the Islanders at MacLauchlan Arena on the UPEI campus on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1:45 p.m., and the teams will renew acquaintances back at the Gardens for a Boxing Day evening match on Dec. 26. Both games in Kensington are listed as 7:30 starts.
The Wild took a 6-10-1 (won-lost-overtime/shootout losses) record into Friday’s road game against the Miramichi Rivermen. The Islanders, who are three points back of the fourth-place Wild, bring a 4-13-2 resumé to Kensington.
The highest-placing team in the league standings at the end of regular-season play will earn home-ice advantage for the provincial championship series between the Wild and Islanders that will determine P.E.I.’s representative at the Atlantic championship.
The teams have split their first two regular-season meetings, with the Wild winning 4-3 in Charlottetown on Oct. 11, and the Islanders pulling out a 4-2 victory in Kensington on Oct. 26.
After winning just two of their first 10 games, the Wild has gone 4-2-1 in their last seven games to earn nine of a possible 14 points. Kensington collected three of a possible four points on the road in inter-locking play with the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League last weekend. The Wild edged the Valley Wildcats 3-2 and lost 3-2 to South Shore in overtime.
Overall, the Wild earned seven of a possible eight points against Nova Scotia teams this season. They swept a pair of home games in early November.