PETIT-ROCHER, N.B. – It was a good weekend for P.E.I.’s two major midget hockey teams.
Rookies Isaac Callaghan and Chad Arsenault played key roles in the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild earning a 5-0 road win over the Northern Moose in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Ben Parent earned a 30-save shutout as the Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Pride blanked the Moose 3-0 in a Saturday matinee. The Pride dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the first-place Moncton Flyers to earn three of a possible four points in two weekend games.
The Wild and Pride will meet at Community Gardens in Kensington on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Second-place Kensington is five points behind the Flyers (21-6-2), but has played three fewer games. Charlottetown is fourth at 11-11-4.
Wild 5 Moose 0
At the Petit-Rocher Arena, Callaghan scored a hat trick while Arsenault turned aside all 32 shots directed his way and also earned an assist.
Clark Webster (1-2) and Evan Gallant (1-1) rounded out the scoring for the Wild, who also received assists from Chandler Wood (2), Zac Arsenault and William Proud.
The Wild, who built period leads of 2-0 and 4-0, fired 46 shots at Moose goaltender Isaak Pelletier.
It has been a quiet stretch for the Wild, who last played a game in the Chronicle Herald East Coast Ice Jam tournament on Jan. 14. Sunday marked Kensington’s first league game since Jan. 6.
The Wild and Moose meet again in Bathurst, N.B., on Friday night.
Pride 3 Moose 0
At the K.C. Irving Regional Centre, Connor McGregor’s second-period goal proved to be all the offence Parent required. Dylan Matthews and Logan Kelly-Murphy added insurance markers while Kennedy Gallant (2), Shaul Mitton and Noah Griffin collected helpers.
After a scoreless first period, the Pride took a 2-0 advantage into the final 20 minutes.
Pelletier was tested 32 times for the Moose (7-15-4).
Flyers 2 Pride 1 (OT)
At the Superior Propane Centre, Yannick Bastarache’s goal 1:18 of overtime lifted the Flyers to victory after Patrick LeBlanc tied the game for Moncton at 16:41 of the third period.
Noah Griffin, assisted by Matthews and Drew Bowman, opened the scoring for the Pride in the first period.
Erik MacInnis had a busy afternoon in goal for the Pride, stopping 42 of 44 shots. Daniel Thompson was tested just 12 times in the Moncton goal.