The O’Leary Maroons, last year’s regular season and playoff champions, are heading back to the West Prince Senior Hockey League’s championship series.
The Maroons, who finished the abbreviated WPSHL regular season in fourth place, downed the 2018 regular season champion, Wellington Flyers, 6-4 Tuesday night to take their best-of-five semi-final series three games to one. The game was played in front of more than 700 fans at the O’Leary Community Sports Centre.
The game was tied 2-2 after one period and the Maroons went into the third period clinging to a 3-2 lead.
Mike MacIsaac led the way for the Maroons scoring the hat trick including a power play goal and a short-handed empty-net goal. He also chipped in with one assist. Nick Reilly (1-2), Mike Adams and Jeff MacIsaac also scored. Picking up assists for the Maroons were Connor Dyment, 2; Tyson Carragher, Matt Stewart, Darryl Donahue and Jordan MacIsaac.
Todd MacDougall led the way for the Flyers with two goals and an assist. Justin Arsenault (1-1) and Colin Arsenault also scored. Matt Kelly (3), Mitch Lamers, Jeremy Arsenault and Pat MacLennan added assists.
Chase Dyment picked up the goaltending win. Neil Arsenault was in goal for the Flyers.
The game saw five minors and a 10-minute misconduct called against the Flyers and four minors assessed to the Maroons.
The Maroons, who roared back to win three games in a row after the Flyers won Game One of the series, now await the outcome of the Tignish Aces/Alberton Regals semi-final series. That series is tied at a game apiece with Game Three set for the Jacques Cartier Arena tonight at 8:15 p.m.