The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild opened play in the 2019 Chronicle Herald East Coast Ice Jam hockey tournament on an impressive note Wednesday night.
The Wild posted a solid 4-1 victory over the Cole Harbour WolfPack, the first-place team in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. After losing their first two regular-season games, the WolfPack went on to win 25 of their next 27 league games, with both losses coming in a shootout.
The Wild, meanwhile, is second in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League at 21-5-1 (won-lost-overtime losses), two points behind the Moncton Flyers (22-2-1).
P.E.I.’s other major midget team, Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Pride, opens play at the BMO Centre in Bedford, N.S., on Thursday against Pictou County at 11:30 a.m.
In major bantam action Wednesday, the Dartmouth Whalers edged the Prince County Warriors 1-0; The Novas got by the Eastern Express 4-3, and the Central Attack by the ACCEL Hawks 3-2 in overtime. The Mid-Isle Matrix play their first game against the Kennebecasis Valley Kings on Thursday at 12:45 p.m.
Wild 4 WolfPack 1
Bennett MacArthur scored twice while Chad Arsenault turned in a strong performance between the pipes in leading the Wild, winners of the 2018 Monctonian AAA Challenge.
Rookies Duncan Picketts and Reid Peardon both scored highlight-reel goals for the Wild, who took a 2-0 lead into the third period after the teams played a scoreless opening frame. Keiran Gallant, Ethan Beaulieu, Colby MacArthur, Zac Arsenault, Ryan Richards and Matt McQuaid collected assists.
Gavin Watt netted the lone Cole Harbour goal.
The Wild’s next game is against the Halifax McDonald’s on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Whalers 1 Warriors 0
Cody Garcin’s goal with 12:15 remaining in the third period was the difference.
Mike Fahie earned the shutout. Kiefer Thompson was between the pipes for the Warriors.
Prince County is back on the ice against the Bedford Barons on Thursday. Game time is 9 a.m.
Novas 4 Express 3
Kenzie Cameron (2), Tyler Peddle and Cadyn Stewart scored for The Novas, who rallied with two goals in the final 5:31 of the third period to pull out the one-goal win.
Holden Bradley (1-1), Caleb MacDonald and Connor MacFadyen countered for the Express.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, and The Novas led 2-1 at the end of two.
Nathan Bailey was in goal for Eastern.
The Express plays the Valley Wildcats on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Attack 3 Hawks 2 (OT)
Jonah MacDonald (1-1) scored in overtime to lift the Attack to the victory. Jamie Collins and Nathan Mossey netted regulation-time goals for the Attack, who won the Major Bantam Division of the 2018 Monctonian AAA Challenge.
Joey Henneberry and Liam Welsh answered for the Hawks.
The Attack held period leads of 2-0 and 2-1.
Winning goaltender was Jack Howatt.