Three teams remain undefeated in MHL



The second week in the Maritime Hockey League has been completed, and three teams off to fast starts remain undefeated. The Dieppe Commandos sit at 4-0 while the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Woodstock Slammers end the week with 3-0 records.

The action began on Thursday with the Crushers shutting out the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 4-0. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with a goal and two assists. Luc Poirier, Garrett Lambke and Mike Lyle also added goals for the Crushers. Devan Tremblay turned aside all 25 shots he faced. The other game that night featured a rematch of last season’s Kent Cup Final between the Dieppe Commandos and Truro Bearcats. The Commandos would exact some revenge on the Bearcats defeating them 5-2 in Dieppe. Commandos captain Ryan Langan had a goal and two assists, Mathieu Newcomb tallied two goals with Marc Terriault stopping 19 of 21 shots in the victory.

Friday night saw three games being held, the first being the Woodstock Slammers defeating the Summerside Western Capitals 2-1 in Woodstock. Zach Whitlock and Logan Saunders scored the Slammers goals with Matt Jenkins stopping 36 of 37 shots in the Woodstock net. The Campbellton Tigers rallied for four unanswered third period goals to defeat the Yarmouth Mariners 5-4 in Campbellton. Shawn Hubley capped the improbable comeback at 17:42 of the third period. Connor Hilton had a goal and two assists while Tyler Johnson netted a pair of goals. Alexis Paiement stopped 17 of 21 shots in the win. The final game was the Valley Wildcats defeating the St. Stephen County Aces by a score of 7-1. Wildcats captain Anthony Cardinal and Lukas Kane registered a goal and two helpers with Mark Loveday stopping 28 of 29 shots.

Saturday would also feature three games, beginning with the Truro Bearcats winning their home opener over the St. Stephen County Aces by a score of 8-4. Jordan McNaughton score a pair of goals and added three assists in the win for the Bearcats. Colby Lanceleve, Jacob Smith and Daniel Perigo all had three point efforts while Mark Grametbauer stopped 27 of 31 shots in the win. The Miramichi Timberwolves would also win their home opener when they defeated the Yarmouth Mariners by a score of 7-4. Rory Court, Michael Constantine and Billy Gaston all had three-point efforts with Alex Collette turning aside 35 of 39 Yarmouth shots in the win. The final game of the night saw the Valley Wildcats defeat the Amherst Ramblers in Amherst by a score of 4-2. Mike Molloy scored a hat trick with Grant Janes also scoring for the Wildcats. Former Rambler Billy Clarke stopped 27 of 29 shots in the win for the Wildcats.

Sunday would see a pair of afternoon contests finishing with identical scores. The Bridgewater Lumberjacks defeated the Amherst Ramblers 7-2. Jesse MacInnis and Alex Mann both scored a pair of goals while Ryan Groom added four assists. Christopher Langlais stopped 29 of 31 shots in the win. The final game of the week was the Dieppe Commandos travelling to Berwick to take on the Valley Wildcats. The Commandos used a big second period to defeat the Wildcats 7-2. Robbie Graham scored two goals with two assists while Ryan Langan and Alex Mann also had three point efforts. Daniel Vautour stopped 34 of 36 shots in the win for the Commandos.

MHL action will resume this Thursday with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers hosting the Valley Wildcats and the Dieppe Commandos hosting the St. Stephen County Aces.