Busy week wraps up in MHL
The Maritime Hockey League completed it’s third week of the season, and two teams suffered their first loss while one team remains undefeated.
The season began on Thursday with a pair of games. The first saw the Pictou County Weeks Crushers improve to 4-0 with a 7-2 victory over the Valley Wildcats. Mike Lyle(5 points) and Cole Murphy(3 goals) had big efforts for the Crushers while Devan Tremblay turned aside 25 of 27 shots. The second game of the night saw the Dieppe Commandos score a 5-0 shutout win on home ice over the St. Stephen County Aces. Shane Dallaire scored a pair of goals with team captain Ryan Langan and Cody Drover adding a goal and a helper each. Marc Terriault turned away all 20 shots faced in the shutout.
Friday night would feature four games. The Truro Bearcats travelled to Berwick and took a 5-3 decision over the Valley Wildcats led by a 3 point performance from team co-captain Jake Primeau and a pair of goals from Alex Soumakis. Jacob Fancy stopped 31 shots in the win. The Bridgewater Lumberjacks would use a big second period to defeat the Summerside Western Capitals 8-4 at the Lunenburg County Life Style Center. Charlottetown Islanders prospect Josh Shatford had a monster night scoring a hat trick and adding a pair of assists. Chris Langlais stopped 32 shots in the win for the Lumberjacks. The final game of the night was the Woodstock Slammers defeating the Amherst Ramblers 5-3 in Woodstock. Jonny Erbs scored a pair of goals and added a helper for the Slammers while Antoine Landry stopped 25 Rambler shots. The battle of Northern New Brunswick would place the Miramichi Timberwolves in Campbellton to face the Tigers. The Timberwolves would rally from a third period deficit to come back and beat the Tigers by a score of 4-3. Jordan Kennedy scored a goal and added a pair of assists in the win with Billy Gaston adding two goals. Alex Collette stopped 27 shots
Saturday would mark the first time since the 2007-2008 season where a single night featured six games, with every team in action to end the week. The Valley Wildcats would fight back from a deficit, erasing a 3-1 Lumberjacks lead to defeat Bridgewater 5-4. Jesse Hamer potted a hat trick with Mark Loveday stopping 31 shots. The next game would see the Pictou County Weeks Crushers lose their first game in shocking fashion. The Truro Bearcats scored six third period goals en route to a 10-4 victory over the Crushers. Bearcats defenseman Jordan McNaughton registered six points on two goals and four assists with Jacob Smith scoring a hat trick. Jacob Fancy stopped 27 shots in the win. The Amherst Ramblers would use a big first period to set the pace and defeat the St. Stephen County Aces 9-5. Former QMJHL player Lucas Batt scored 3 goals and added a pair of assists in the win. Kai MacDonald stopped 28 shots.
The Woodstock Slammers would travel to Campbellton to put their perfect record for the season on the line, and they would succeed. The Slammers would score the only two goals of the third as they defeated the Tigers 5-3. Angus Johnston, Riley Craft and Jonny Erbs all had a goal and an assist while Matt Jenkins stopped 23 shots in the win. The Yarmouth Mariners would score a last minute goal to defend their home ice as they defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 3-2. Connor Donaghey scored the winner while Tyler Brown had a pair of points. Chase Gaudet stopped 34 shots in the win. The final game of the week saw the Miramichi Timberwolves overcome a deficit again. This time, the undefeated Dieppe Commandos would blow a 3-1 lead as the Timberwolves would take the game by a score of 5-4. Tyler Brown and Jordan Kennedy both had one goal and one assist efforts in the win while Alex Collette stopped 34 shots in the win.
After week three, Truro Bearcats defenseman Jordan McNaughton is leading the scoring race, with five goals and 15 points in six games. Cody Drover and Robbie Graham of Dieppe are close behind with 14 points.
The fourth week of the season will begin this Thursday with the Crushers hosting the Mariners and the Commandos hosting the Woodstock Slammers.