Two teams get first wins in fourth week of MHL season



A memorable weekend for the Maritime Hockey League as the expansion St. Stephen County Aces recorded their first victory in team history.

Thursday night started the action, with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeating the visiting Yarmouth Mariners 2-1. Evan Morrison and Daniel Walsh scored for the Crushers while Justin Ritcey recorded his first MHL win making 21 saves. The Dieppe Commandos would also defend home ice, defeating the previously undefeated Woodstock Slammers 4-2. Cody Drover (1-2)and Robbie Graham (2) led the charge for the Commandos while Marc Terriault stopped 29 of 31 shots. Zach Whitlock netted both Woodstock tallies.

Friday night would see the Summerside Western Capitals finish their five game opening road trip with their first win of the season, a 4-1 win in St. Stephen. Brad Power scored twice with Brodie Barrick stopping 21 shots. The Truro Bearcats defeated the Bridgewater Lumberjacks with a 5-4 overtime win in Bridgewater. David Mosher, Daniel Perigo and Alex Soumakis all recorded one goal and one assist with Jordan McNaughton scoring the overtime winner. Mark Grametbauer stopped 28 of 32 shots in the win. The Woodstock Slammers would win a wild home affair against the Valley Wildcats 7-6. The Slammers held a 5-0 first period lead before watching the Wildcats storm back and tie the game at 6 in the final minute before Liam Hynes scored the overtime winner. Matt Bursey led the Slammers with three goals and one assist, while Hynes added three helpers to go with his overtime goal. The Campbellton Tigers would also prevail in overtime on home ice, defeating the Weeks Crushers 4-3. Kraig Pasher scored all four tallies for the Tigers while Alexis Paiement stopped 29 shots. Regan Spears and Garrett Lambke replied for the Crushers.

Saturday’s action started with the Truro Bearcats defeating the Amherst Ramblers 6-3 in Truro. Colby Lanceleve scored three points while Soumakis, Jacob Smith and Matt Donnelly had multi point games. Jacob Fancy stopped 33 shots in the win. The St. Stephen County Aces would reward their home fans with their first ever win, defeating the visiting Valley Wildcats 4-3. St. George native Brandon Barrett scored the first game winning goal in history while Curtis Hastings of Quispamsis netted a pair in the win. Kyle Porter stopped 31 of 34 Wildcats shots. The Yarmouth Mariners would win another high scoring game, defeating the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 7-5 in Yarmouth. Tyler Brown scored a pair of goals for the Mariners while Connor Donaghey had a goal and two assists. Rowan O’Brien stopped 20 shots in the win. The Miramichi Timberwolves would finish the night by defeating the Weeks Crushers 2-0 at home. Riley Scott and the newly acquired Neil Aird scored goals for the Timberwolves with Alex Collette stopping all 31 shots in the shutout.

Sunday would see a light schedule of two games. The Woodstock Slammers would survive a scare on home ice, defeating the Campbellton Tigers 2-1 in overtime. Logan Saunders and Zach Whitlock (game winner) scored for the Slammers while Darcy Burley replied for the Tigers. Matt Jenkins stopped 24 shots in the win. The final game of the week was the home opener for the Summerside Western Capitals against the Amherst Ramblers. The Ramblers would jump out to a 5-0 lead in the second period before Summerside found their offence, scoring 5 goals before Amherst would pull ahead again late in the third. In the final minute Blaize Bridges would score to tie the game before Dave Chevrier would net the overtime winner for Summerside. Thomas Stavert led the Capitals with three points, while Lucas Batt and Jake McKenna replied with three points for the Ramblers. Alex Kelly was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots before Brodie Barrick stopped 20 of 23 shots in the win.

After week four, the standings see the Woodstock Slammers leading the Meek Division while the Truro Bearcats lead the Nova Scotia based EastLink Division. Dieppe Commandos forward Cody Drover leads the MHL in scoring with 17 points in the first seven games.

Thursday begins the fifth week in the MHL, with the Weeks Crushers hosting the Truro Bearcats.