An­other bat­tle

Fly­ers beat Wild 1-0 in OT to win Ice Jam ti­tle as ri­vals have split eight games this sea­son

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER STAFF

The ma­jor midget cham­pi­onship game of the Chron­i­cle Her­ald East Coast Ice Jam hockey tour­na­ment on Sun­day af­ter­noon did not dis­ap­point.

Alex Gal­lant scored 2:58 into a 10-minute over­time pe­riod fea­tur­ing 3-on-3 ac­tion to lift the Monc­ton Fly­ers to a thrilling 1-0 win over the Kens­ing­ton Mon­aghan Farms Wild in an all-New Brunswick/P.E.I. Ma­jor Midget Hockey League bat­tle. The Wild de­feated the Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders 4-1 in Sun­day morn­ing’s semi­fi­nal while the Fly­ers pulled out a 2-1 over­time de­ci­sion over the Saint John Vi­tos on a goal by Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders prospect Patrick LeBlanc.

The fi­nal fea­tured an out­stand­ing goal­tend­ing duel be­tween the Fly­ers Ja­cob LeBlanc and the Wild’s Chad Arse­nault, who was named the tour­na­ment’s top goal­tender. Arse­nault al­lowed only five goals in six games.

LeBlanc made some gave-sav­ing stops late as the Wild failed to cap­i­tal­ize on its fourth power play of the game that car­ried over from the third pe­riod to the start of over­time.

Three other Wild play­ers re­ceived tour­na­ment awards. Rookie Zach Big­gar was se­lected a first team all-star de­fence­man while for­ward Colby MacArthur and de­fence­man Isaac Wil­son re­ceived sec­ond-team all-star hon­ours.

The Fly­ers (22-2-1) sit first in league play, two points ahead of the Wild (21-5-1). In­clud­ing the Ice Jam and Monc­to­nian AAA Chal­lenge tour­na­ments, the Wild and Fly­ers have split eight games this sea­son. Four of those games have re­quired over­time, with each team win­ning twice.

The Wild com­pleted roundrobin play 2-0-1, with their only set­back a 2-1 de­ci­sion in ex­tra time to the Steele Subaru of Dart­mouth, N.S., on Fri­day.

Satur­day, the Wild de­feated Pic­tou County 4-1 in a Round of 16 play­off game in the af­ter­noon, and then blanked the Cole Har­bour Wolf­Pack in an evening quar­ter-fi­nal.

Two other P.E.I. teams were elim­i­nated in the Round of 16 The Char­lot­te­town Bulk Car­ri­ers Pride lost 7-6 in a shootout to the Is­lan­ders while in ma­jor ban­tam play the Joneljim Cougars de­feated the Char­lot­te­town-based Cen­tral At­tack 5-2.

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