Moncton Flyers capture Atlantic title in double OT

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Cole Harbour, with locals Liam Kidney and Brady Hunter, hosted championship

LANTZ: The Moncton Flyers skated away with the 2018 Atlantic Major Midget championship with a 3-2 double overtime victory before a full house at the East Hants Sportsplex.

The Flyers had trailed in the contest 2-0 to the N.S. champion Dartmouth Steele Subaru’s, but managed to rally back, before Cole Stewart’s heroics as he put the biscuit in the basket ending the game in heartbreak fashion for Steele.

Action between Steele Subaru and The PEI Wild. (Healey photo)

Moncton advanced to the championship final by taking a victory over the host Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the two teams final round-robin action.

The Wolfpack had two East Hants players on the roster—Brady Hunter and Liam Kidney. Both played integral parts in the Wolfpack’s play at the tournament, which saw the NSMMHL team finish third place.

Hunter finished the tournament with

The St. John’s Maple Leafs, who many had as picks to be a contender for the title, finished fourth, but in a tie with PEI’s Kensington Wild, who’s only win of the tournament came over the Leafs on March 31, and sent the Steele Subaru’s into the championship final no matter the result of their final round-robin match with St. John’s on March 31.

The on ice cleanup crew was great all weekend long. (Healey photo)

Kidney scored once and assisted on three others in four games played for the Wolfpack, while Hunter—who is a QMJHL draft eligible player for this summer’s draft—tallied a goal and chipped in with a pair of helpers in four games played.

Scouts from QMJHL teams such as the Moncton Wildcats; the Baie Comeau Drakkar; Shawinigan Cataractes; Halifax Mooseheads; Truro Jr A Bearcats; and St. Stephen Aces were among those spotted at the four day weekend tournament.

The tournament handed out awards, however those winners were not passed on to The Weekly Press.

In the tournament opener on March 29, the Steele Subaru’s spanked Kensington 8-2 behind Will Robinson’s two goal performance.

The second game saw the Maple Leafs destroy Moncton 7-0. Regan Seymour scored three times while Nick Gosse added five points, including four assists in a winning cause. Michael Fisher stopped all 35 shots eh faced for the win.

In the final game of day one, Kensington’s Evan Gallant had a hat trick, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the host Cole Harbour Wolfpack edged them 4-3. Cole Julian led the Wolfpack with two goals and an assist.

The Flyers will now represent the Atlantic region at the TELUS Cup national championship later in April.

Brady Hunter and a St. John’s Maple Leaf tangle behind the net. (Healey photo)