Wildcats win 7th Straight
Jeff Robichaud, News91.9FM
Moncton Wildcats have extended their winning streak to 7 games after a huge 4-3 win over the nationally ranked Victoriaville Tigers at the Moncton Coliseum on Saturday night.
Victoriaville were first to get on the board as they work the puck down low below the goal line and Brandon Hynes would bury the puck past Roman Will to make it 1-0 Tigers.. For Hynes it would be his 11th of the season. Yani Goudre would draw the lone assist at 3:20. The Wildcats would reply as Patrick Delisle-Houde would redirect a shot from the point between the Legs of David Honzik to tie the game at 1. James Melindy and Alex Saulnier draw the assist at the 5:39 mark. Then Brandon Gormley exteds his point streak to 11 games as his slap shot from the point gets redirected infront of Honznik and finds the back of the net to gie the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Allain and Alex Saulnier get the assists on the Captains 10th of the season at 10:20 of the first 2-1 Cats. Then the home squad would make it a 2 goal lead at 3-1 when Allain Saulnier gets his first of 2 on the evening on the power play at 12:47. Patrick Delisle-Houde and Brandon Gormley get the helpers and the Wildcats are up by a pair of goals.
Then Victoriaville would pull within 1 when Yannick Dube pots home his 17th of the season assists going to Philippe Halley and Phillip Danault at 14:14 a power play marker for the Tigers and it was a 3-2 game. Before the end of the period the Tigers would get the equalizer at 18:44. Philippe Halley would get his 16th of the year Yanni Goudre with the lone helper and it was all tied up at 3 and it would remain that way after the first period tied at 3. Shots after 20 minutes were 17-13 for the Wildcats.
Just one goal to talk about in the 2nd period and it would be what turns out to be the game winner off the stick of Allain Saulnier his 2nd of the evening and 11th of the year a power play goal Alex Saulnier and James Melindy with the assists as Saulnier fires home a one-timer almost fans on it got just enough of it.
Final shots were 36-30 for the Wildcats. Wildcats were 2 for 6 on the PP and Victoriaville were 1 for . Three stars of the game 3rd star from Victoriaville Philippe Halley 2nd star Alex Saulnier and the first star Allain Saulnier both of the Wildcats.
Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn offers up his thoughts when asked about how he would describe the win. “We were looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against a team that many people think has a chance to go to the Memorial Cup. “we knew they would be a very good team but we wanted to see where at this point of the season where we fit against a very good team” He goes onto to say he was very pleased with the compete level of the team. “I was really proud of how well we worked and our battle level on pucks it was a hard fought even game”
Allain Saulnier with a pair of goals and was the game’s first star offered up his thoughts on the game. “They are considered one of the top teams in the league and we knew it was going to be a tough game everyone came prepared and we played a full 60 minutes.
The Wildcats now have a couple of days off to prepare for a divisional tilt with the PEI Rocket in Charlottetown on Thursday at 7PM.
Catch the game on News 91.9FM with the pre-game show at 6:30PM
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