Your Wildcats kicked off this 2017-2018 season on the road as they visited the Charlottetown Islanders for game one. After a successful pre-season, finishing with a 7-1-2 record, the team was looking to continue to ride that momentum into the regular season, and did just that tonight coming out with a 3-1 win over Charlottetown.
After a slow start to the period it looked as though the second would start off scoreless, but PEI native, and newly named Assistant Captain Jeremy McKenna found the back of the net at 19:44 of the first to give the Cats a momentum boosting goal headed to the dressing room.
As both teams began to settle in after the opening frame, Charlottetown would end up tying the score at one a piece, leading into the final 20 minutes.
Daniil Kuzmin scored his first QMJHL goal, and the go ahead goal at 6:24 of the third period with a perfectly placed wrist shot. Assists on Kuzmin’s goal went to Jacob Hudson and Jonathan Aspirot. Charlottetown kept the pressure on, but Grametbauer was strong in nets coming up with some big saves to hold the Wildcats lead. With less than two minutes left in the third, Islanders goalie Matthew Welsh was pulled to get the extra attacker on the ice, and just as Welsh reached the bench Liam Dunda sealed the win with the empty net goal to make the final tonight 3-1 Moncton!
Moncton outshot Charlottetown 28-25, and Nicholas Welsh was named first star with assists on both McKenna and Dunda’s goals.
Moncton is back in action on Sunday for game two of the season as they head to Bathurst to take on the Titan at 3:00 p.m.