Saturday night hockey in WildTown

It’s an all-New Brunswick battle Saturday night in WildTown when the Wildcats get another shot at the Titan — their first meeting since Bathurst put a damper on the Cats’ home opener.

There haven’t been too many bright spots for the struggling Titan this season but 19 year-old Riley Kidney is worth the price of admission alone most nights. Kidney is the reigning QMJHL Player of the Week with 7 points in 2 games last week. Kidney, fresh off a 100-point campaign in 2021-22, finds himself ninth in league scoring with 26 points in 16 games. A member of Team Canada‚Äôs gold medal winning squad at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship this past summer, he was a second-round selection of the Montreal Canadiens at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Cats will need to corral Kidney if they hope to disarm the Titan.

The Wildcats suffered their second loss in a row Friday night versus Drummondville. The night started out promising with the Cats carrying a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period — on the strength of a Yoan Loshing goal & an assist on Vincent Labelle’s marker. But the Voltigeurs bottled up Moncton for the final 40 minutes, allowing just 4 shots in period 2 and 6 in period 3. A focused 60-minute effort should fix what ails the Wildcats — when Dan Lacroix’s young squad stick to their gameplan they’re hard to beat.

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