Red Wings clinch 1st place in Don Johnson Memorial Cup round-robin

A Kensington win over NB tonight would create 3 way tie for 2nd. One thing is for certain, the Arsenault Fish Market Western Red Wings, PEI’s Provincial Hockey Champions have clinched first place in the round-robin portion of the 2019 Don Johnson Memorial Cup Atlantic Junior Hockey Championships in Kensington, Prince Edward Island.  Both the Red Wings and Sackville entered the late afternoon with identical 2-1 records but with Sackville deciding to give a rest to All-Star Goaltender Justin Sumarah and let him prepare for Saturday’s semi-finals, the game was a white-wash as the Red Wings clobbered the Blazers 9-1.  New Brunswick with a win over Kensington Friday night in the final round-robin would also finish at 3-1 but because the Wings defeated the Moncton team in round-robin play, first place has been secured by the Red Wings.  A Kensington victory tonight would leave Moncton, the Blazers and the host team all tied at 2-2 and with some math to be done directly after the game to decide second through fourth place.  However, a Moncton win would set up the semi-finals for Saturday with Kensington playing the Red Wings at 7:00 p.m. and the Blazers facing New Brunswick at 3:00 p.m. in a re-match of their round-robin tourney game Thursday which Moncton won 2-0.  However, one must stress that will not happen for certain until the Moncton-Kensington game is completed and the result known later Friday night.  In Friday afternoon’s 9-1 affair, Brydon Smith scored a pair for the Red Wings with single markers going to Chasse Gallant, Connor Morrissey, Austin Taylor, Chandler Wood, Isaac Callaghan, Silas Handraghan and Thomas Rennie.  The Wings led 2-0 after the first and 5-1 after the second.  Cameron Ritcey scored the Blazers lone goal.  Starting in place of Sumarah was Nick Bowers and he allowed eight goals on 42 shots and then Adam Fisher relieved him and allowed one more on 12 shots as the Wings outshot the Blazers 55-35.