The Fredericton Red Wings went next man up Sunday afternoon.
Decimated with injuries and pretty much using nine forwards all game, the Red Wings gutted out a 2-1 Maritime Hockey League win over the visiting Campbellton Tigers.
A big crowd of 1,431 saluted the gutsy Red Wings at the Grant*Harvey Centre for their efforts, backstopped by Jack Grant’s 40 saves including some key sprawling efforts in the dying seconds as the Tigers clawed for the equalizer.
Ethan Stuckless and Noah Cauchi both scored for Fredericton against Campbellton’s Tristan Gray, who stopped 21 shots.
Josh Crooks tallied for the Tigers.
Fredericton earned five out of a possible six points in a three games in four day stretch.
The first period was certainly entertaining and provided all the offence the teams could must on this day.
It started fast for the Tigers, who came out fast and strong, dominating Fredericton and getting rewarded early only to have the Red Wings show some moxie and eventually garner a 2-1 lead.
Crooks jammed home a rebound for his fifth of the season as Campbellton buzzed Grant’s crease, forcing the Red Wing goaltender to make plenty of big stops leading the game’s first goal at 7:14.
If anyone thought Fredericton would pack it in, they wrong, considering things were tied just 11 seconds later, thanks to sparkplug Riley Burtt.
Burtt took a pass from Ryan O’Toole and had a good scoring chance from in tight against Gray, but opted to feather a cross-crease pass to Cauchi, who pumped his 11th of the year.
Fredericton would take the lead when Stuckless continued his strong play, hammering home a big rebound at 10:19 on the powerplay.
It was his 16th of the campaign and proved to be the game winner.
The Red Wings owned a 12-10 shots on goal edge, thanks to three powerplay bids.
Fredericton nursed that lead and relied on Grant’s theatrics in the second period to maintain that 2-1 edge after 40 minutes.
Campbellton pushed the play, but was unable to solve the veteran keeper which was the same story in the frenetic third period.