Right down to the wire

Seven games needed to set­tle Avalon East cham­pi­onship

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Af­ter six games, the Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBee Stars and the South­ern Shore Shaw­mut Fisheries Break­ers found them­selves tied with three apiece in the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League fi­nals. As a re­sult, a sev­enth and de­cid­ing game was nec­es­sary to de­ter­mine the 2008-09 league cham­pi­ons.

That match was to have taken place Satur­day, March 21. But Sheila’s Brush put the ki­bosh on those plans. And the game had to be re-sched­uled for the next night, Sun­day, March 22 at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace. That game took place well be­yond The Com­pass ed­i­to­rial dead­line, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to in­clude the re­sults in this re­port.

The Stars evened the se­ries at 2-2 Sun­day, March 15 with a 31 win at the South­ern Shore Arena. In that con­test, Chris Cros­bie scored what proved to be the game win­ner at the 9:38 mark of the fi­nal pe­riod. Matthew Thomey sealed the victory with an empty net goal. Mike Dyke had the other tally for the vis­i­tors while Mitch Bragg had the lone goal for the Shore.

On Wed­nes­day, March 18 at the S.W. Moores Sta­dium the CeeBees grabbed a 3-2 se­ries lead with a 4-2 home ice victory.

Mike Dyke, Daniel Sparkes, Matthew French, and Matthew Thomey pro­vided the scor­ing for the Stars while Jar­rod Rum­sey and Mike Hayes coun­tered for the Break­ers.

Fri­day night, March 20 the Break­ers re­fused to roll over and came out on the winning end of a con­test at the South­ern Shore Arena. The Break­ers came storm­ing out of the gate with three goals in the first pe­riod and cruised to a 7-2 win over the Stars.

Mitch Bragg led the at­tack for the home team with a pair of goals. Keith Sul­li­van, Ricky Field, Ber­rick Lough­lin, Don­nie Gosse, and Stephen Oates also tal­lied for the Shore while Mike Dyke and Sean Wad­den were the only CeeBees able to beat Gra­ham Cook in the South­ern Shore net.

The win­ner of the Avalon East League will face ei­ther the Deer Lake Red Wings or the Clarenville Cari­bous in the Herder Memo­rial Tro­phy fi­nals, which be­gin this com­ing week­end in the home rink of the west coast win­ner.

As of Satur­day night, March 20 the Wings and Cari­bous were also tied at three games apiece with game seven also sched­uled for Sun­day, March 22 at the Hod­der Memo­rial Arena in Deer Lake.

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