Right down to the wire
Seven games needed to settle Avalon East championship
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.