Kelly’s Land­ing clip Hawks’ wings in over-19 fi­nal

Takes Bay Arena men’s league cham­pi­onship with 3-1 se­ries vic­tory

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Third time was the charm for Kelly’s Land­ing in their quest for a cham­pi­onship in the Bay Roberts 19-and-over recre­ational hockey league.

Known as the Green Ma­chine, Kelly’s up­ended the three-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Up­per Is­land Cove Hawks 2-1 in the fourth game of a best-of-five se­ries.

The vic­tory gave the cham­pi­ons a 3- 1 se­ries vic­tory and the right to hoist the Ja­son Hard­ing Me­mo­rial Tro­phy at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on April 11.

It was a ti­tanic se­ries that de­cided the league cham­pi­onship as the top two teams in the five-team league.

The de­cid­ing game was a nail-bit­ter in ev­ery sense of the word. For Kelly’s, it took more than the orig­i­nally al­lot­ted 50 min­utes to wrench the league ti­tle from the league champs.

With the game tied 1-1 at the end of reg­u­la­tion, the two teams bat­tled through a fiveminute over­time be­fore a shootout.

Cody Roach scored for the Hawks, while Peter Mercer replied for Kelly’s.

In the ex­tra frame, goal­tenders Trevor Dixon (Kelly’s Land­ing) and Lee Nose­wor­thy (Up­per Is­land Cove) stood their ground, com­ing up with key saves when called upon.

When the over­time had fin­ished, it was time for the al­ways dra­matic shootout.

The de­fend­ing champs would shoot first, but Dixon was up to the task, stop­ping the dan­ger­ous Cody Roach.

Matthew French shot first for Kelly’s. Nose­wor­thy was suc­cess­ful in keep­ing the puck out of the net as the teams headed to the sec- ond round of the shootout.

Up next for Up­per Is­land Cove was 50-goal man Paul Brown.

Dixon was again up to the task, shut­ting the door on the high scor­ing cen­tre.

Nose­wor­thy would stop Chris Pet­ten next, while Dixon would stop Craig Mercer, be­fore Nose­wor­thy shut down Brent Roach.

Un­der the league’s shootout for­mat a pre­vi­ous shooter can shoot af­ter the first three rounds.

That meant Craig Mercer got a sec­ond crack at Dixon. Mercer was un­suc­cess­ful be­fore Roach ended the game and se­cured the se­ries vic­tory.

Things started slowly for the champs as they dropped Game 1 of the se­ries 6-3 be­fore storm­ing back with three straight vic­to­ries.

Kelly’s nar­rowly de­feated Up­per Is­land Cove 5-4 in Game 2. That was fol­lowed by a 7-2 vic­tory in Game 3.

The win was the first by Kelly’s Land­ing in four con­sec­u­tive trips to the league fi­nals and caps an im­pres­sive sea­son by the ma­chine.

Kelly’s fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son in first place with a record of 20- 7- 1. The team scored a league high 153 goals ver­sus just 114 al­lowed and had five play­ers (Stephen Dawe, Steven Gree­ley, Brent Roach, Peter Mercer and Robert Mercer) in the top-10 in scor­ing.

Mem­bers of the team are: Stephen Dawe, Brent Roach, Steven Gree­ley, Peter Ge­orge, Peter Mercer, Michael Adam, Robert Mercer, Trevor Dixon, Chris Pet­ten, Michael Roberts, Tommy Snow, Matthew French, Philip Nor­man, Paul Nor­man, Evan Han­ra­han, Jonathan Con­nolly, Andrew White and Gre­gory Porter.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Kelly’s Land­ing are the Bay Roberts 19-and-over Recre­ational Hockey League champs af­ter a thrilling 2-1 vic­tory in Game 4 of their cham­pi­onship se­ries with the Up­per Is­land Cove Hawks. The vic­tory gave the team a 3-1 se­ries vic­tory in the best-of-five matchup. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) – Robert Mercer, Stephen Dawe, Philip Nor­man, Brent Roach and Trevor Dixon; mid­dle – Michael Roberts, Paul Nor­man, Peter Ge­orge, Steven Gree­ley and Matthew French; back – Andrew White, Michael Adam, Jonathan Con­nolly, Peter Mercer, Chris Pet­ten and Gre­gory Porter. Miss­ing from the photo is Evan Han­ra­han and Tommy Snow.

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