Ju­nior Fly­ers, Stars be­gin ju­nior hockey sea­son on fire

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

A pair of Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion hockey teams are a top the stand­ings of the St. John’s Ju­nior Hockey League.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Ju­nior Stars and the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Ju­nior Fly­ers are amongst the top-three teams in the league fol­low­ing ac­tion from Oct. 10-12.

As of Oct. 17, the Fly­ers oc­cupy the top spot with a record of four wins and one loss, while the Stars (31) are tied for sec­ond with the St. John’s Caps and Avalon Cap­i­tals with six points.

Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia has been the sur­prise of the league through five games. The team started last sea­son with one win in its first five games and only regis­tered four marks in the win col­umn in 28 games in 2013-14.

“It’s been a big turn­around,” said coach Eu­gene Hutch­ings.

The Fly­ers picked up goal­tenders Conor Thomp­son (CBN) and Coady Ed­wards (St. John’s) in a pair of off­sea­son moves that have trig­gered the hot start.

The duo has so­lid­i­fied the po­si­tion for Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia, which burned through five keep­ers last sea­son.

“Hav­ing con­fi­dence in your goal­tender is huge,” said Hutch­ings.

The Fly­ers lost its first game of the sea­son at the Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia Sta­dium in Whit­bourne on Oct. 12.

Squar­ing off with the St. John’s Caps, the Fly­ers dropped a 9-3 contest. Con­nor Stevens, Greg Edi­son and Jor­dan Richards tal­lied goals for Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia.

Ear­lier in the week­end, the Fly­ers regis­tered their fourth win of the young sea­son. At the South­ern Shore Arena in Mo­bile, Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia downed the South­ern Shore Break­ers 4-1.

Stevens (2), Richards and Dy­lan Cook had the goals for the Fly­ers.

Amaz­ingly, the two teams com­bined for over 100 shots dur­ing the contest as the Fly­ers pelted the Break­ers’ goal with 59 shots. Starter Thomp­son stopped 48 of the 49 shots he faced for the Fly­ers.

The Fly­ers were sched­uled to play a pair of games last week­end. Re­sults were not known prior to dead­line.

The team will wel­come the Mount Pearl Blades to the Trin­i­tyPla­cen­tia Sta­dium in Whit­bourne on Oct. 26. Puck drop is sched­uled for 2:30 p.m.

Stars win three straight

After drop­ping its first game of the sea­son, the Stars have bounced back and won three straight.

The lat­est pair of wins came over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end. The Stars opened the week­end with a come-from-be­hind vic­tory over the Mount Pearl Wild at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Oct. 10.

The Wild jumped out to a 2-0 ad­van­tage be­fore CBN scored four straight goals off the sticks of Devon Whalen (2), Cody Bat­ten and Brady Bar­rett.

Mitchell Dob­bin got the win in goal.

The Stars fol­lowed that up by dou­bling the Rene­gades 6-3 on Oct. 11 in Kel­li­grews.

Work­ing with a de­pleted roster due to sus­pen­sion, CBN got goals from Zach Laing (3), Bat­ten, An­drew Smith and Greg Don­nelly.

Jor­dan Dray picked up the vic­tory in net.

The Stars had a pair of games sched­uled for last week­end, but re­sults were not known prior to dead­line. They are in ac­tion again this Fri­day (Oct. 24) when they wel­come the CBR Rene­gades to the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Con­cep­tion Bay North Ju­nior Stars for­ward Zach Laing car­ries the puck into the Mount Pearl Wild zone dur­ing St. John’s Ju­nior Hockey League ac­tion at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Oct. 10. Laing and his team­mates recorded two wins over the week­end in­clud­ing a 4-3 win over the Wild.

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