Junior Flyers, Stars begin junior hockey season on fire
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.
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.