The Telegram (St. John's)

National ball hockey championsh­ips underway in C.B.S.


Both Newfoundla­nd teams are undefeated after Thursday, the first day of play in the national men’s B ball hockey championsh­ip being played in Conception Bay South.

The St. John’s Thunder downed the Mighty Drunks of British Columbia 4-1 and Edmonton Dirty Birds 3-1. In the latter game, Kevin Reid scored all three goals for the Thunder.

The other Newfoundla­nd entry — Pops Pride — had two ties on Day 1, playing the Calgary Crusaders to a 4-4 draw (Sean Wadden had three assists for the Pride), then coming up with the same result against the Mighty Drunks.

The national men’s C and D championsh­ips are also being contested at the C.B.S. Stadium and Robert French Memorial Stadium.

In the C event, Newfoundla­nd’s JSM Electrical and Gros Morne Wild Gulls both were winners in their opening games on Thursday, while the Eat Clean Wild, the province’s lone entry in the D tourney, lost its first contest. Preliminar­y play in the tourneys, which has attracted entries from B.C., Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick besides Newfoundla­nd and Labrador, continues today and Saturday.

Medal games are set for Sunday.

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