The Tappers Northeast Eagles are now one win away from the 2015 Avalon East Senior hockey League championship. Sunday night the Eagles defeated Southern Shore Pugliesvich Breakers 4-1 at the Southern Shore Arena to take a three games to two lead in the best of seven final series.
Kevin Reid lead the offensive attack with two goals with singles from James Cadigan and Chris Mooney. Andrew Gale replied for the Shore.
Game six is Friday night (8:00pm) at Jack Byrne Arena. [2015-03-23 07:31:34]
NorthEast, Southern Shore All Tied Up
Southern Shore evened the East final Friday with a 4-3 victory at the Jack Byrne Arena. Scott Mccarthy with the game winner, Stevon Fowler, Riley Ricks, and Dylan Sheldon also scored. Kevin Reid with a pair along with a single from Chris Mooney for the Eagles. Game 5 is Sunday night March 22nd at the SS Arena in Mobile. Game time is 7PM. [2015-03-22 07:49:14]
Avalon East final has been a back-and-forth affair between Eagles and Breakers
The last three Avalon East Senior Hockey League finals haven't ended well for the Northeast Tappers Eagles.
In all three best-of-seven finals, the Eagles watched as the St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps celebrated three championship victories and coach Darryl Banfield says his team is champing at the bit to collect its crown.
"There's some guys who have been there for six or seven years and some of them are even thinking about giving it up after this year, but they're not doing so without hoisting the trophy," he says.
"There a lot of guys in the room that are pretty eager to win."
The Eagles, who have a 2-1 lead over the top-seeded Southern Shore Pugliesvich Breakers in this year's final, can claim a title by winning both Game 4, 8pm tonight at the Jack Byrne Arena, and Game 5 on Sunday at the Southern Shore Arena.
Doing so won't prove easy based on the "back and forth" nature of the series thus far.
The Eagles took the opener 3-1 and claimed a 5-2 victory in Game 2, but both games included an empty-netter. The Breakers got back in the series with a 4-3 overtime win last Sunday in Game 3.
"It could have been anyone's game in all three," says Breakers coach Jamie Tobin, "but we came out on the wrong end of it in the first two and we were lucky to get back into it in the third game."
Banfield says the biggest difference-maker for his team - and Tobin is inclined to agree - has been the play of goaltender Mark Yetman.
"(He) is showing why he's arguably one of the best goalies in the province," Banfield says of the Mount Pearl native who backstopped the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts (2011) and the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars (2013) to Herder Memorial Trophy championships.
The Breakers fired 36 shots at Yetman in Game 1, 40 in Game 2 and sent 50 his way this past Sunday.
"Our goaltending's been excellent, but theirs has been just a little bit better," says Tobin.
With neither team giving up much to the other in five-on-five situations and each team netting at least one power play goal in all three games to date, both coaches expect special teams to continue being a key factor. Likewise, the coaches suggest whoever comes out strongest in the opening frame will be a good position to win as the team that has scored first through the opening trio of contests has gone on to win.
"The longer you go without scoring a goal, (Yetman) is getting more confident and our guys are squeezing the sticks a bit tighter," says Tobin. "It's important that we get on the board early in the first and build some momentum off that."
More than anything, Tobin says he and his players need to play a solid road game to send the series back to Mobile tied at two apiece.
"The last time we were down there, the first 10 minutes we were all over them and we took an undisciplined penalty and they ended up scoring on the power play and took the momentum right back from us."
"Hopefully, we can come out with the same start and keep it going."
Regular season champion Southern Shore Pugliesvich Breakers will take on Tappers Northeast Eagles in a Best of Seven series to determine the 2014/2015 AESHL Championship. Both teams won their semi final series with 3-0 sweeps - Southern Shore beat the Bell Island Wolf Construction Blues and Northeast knocked off the defending champions St. John's Toyota Caps with a double OT win in Game 3 of their series.
Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday, March 8th at the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile. [2015-03-01 12:13:31]
AESHL Launches New Ticketing Option
The Avalon East Senior Hockey League is excited to announce a new option for fans wanting to purchase game tickets for each of its member club's home games. Effective immediately, fans can buy admission tickets at any participating North Atlantic Petroleum Orangestores in the Metro St. John's area for any regular season AESHL game.
20 Questions with Kyle Doucet
#73 RW |
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date of Birth:
TV shows you never miss:
Sportscenter and Dexter
Ribs or Lamb
Item you can't live without:
Cell Phone.. and more specifically iphone
Who would you like to trade places with for a day:
Tiger Woods, and not for the girls.
What talent would you like to have:
Be able to play the guitar.
Value you look for in others:
Your best trait:
Go to sleep too late.
Favourite athlete in another sport:
Best friends in hockey:
A slow defensemen.. On the opposite team.
Favourite hockey team as a kid:
Three favourite movies:
Wedding Crashers, The Shawshank Redemption, Old School
Dream celebrity date:
Rachel McAdams. Keepin it Canadian.
What's new on your iPod:
Neil Young.. old are heart.
Stick taped to perfection. With lots of wax.
Favourite hockey city to visit:
Montreal , but I am not a Canadians fan.
Favourite holiday destination:
Last year I was in the Alps Skiing, I would have to say that again.
If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be?: