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(Feb. 9, 2017) — A back-and-forth Avalon East Senior Hockey League semifinal between the Tapper’s Northeast Eagles and Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers comes to a head Friday night when the teams hit the ice in a series-clinching Game 7. Through the first six games of the best-of-seven series, both clubs have made good on home ice, each collecting three wins in their own barns, including a 7-1 drubbing by the Eagles in Torbay last Friday which was followed by a dramatic 3-2 double-overtime win this past Sunday. Despite the trend of home ice success to date, neither Breakers’ coach Scott Gordon nor Eagles bench boss Doug Jackman seem to be putting much stock in location having an impact on the crucial game. “I think at this stage … the novelty of the playoffs has faded and the reality of what the playoffs mean to the team, the players and the organizations involved will bring more composure and consistency to our team,” says Gordon. “They learned a hard lesson last Friday evening in Torbay. The venue at this point shouldn't really matter if we focus to play 60 minutes.” Says Jackman, “In a one-game winner-take-all, I'm not sure how much of a factor it will be, I guess the way this particular series has gone I'm glad its in our rink but there are much bigger factors in my opinion that will have a greater impact on the game. “I think discipline, execution, and compete level will be factors both teams will be stressing.” Not surprisingly, Mark Yetman will start between the pipes for the Eagles. As for the Breakers, Gordon has his choice of three netminders, each of whom performed well in the regular season. “Devin O'Brien brought a wealth of experience, but his work schedule impedes his ability right now to practice regularly. Mark Power’s size conditioning and athletic ability is second to no one and perhaps he is the most underrated goalie in the league and coming off the bench at the Southern Shore Arena down two goals and winning the game kept us in the series,” Gordon says of the puckstop who came on in relief and stopped all 40 shots over 46 minutes in a come-from-behind Game 2 win. “However with the last win in double overtime to tie the series with an outstanding game Ben Goss will get the nod at Jack Byrne in game 7.” The winner moves on to take on the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars in the league’s championship series. Dates for the best-of-seven final are still being confirmed and will be finalized following Friday’s contest.
(Feb. 19, 2017) -- Daniel Dalton scored the winner in double overtime to lead the Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers to a 3-2 win over the Tapper's Northeast Eagles in Game 6 of the teams' Avalon East Senior Hockey League semifinal series Sunday night. Game 7 in the best-of-seven series is next Friday night, 8 o'clock, at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. The winner moves on to face the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBees Stars the AESHL championship series. At the Southern Shore Arena, Stephen Oates and Jeremy Nicholas scored in regulation for the Breakers. Sean Wadden and Bryan Clarke had the Eagles' markers. Benn Goss turned aside 59 of 62 shots in Northeast's blue ice with Ben Goss facing 58 shots in net for the Breakers.
(Feb. 18, 2017) -- The Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars are off to the Avalon Senior Hockey League championship series after defeating the St. John's Green Sleeves Caps 5-4 in overtime of Game 5 on Saturday night. At the Danny Cleary Community Centre in Harbour Grace, Brett Shute scored the winner in the extra frame — his second of the game — to close out of the best-of-seven series. Daniel Sparkes had two, Andrew Fenwick picked up one, and Robert Slaney and Matthew Thomey had two assists each. A.J. Whiffen faced 31 shots in net for the CeeBees who were down 4-3 with under four minutes to play. For the Caps, Ryan Walsh and Robert Barrett had a goal and a helper, Mike Druken and Jeremy Barron had singles and Terry Ryan assisted on three goals. Kyle Downer saw 31 shots in net. The CeeBees will await the winner of the Tapper's Northeast Eagles and Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers' series which continues Sunday night in Mobile. Game time at the Southern Shore Arena is 7 p.m. The Eagles lead the series 3-2.
(Feb. 17, 2017) -- After the Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers opened the scoring, the Tapper's Northeast Eagles scored seven unanswered goals en route to 7-1 win in Game 5 of the team's Avalon East Senior Hockey League semifinal series Friday night. At the Jack Byrne Arena, Chris Sparkes led the Eagles with two goals and two assists, Sean Wadden notched a pair, Andrew White and Liam Myers had one and one, and Andrew Smith picked up the spare. Doug O'Brien, Bryan Clarke and Chris Mooney each picked up two helpers. Mark Yetman stopped all 38 shots after surrendering the game's first goal to the Breakers' Jeremy Nicholas. Ben Goss saw 47 shots in net for the Shore. The Eagles now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the league's championship series with a win in Game 6 on Sunday night, 7 o'clock, at the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile. On Saturday, the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars take a 3-1 lead into Game 5 of their best-of-seven series against the St. John's Green Sleeves Caps. Game time at the Danny Cleary Community Centre in Harbour Grace is 7:30 p.m.
(Feb. 16, 2014) -- The Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars are a win away from advancing to the Avalon East Senior Hockey League championship series as the circuit heads into the third weekend of semifinal play. The CeeBees hold a 3-1 lead over the St. John's Green Sleeves Caps with Game 5 in the best-of-seven series set for Saturday night, 7:30, at the Danny Cleary Community Centre in Harbour Grace. The Conception Bay North club is undefeated in 14 games at home this season, including two meetings in this series. Game 6, if necessary, is set for 8:30 Monday night at the Goulds Sports Arena. The weekend kicks off with the Tapper's Northeast Eagles hosting the Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers in Game 5 of their deadlocked best-of-seven series on Friday night at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. Game 6 goes Sunday evening, 7 o'clock, at the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile. Both clubs are undefeated on home ice through the first four games of this series.