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(Jan. 17, 2017) -- The Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers selected Cory Blackmore with the first overall pick in the Avalon East Senior Hockey League's third and final draft for the 2016-17 season Tuesday night. The Breakers acquired the pick from the Hickman Chrysler Bell Island Blues in a trade for Morgan Warren's right last week. Blackmore last played senior hockey for the Corner Brook Royals last season, dressing in nine games. The right-winger last played in the AESHL in 2011-12 when he was part of his hometown Mount Pearl Blades. The St. John's Green Sleeves Caps selected right-winger Brandon Bussey of St. John's second overall. Bussey is currently playing his fourth straight season with the Central West Senior Hockey League's Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts. The Breakers used the third pick in the draft to pick up the rights to defenceman Ben Marshall of St. John's, a graduate of the St. John's Junior Hockey League having spent three seasons with the Avalon Capitals. Six-foot-five right-winger Andrew Smith was taken fourth overall by the Tapper's Northeast Eagles. The product of Corner Brook has not played senior hockey this year, but split last season between the Clarenville Caribous and his hometown Royals of the CWSHL. With the final pick of the first round, the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars selected SJJHL grad John Charles Snow. The left-winger is another product of the Avalon Capitals system. Round 2 started with the Blues acquiring the rights of Sudbury, Ont native Matt Demore. The left-winger has never played senior hockey in Newfoundland but played with Team Extreme of the Sudbury-based Men's Valley Hockey League last year. The Caps made Mitch Bragg the second pick in the second round. Over the past six years, the Newman's Cove winger has split his time between the AESHL and CWSHL, having suited up for the Clarenville Caribous, CeeBees, Blues and as recently as last year the Eagles. All teams passed on the remainder of their picks ending the draft.
(Jan. 16, 2017) -- Andrew White's goal at 10:36 of the third period — his second of the game — was the winner as the Tapper's Northeast Eagles edged the St. John's Green Sleeves Caps 4-3 in Avalon East Senior Hockey League play Monday night. At the Goulds Sports Arena, Scott Marshall and Chris Sparkes also scored for the Eagles (10-7-3, 23 pts) with the latter adding two assists. Mark Yetman stopped 43 of 46 shots for the win. Terry Ryan had two goals and a helper for the Caps (8-10-2, 18 pts) with Mitch Flynn collecting one goal and an assist. Kyle Downer faced 36 shots. On Tuesday, the league will hold its third and final draft of the season. There are 12 players up for grabs.
(Jan. 15, 2017) -- Brad Slaney scored with a shade over five minutes remaining to give the St. John's Green Sleeves Caps a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the homestanding Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers in Avalon East Senior Hockey League play Sunday night. At the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile, Matthew Fewer gave the Caps (8-9-2, 18 pts) a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, but Ben Crowell and Ray Dalton staked the Breakers (12-9-1, 25 pts) to a 2-1 lead on goals less than two minutes apart from to start the third stanza. Jon Caul equalized for the Caps near the 10-minute mark. Scott Bray saw 34 shots in net for St. John's while Ben Goss had 43 saves in a losing cause. The Caps are back in action Monday night when they welcome the Tapper's Northeast Eagles (9-7-3, 21 pts) to the Goulds Sports Arena. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
(Jan. 14, 2016) -- Due to high winds, the ferry to Bell Island is tied up for the remainder of the day forcing the Avalon East Senior Hockey League to postpone the Saturday night game between the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars and the Hickman Chrysler Bell Island Blues which was scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Msrg. Bartlett Memorial Arena in Wabana. The game will be rescheduled for a later date.
(Jan. 13, 2017) -- Brett Shute notched a straight hat trick leading the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars to a big 9-1 win over the Hickman Chrysler Bell Island Blues in Avalon East Senior Hockey League play Friday night. Elsewhere, the Tapper's Northeast Eagles held on for a 5-4 victory over the Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers. At the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, Robert Slaney scored twice and assisted on another for the CeeBees (16-2-1, 33 pts), Matthew Thomey had one and three, Colin Feehan had a goal and two helpers, and singles came from Bradley Budden and Michael Adams. Brandon Burry had the lone goal for the Blues (5-16-0, 10 pts). A.J. Whiffen stopped 22 of 23 while Matt Jenkins was busy in Bell Island's crease facing 58 shots. The teams meet again Saturday night, 7 o'clock, at the Msgr. Bartlett Memorial Arena on Bell Island. At the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, the Eagles' (9-7-3, 20 pts) Andrew White scored twice and Mark Yetman stopped 33 of 37 shots. Liam Myers and captain Dan Cadigan each had a goal and two assists, and Chris Thorne potted one and drew an assist. For the Breakers (12-8-1, 25 pts) Shane Boland had a hat trick with Andrew Gale assisting on all three and Ray Dalton had one and one. Mark Power saw 46 shots in net.