Caribous clinch division with 8-2 win over Blades

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Teams square off again tomorrow afternoon

Caribous captain Dustin Russell attempts to deflect a puck past Blades' relief goaltender Doug Jewer. The Caribous would win the game 8-2, clinching first place in their division.

The Clarenville Caribous exploded for eight goals and wrapped up first place in their division in the process as they rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Mount Pearl Blades at the Mount Pearl Glacier Saturday night.

Clarenville set the pace early as Andrew Sweetland scored on the team’s first shot of the game just 19 seconds into the opening frame.

Ryan Desrosiers made it 2-0 near the midway point of the frame before Mount Pearl’s Spencer Jezegou pulled the Blades to within one heading into the second period.

The Caribous got three straight goals in the second period from Keith and Ryan Delaney and Martin Lapointe to put the game out of reach, leading 5-1 heading into the final period.

Chad Earle scored less than a minute into the third period to chase Mount Pearl starting goaltender Ryan Mior from the net. His replacement, Doug Jewer, didn’t fare much better as rookie Kenny Mahoney snuck one behind him near the halfway point of the third period.

The Blades’ Ryan Graham stopped the bleeding with just over five minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough as the Caribous cruised to an easy victory.

Keith Delaney scored in the final minute to end the scoring for Clarenville.

Jason Churchill was strong between the pipes for Clarenville and finished the game with 25 saves.

Mior and Jewer combined to made 31 saves in a losing effort.

The two teams square off again tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Glacier.

Geographic location: Clarenville, Mount Pearl

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