Junior Stars, Flyers set to resume playoff series this weekend

Nicholas Mercer
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Both local St. John’s Junior Hockey League teams will resume their respective playoff matches tonight (Feb. 28).

Trinity Placentia Flyers defenceman Josh St. George is checked by CBN Junior Stars forward Philip Russell. Both teams resume their respective playoff series' tonight (Feb. 28).

The CBN Junior Stars will meet the CBR Renegades in Game 3 of their best-of-7 quarter-final series at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

Meanwhile, the Trinity Placentia Junior Flyers travel to the Goulds Arena for Game 3 of its series with the top-seeded Avalon Capitals.

With the series knotted at one, tonight’s affair in Bay Roberts becomes crucial for the Stars going forward.

There will be some obstacles to overcome as two of CBN’s top scorers — Michael Andrews (two games) and Cody Batten (one game)  — received suspensions during Game 2 and are unavailable for tonight’s action.

Andrews received a match penalty for attempting to kick an opponent, while Batten was dinged for abuse of an official.

“We’ll be alright,” said coach Rod Noseworthy.

Both Andrew and Batten were lost early in Game 2 and much of the team stepped up its game to account for the losses.

Noseworthy said the challenge will be temporarily replacing the offense the two high-scoring forwards supplied.

“We’ll need a full team effort,” he said.

The series got started right for the Stars. The team defeated the Renegades 4-3 on home ice.

Andrews, Batten, Zach Laing and Brandon Parrott had the goals for CBN, while Josh Taylor, Trevor Forward and Cecil Johnson replied for CBR.

Stars’ captain Andrew Smith was named player of the game for his team and Connor Thompson got the victory in goal.

The Renegades struck back in Game 2.

At the Robert French Memorial Stadium in Kelligrews, CBR was lead by Jonathan Ralph, who scored twice and added an assist. Josh Taylor, Mitch King and Justin Boland had the other goals as the Renegades defeated the Stars 5-4.

Zach Laing (2), Bradley Budden and Devon Whalen had the goals for CBN.

“Both teams are real well matched,” said Noseworthy.

Game 3 is scheduled to get underway 7:10 p.m. at the Bay Arena on Feb. 28 before the series shifts back to Kelligrews for Game 4 on March 1.

Puck drop for Game 4 is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.

 

Junior Flyers in big hole

The Junior Flyers find themselves down 2-0 as it gets set for its Game 3 matchup with the Avalon Capitals at the Goulds Arena on March 1.

Offense has been tough to come by for the Flyers.

In two games Trinity Placentia have mustered just two goals, compared to 11 for the Capitals.

In Game 1 of the series, both teams skated to a tight 3-1 decision in favour of the Capitals.

Greg Edison had the lone goal for the Flyers, while Matthew Barrett, Josh Crane and Ben Cleary had the goals for Avalon.

Coady Hann got the start in goal.

Game 2 was more of a struggle for the Flyers. The Capitals cruised to an 8-1 victory.

Justin Pinksen had the lone goal for Trinity Placentia.

Puck drop for Game 3 is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Goulds Arena on March 1, while Game 4 is scheduled to go 2:30 p.m. at the Trinity Placentia Stadium in Whitbourne.

 

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: Goulds Arena for Game 3, Flyers, Stars 5 Renegades Kelligrews for Game 4 Capitals

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Robert French Memorial Stadium, Kelligrews Trinity Placentia Stadium Whitbourne

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