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Western Kings claw back to claim provincial major midget hockey league title

Western Kings’ Drew Langdon skates into the offensive zone with the puck on his stick being chased by Tri Pen Osprey players Sheamus Best, left, and Josh Elford during Game 7 of the provincial major midget hockey league final Saturday at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.
Western Kings’ Drew Langdon skates into the offensive zone with the puck on his stick being chased by Tri Pen Osprey players Sheamus Best, left, and Josh Elford during Game 7 of the provincial major midget hockey league final Saturday at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex. - Roxanne Ryland
DEER LAKE, N.L. —

About halfway through the second period of Game 7, the Dennis GM Western Kings were staring at a 3-0 deficit and coach Mark Robinson called a timeout.

They scored immediately off the ensuing faceoff and the comeback was on, capped by two goals by Drew Langdon in the third to seal the 4-3 win over the Tri Pen Osprey Saturday night at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

Team members included, from left, (front) Lucas Robinson, Jonathan Park, Lucas Park, Will Keating, and Lucas Wiseman; (second) Jack O’Neill, Jacob Oake, Ben Smith, Brett Urquhart, and Riley Simms; (third) equipment manager Brandon Crewe, Brady Cassell, Jeff Walsh, Marty Bowers, Drew Langdon, Brady Parsons, Jesse Hickey, Bradin Burden, Steven Ford, Mason Campbell, and Noah Legge; (back) owner Craig Simms, trainer Heidi Tucker, head coach Mark Robinson, Tyler Burton, Nick Reid, owner Jason Oake, Isaiah Caines, Luke Cornick, Jake Cornick, Nathan King, assistant coach Andre Cornick, and assistant coach Darren Langdon.
Team members included, from left, (front) Lucas Robinson, Jonathan Park, Lucas Park, Will Keating, and Lucas Wiseman; (second) Jack O’Neill, Jacob Oake, Ben Smith, Brett Urquhart, and Riley Simms; (third) equipment manager Brandon Crewe, Brady Cassell, Jeff Walsh, Marty Bowers, Drew Langdon, Brady Parsons, Jesse Hickey, Bradin Burden, Steven Ford, Mason Campbell, and Noah Legge; (back) owner Craig Simms, trainer Heidi Tucker, head coach Mark Robinson, Tyler Burton, Nick Reid, owner Jason Oake, Isaiah Caines, Luke Cornick, Jake Cornick, Nathan King, assistant coach Andre Cornick, and assistant coach Darren Langdon.

Mason Campbell and Jesse Hickey supplied the other markers for the Kings in the championship-clinching win.

Luke Akerman, Mark Rumsey and Liam Best did the damage for the Osprey.

Lucas Park earned the win in net over Riley Petten.

The first goal didn’t go on the board until 1:22 remaining in the first period when Akerman struck shorthanded from Reilly Mayne.

Rumsey made it 2-0 at 15:25 of the second, from Brady Oates, before Best put his side up by three at 11:43 with Rumsey drawing the assist.

Campbell scored the Kings first goal after the timeout, at 11:41, from Langdon.

Then Hickey scored at 9:06, with Will Keating picking up the assist, to make it 3-2.

Langdon got his first of the night to tie the game at 13:25 of the third, from Jonathan Park, before striking again immediately with an unassisted goal at 13:18 that stood up as the winner.

The Kings earned the right to play Game 7 after winning Game 6 Friday night 4-1.

Langdon, Nathan King, Jack O’Neill and Jeff Walsh were the goalscorers in that win.

Tyler Dohey was the lone marksman for the Osprey.

The Kings will now represent the province at the 2019 Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championsbhip in Charlottetown, P.E.I. from April 4-7.

Kings’ Noah Legge skates with the trophy following the team’s Game 7 triumph.
Kings’ Noah Legge skates with the trophy following the team’s Game 7 triumph.

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