Day 3 at Atlantics Ends with Vitos Advancing to Finals
An overtime 4-3 shoot-out win in Game 8 by the Steele Subaru Major Midgets over the Saint John Vitos allowed the NS team to improve to 4 and 0 in preliminary round robin play. Kyle Garnett opened the scoring for the Vitos on an unassisted effort. Team Subaru came back with three unanswered goals from Luke Henman, Evan MacKinnon, and Alexander Allain before the Vitos rallied back with snipes from Alex Hambley and Ben Reid to set the stage for overtime drama. After five minutes of extra time solved nothing, Dylan Burton and Brock McLeod combined for two shoot-out goals and Brendan Cregan shut the door on two Vito shooters to claim victory. Dartmouth’s POG was forward Evan MacKinnon, who contributed a goal to his solid two-way play. Saint John’s POG was defenseman Kyle Anderson, who stood out for his play-making (two assists) and slick puck movement.
In Game 9 the Kensington Wild crushed the St. John’s Privateers 8-1 to improve to 2 wins and 2 losses in the preliminary round. The Wild attack was led by Chris McQuaid (3 goals, 2 assists) and POG Brodie MacArthur. The Privateers surrendered early in this one as the toll of two games on Friday seemed to linger. POG Adam Nolan and the rest of the Privateers ended things with a classy center ice salute to their families and fans – a reminder that there are some things that matter more than the score.
In Game 10 the St. John’s Vitos defeated the St. John’s Maple Leafs 4-0. Alex Lafreniere led the attack with two goals, while Anderson MacDonald and Alex Hambley chipped in singles. Jake Stewart registered the shut-out. The big win clinched a berth in the Atlantic final tomorrow against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets, who now receive a place in the Telus Cup Nationals since the Vitos are the Host of that event.
The Championship Game on Sunday at noon at CBS Arena will be a showcase of excellent prospect hockey talent – well worth attending!