Avalon East award prognostication

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Yes, its another blog about the Avalon East. Theres still quite a bit of time before the season wraps up and the hardware is handed out, but that shouldnt stop us from considering potential award winners. Max Day Award awarded to goaltender combining sportsmanship and ability Its hard to believe the CeeBees Freddy Diamond wont take this one home again. He has been, pads down, the most consistent netminder in the league. As of the January 18, the other-other pride of Bonavista had a league best 14-1-0 record and a 3.23 GAA. But dont count the Shores Graham Cook out yet. Hes had great numbers 8-4-0, 2.55 GAA and a .926 save percentage and will try to improve on those stats before the season is out. Rookie of the Year On points totals alone this one could end up won by a CeeBee Star either Matthew Thomey (7G-13A-20PTS) or Brent Lynch (10G-9A-19PTS). But again, playing on the CeeBees with talent all around you, youre bound to amass a few more points than, say, someone playing with less experienced players around you. For me, its the Bell Island Waves Jon Adams. While Adam Gear was widely expected to be the main offensive threat for Brazil and company this season, its Adams whos emerged as a force. Gear and Jay Pilgrim lead the team in scoring, but as a 22-year-old fresh out of junior Adams has been superb, being held pointless just twice this season. Top Defenceman The Southern Shores Donnie Gosse should win this one; hes been as rock steady this year as his eight seasons should guarantee him to be. But with C.B.N.s Mike Dyke enjoying another impressive campaign, it could be a tough one for the AESHL executive to decide upon. Gosse gets my vote. Top Coach I cant see this one being clear until at least the first round of the playoffs wrap up. Brazils done a tremendous job with what hes had to work with in Bell Islands first year. CeeBees coach Eddie Oates and Breakers bench boss Greg Bird Dog Smyth have kept their clubs at or near the top all season. And Steve Powers first year in Torbay has been an improvement on last years disappointing squad. Sorry Ed OBrien, better luck next year. League MVP Sean Wadden, last years regular season MVP, may challenge. But expect this one to come down to either of the Delaney boys and the Shores Berrick Loughlin. All four are within four points of one another in the scoring race, but the CeeBees have two games in hand on the Shore. If I were a betting man, Id put my money on Ryan Delaney with Loughlin finishing a close second. But dont count out veteran Dale Sullivan from the Breakers.

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  • Ken
    July 27, 2010 - 13:55

    Yet another east coast blog. Check out the western star for west coast hockey... Comon Ken its getting boring. Spread your vision just a little.