Combines win at home against Sabres

Brandon Anstey
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Twillingate retains CNHL championship

The Central Newfoundland Hockey League championship came to a fast paced end on Sunday afternoon as the Twillingate Combines kept the lead over the Northeast Sabres for a 7-4 win.

Fans got their money’s worth in the opening of the game as most of the scoring action took place in the first period. The puck wasn’t on the ice two minutes before the hometown Combines opened up the scoring with Nathan Hull assisting captain Sheldon Brown on a first period goal. The red light went off again less than a minute later as the Combines’ Jordan Bath put one in the back of the net with the help of Luc Dearing.

A response to the home team’s goals came quickly from the Sabres as Trenton Johanson helped assistant captain Corey Barker find his way to the back of the Combines’ net, making the score 2-1 for the home town Combines.

The Twillingate team were swift to answer the Sabres’ offensive effort when Josh Maye scored an unassisted goal for the Combines ten seconds after the Sabres went on the board.

The Combines went on to pick up two more quick goals as they took a 5-1 lead over the Sabres. The Northeast team started firing back later in the first period, scoring three goals in less than five minutes. The effort brought the game closer with a 5-4 lead for the Combines. Two of the goals came from Corey Barker, making it a hat trick for the Sabres forward. Sabres captain Ryan Cull also picked up a goal in the mix.

The first period ended with the Northeast Sabres just one point behind the hometown Combines. The two teams were relentless in the second period but no goals went on the board for either side, as both goalies kept the puck out of the net.

Combines forward Luc Dearing helped to widen the gap again in the third period as teammates Guy Lambert and Kristian Greenham assisted him in a goal nearly five minutes in.

The Sabres fought back hard against the Combines’ 6-4 lead, but Josh Maye scored his second of the night around the ten minute mark of the third period to ensure the home team’s 7-4 championship win. It was a 3-1 series sweep for the Twillingate Combines.

Geographic location: Northeast Sabres

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