Kings take two from Maple Leafs as provincial major midget playoffs begin

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Western up 2-0 in semifinal series; Tri-Pen and Central split

Jamie Penney’s goal at 11:35 of the second overtime period gave the Western Kings a 5-4 win over the St. John’s Maple Leafs and a sweep of their opening two games in their Newfoundland Major Midget Hockey League semifinal Sunday afternoon at Rogers Bussey Arena in St. John’s.
The Kings won the opening game of the best-of-seven series by the same 5-4 count Saturday night at Feildian Gardens.

The St. John’s Maple Leafs’ Coady Barron celebrates after beating the Western Kings’ Ian Wooolfrey for a goal during the teams’ Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League playoff gameat Fieldian Gardens Arena Saturday.

In central Newfoundland, the Central IcePak and Tri-Pen Osprey split the opening two games of their series at the Lewisporte Stadium.

Sunday, Jordan Richards had a goal and two assists for Western, while Brady Griffin, Jalen Gillard and Lucas McKay also scored. Andrew Paul had a pair of goals for the Leafs. Adam Caines and Bobby Upshall netted singles.

Ian Woolfrey turned in another solid performance in goal for Western. Brandon Short was between the pipes for St. John’s.

The series resumes next weekend in Corner Brook with games slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Griffin had two goals for the Kings Saturday night. McKay, Richards and Shannon Moores netted singles. Paul, Cody Barron, Andrew Barron and Nick Roberts had the St. John’s goals.

Woolfrey registered the win. Redmond Hunt was in goal for the Leafs.

CENTRAL VS TRI-PEN

Curtis Barrett posted the shutout and Adam Dawe fired three goals as the IcePak blanked the Osprey 4-0 Sunday.

Ben Avery tallied a shorthanded goal, and Jordan Maher, the league’s top scorer and MVP, collected two assists.

Saturday, Riley Akerman was reportedly outstanding in goal for Tri-Pen in its 3-1 win. Goalscorers were Andrew Churchill, Nathaniel Duffett and Conal McNamara. Maher had the lone Central goal.

That series resumes 7 p.m. Friday at the Placentia Stadium followed by games 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

Organizations: Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Placentia Stadium Bay Roberts

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