Resilient Capitals move on to final

John Browne
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Avalon Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals have acquired a flair for the dramatic in recent weeks. The Capitals, trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven Penney Kia St. John’s Junior Hockey League final, rebounded to beat CBR Assante Wealth Management Renegades in two straight games during the weekend to advance to the final.

Andrew Gillard, 3, and Trevor Forward, 9, of the CBR Assante Wealth Management Renegades battle for a loose puck with Avalon Roebothan, McKay Marshall Capitals’ John Charles Snow and Kristian Husk, 18, in Game 7 of their Penney Kia St. John’s Junior Hockey League semifinal Saturday night at the Goulds Arena. The Capitals won the game 4-3 in overtime. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Kristian Husk’s overtime goal in Game 7 Saturday night at Goulds Arena gave Avalon a 4-3 win after the Capitals had forced a deciding game with a 6-3 victory Friday at Robert French Memorial Stadium.

“We showed a lot of resiliency,” said Capitals’ coach David Hutchens. “We never panic. No matter what the score is, we’ve never been out of a game all year.”

Avalon will take on Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers in the best-of-seven final starting 7:30 Tuesday at Goulds Arena. The Breakers advanced by getting past St. John’s Hickman Automotive Group Caps in the other semifinal.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 to CBR after the first period, and 3-2 heading into the final frame before they tied the game and won it in extra time.

However, Hutchens pointed out fighting back is nothing new to his team in the post season.

“We were down 5-1 after two periods in Game 4 and we almost came back to win that one,” said Hutchens, referring to the team’s eventual 6-5 loss and saw the series tied 2-2.

Hutchens said there was “nothing but confidence” in the dressing room going into Game 6 at Robert French Memorial Stadium with the host team one win away from advancing.

“There’s a lot of positive energy around this team,” said Hutchens. “As a coaching staff, we try to stray away from any negative emotion because that just bleeds into the players.”

Josh Crane, Alex Powell and Mike Cole had the other goals for the winners. Crane set up two goals.

Mitch King scored twice and Josh Taylor had one goal for the Renegades, who outshot Avalon 40-35.

Capitals’ goalie Doug Pippy was chosen the Jungle Jim’s player of the game for the winners, while Renegades’ goalie Mitchell Puddester got the nod for CBR.

Asked what he expects in the final, Hutchens took a breath.

“Oh, boy. It should be extremely fast paced. Despite a lot of offence on either side, I think the series is going to be low scoring with a lot of great defence and goaltending and it could come down to special teams.”


Avalon 6, CBR 3 (Friday)

Ben Cleary scored twice to pace Avalon. Kristian Husk, Bobby Squires, Mike Cole and Josh Crane had single tallies for the winners.

Trevor Forward scored all three goals for the Renegades who were outshot 40-26.

Cleary and Forward were named players of the game.

Organizations: Capitals, Junior Hockey League, Renegades Hickman Automotive Group Caps

Geographic location: Robert French Memorial Stadium

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