Mount Pearl finds a way to knock off league-leading Caps

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Young Mount Pearl team rallies for win in matchup of top two teams

A quick glance through the St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps' roster helps explain the team's stellar start - 14-1 prior to this weekend's game - of the Kent St. John's Junior Hockey League season.

The Caps, winners of the 2009 Don Johnson Cup Atlantic junior championships, are nothing short of stacked. On top of a experienced junior roster, St. John's also has a number of former major junior and major midget players.

St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps' goaltender Joey Yetman gets his trapper on a shot from the Mark's Work Wearhouse Blades' John Ryan (10) during their Sunday-night Kent's St. John's Junior Hockey League game at the Glacier. - Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegra

A quick glance through the St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps' roster helps explain the team's stellar start - 14-1 prior to this weekend's game - of the Kent St. John's Junior Hockey League season.

The Caps, winners of the 2009 Don Johnson Cup Atlantic junior championships, are nothing short of stacked. On top of a experienced junior roster, St. John's also has a number of former major junior and major midget players.

The result has been a near perfect record , with the Caps averaging a mere two goals against per game.

On the flipside, the Mount Pearl Mark's Work Wearhouse Blades have fashioned a similar record - 11-2 heading into the weekend - without the benefit of a widely experienced roster. The Blades have 13 rookies, eight of whom have dressed and played more than half the team's games.

Sunday night at the Glacier, the young Blades put together an awesome effort in a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Caps.

"I don't take anything away from St. John's, they're a damn good team," Blades' coach Brian Cranford said. "But don't take anything away from team either. They proved tonight they belong where they are; chasing these guys down for first place."

The Caps scored three first-period goals - one each from Kyle McGuirk, Shane Sullivan and Kyle Smith - on 17 shots.

"We weren't ready to play in that period, they were, and it showed. They outskated us and we didn't respond," Cranford said of his Blades in the first 20 minutes.

The Blades got on track in the second period with a pair of goals from Mike Rose and captain Steve Bailey. Rose, the Jungle Jim's home team player of the game, added two goals in the third frame, while Bailey potted another.

"You've got to be playing playoff type hockey against them, and that's what we did in the second and third period," Blades coach Brian Cranford said.

Much of credit for the Blades' victory is due goalie Nick Rodway, who stopped 42 of 45 shots.

"He's amazing," Bailey said of Rodway, who's been holding down the No. 1 spot for an injured Harry Bartlett Jr.

"He's stepped into this role and has really carried us on his back by making the big save when it counts. We're just doing our best to keep shots down in front of him."

At the other end of the ice, the Caps' Joey Yetman, with 37 saves, took the loss. Vincent Paiement was the visiting team player of the game.

Celtics 4, Avalon 1

At O'Hehir Arena, player of the game Shawn Roberts had two goals and an assist as the Mask Security Celtics downed the Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals.

Kyle Pardy had one and one with Tyler Parsons adding a single. Nathan Hutchens, the visiting player of the game, replied for Avalon.

Andrew Caines took the loss, David Parsons collected the win and the Celtics outshot the Capitals 28-18.

Southern Shore 6, Trinity-Placentia 0 (Sunday)

At Whitbourne Stadium, Darryl Swain and rookie Andrew Gale each scored twice as the C&W Offshore Breakers blanked the I.J. Smith and Sons Flyers.

Chris Hammond and Stefan Jones had single markers for the Breakers, who put the game out of the Flyers reach with four third-period markers.

Southern Shore 4, Bell Island 3 (Friday)

At the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile, Shane Boland of the Breakers scored two of his team's four third-period goals in a victory over the Family Drug Mart Blues.

Home team player of the game Michael Chafe and Adam Molloy added singles for Southern Shore, which trailed 2-0 after forty minutes.

Bell Island player of the game Jonathon Hull lit the lamp twice, with Daniel Roberts tallying once and adding a pair of helpers.

Brian Ronayne recorded the win over Jordan Byrne.

The Breakers outshot the Blues 36-35.

Celtics 6, C.B.N. 2 (Friday)

At the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, visiting player of the game Justin Fitzgerald scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Celtics recorded a victory over the Slateworks Stars.

Kyle Pardy, Daniel Cadigan, Jeff Hustler, and Matthew Connors scored for the winners ,with home team player of the game Blair Adams and Shane McGrath replying for the Stars.

The Celtics' David Parsons made 22 saves in the win over Jason Penney, who faced 35 shots.

Organizations: Junior Hockey League, Celtics, Mount Pearl Mark's Work Wearhouse Blades Flyers

Geographic location: St. John's, Mount Pearl, Bell Island Whitbourne Stadium Mobile Bay Roberts

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