After collecting a tie in their first game, the St. John's Fog Devils recorded their first win at the Telus Cup national midget hockey championships on Tuesday, downing the host Levis Commandeurs 6-2.
Leading the way for the Newfoundlanders was forward Michael Cole, who had a four-point night with a hat trick plus an assist.
Zach O'Brien found his way onto the scoresheet again, with two goals - one on the power play and another on a highlight-reel shorthanded effort - and was named St. John's player of the game.
Dylan Brake had the third Foggies' goal, one which turned out to be the winner. Andrew Sullivan added three assists.
Goalie Scott Bray got the win, stopping 21 of 23 shots.
The win puts St. John's in an early round-robin tie for first place with the Notre Dame Hounds from Wilcox, Sask., whom they meet in their third game today (6:30 p.m. Newfoundland time).
If the Fog Devils can down the Hounds, they'll sit atop the standings with a 2-0-1 record and will be pretty much guaranteed a spot in Saturday's semifinals.
The other Newfoundlanders in action in Levis this week, Notre Dame skaters Andrew Ryan of Paradise and James Melindy of Goulds, were held off the scoresheet in the Hounds' 2-2 tie with Quebec entry Gaulois du CollÈge Antoine-Girouard on Tuesday.
Caps open Don Johnson Cup schedule today
Another team from the province competing abroad this week, the provincial junior champion St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps, start work towards a second consecutive Atlantic junior B crown today in St. Margaret's Bay, N.S., site of the 2010 Don Johnson Cup. The Caps open against Bay Roberts native Cody Roach and the Cumberland County Cool Blues this afternoon.
While the St. John's Fog Devils vie for a national midget title, the Clarenville Caribous began their quest for the province's first senior amateur championship since 1986.
The Caribous, the Herder Memorial Trophy champs two years running, opened their 2010 Allan Cup round-robin schedule in British Columbia against the host Fort St. John Flyers at 8 p.m. Pacific time (12:30 a.m. NT). However because of the time difference and the Telegram's press deadline, game results were not available.
Scores are available online at allancup.ca