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Down 2-0 to Celtics, St. John’s unfazed heading into Game 3 tonight

Robbie Hynd (centre) of the St. John’s Caps battles the Celtics Hugh Muise (left) and Adrian Cuomo (right) for a loose puck during Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven St. John’s Junior Hockey League final at Twin Rinks this past Saturday. The Celtics took the game 2-1 and Game 2 5-2. The series continues with Game 3 tonight at O’Hehir Arena. — Photo Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

St. John’s Toyota Plaza Caps coach Greg Ryerson says his team isn’t about to throw in the towel after going down 2-0 to Mask Security Celtics in the Kent St. John’s Junior Hockey League final.

“We’re just a little bit snake bitten right now,” said Ryerson, whose team has lost 2-1 and 5-2 to the Celtics in Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven series which continues with Game 3 8:15 tonight at O’Hehir Arena.

“We’ve only got three goals in two games and we just can’t find the back of the net right now. That’s about it,” said Ryerson in summing up the series so far.

Ryerson said his team is getting their share of scoring chances, “but (David) Parsons is making the saves he’s needed to make,” the Caps mentor said, referring to the Celtics’ netminder who has stopped 58 of 61 shots he’s faced over the first two games.

“We’ve been down this road before, although it’s been a few years since we lost two straight,” noted Ryerson. “We have a lot of gamers on this team and they’ve been involved in some pretty big games over the last couple of years. They know what it takes and I’m sure they’ll come out of the gate strong.

“We got off to a rough start, but we’re nowhere near being out of this series yet,” stated Ryerson. “I don’t think we played well in Game 1, but as for the last game… we got down early, but we got a bit of momentum going and outplayed them in the second half of the game.”

But, he added, “we ran into some penalty problems and that was the difference. “

"We have a lot of gamers on this team and they’ve been involved in some pretty big games over the last couple of years. They know what it takes and I’m sure they’ll come out of the gate strong." Greg Ryerson, St. John’s Caps coach

He said the final score wasn’t indicative of how close the game was.

Ryerson said he didn’t want to make it sound like the previous playoff series were easy, but he admitted, “We probably got a little complacent coming off the quarter-finals and semifinals. We picked up some bad habits and that sort of thing creeps into your game.

“I can’t say we weren’t ready for the Celtics. We knew what was coming. I give the Celtics credit. They are playing hard and they want it bad,” said Ryerson.

“I’m not taking anything away from the Celtics,” he added. “Their goaltender is playing well and they are sticking to their game plan.

Losing the first two games, however, was “a wake-up call,” he said.

“This is where character kicks in and you really see what teams are made of now. When your back is against the wall, you pull out all stops.

There’s no panic on behalf of the Caps, according to Ryerson.

“We’re not ready to change anything yet. We still have a lot to throw out there and our confidence is still really high.”

Ryerson conceded tonight’s Game 3 is pivotal at this point in the series.

“It’s a key game. Obviously we don’t want to fall behind 3-0. This is the tell-tale game.”

Game 4 goes eight o’clock Thursday night at Twin Rinks.

The Caps beat the Celtics for the championship in five games last season.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Celtics, Junior Hockey League

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  • Ol Son
    March 23, 2011 - 14:03

    EDMUND........did'nt know you have such an attachment to the Boyle.you must work at the newfoundland and Labrador Hockey hall of fame ....are you sour becasue your name wasn't on it???? It sounds like you hold it near and dear to your heart

    • Edmund
      March 23, 2011 - 15:24

      Hey OL SON, try to get your facts and trophy names right before you go on public domain to pass your comments. Not knowing the name of the trophy to which you were referring simply shows your ignorance. AND yes, the Boyle is near and dear to my heart. Like so many other local hockey players who grew up wanting to compete for the honor to win "THE BOYLE" I am proud to have my name on this historic trophy, which, at the time was like winning the Stanley Cup. That is a feeling, obviously, you have not experienced - can you even skate? Mr. Ryerson, thank you for your concern. I am very relaxed however I have no time for those (OL SOL) that pass comment and do not have their facts straight. All the best in your playoff run for the local junior title and should you win that, the NL & Atlantic title and the "Don Johnson Cup". Don is a great hockey man and an excellent person and it would also be an honor for your team or any team from NL to win it. I wish I was young enough to try again. Oh, and in case OL SON is curious I was also a proud member of 3 St. John's Capital Junior teams that won the NL provincial title and represented NL in the Atlantics so I think I may be in an informed position to pass comment.

  • Greg Ryerson
    March 23, 2011 - 13:50

    Relax Edmund I think OL SON meant the "Don Johnson Trophy" not the Boyle.

  • JR H FAN
    March 23, 2011 - 13:28

    Maybe that was the Don Johnson Cup?

  • Ol Son
    March 23, 2011 - 09:39

    Ryerson is the coach of the year.................the only man to bring the boyle back to the island in 20 yrs..............

    • Edmund
      March 23, 2011 - 11:01

      What do you mean OL SON about bringing the boyle back to the island in 20 years? If you are referring to "The Boyle Trophy", that trophy was emblamatic of the Senior Hockey Championship for many many years (older than The Stanley Cup) and was rightfully retired after the 1969 season, the last year of Senior competition, until some idiots (who didn't win the Boyle as hockey players - they know who they are - but wanted to say that they had their name on it) managed to get it out of retirement for some minor or high school league that their sons played in and they were coaches and team management at the time. That was self serving, abuse of their offsprings abilities, absolutely disgraceful and disgusting on their part and any names on The Boyle not associated with a Senior Hockey Team whose players gave their blood, sweat and tears to win (St. Bon's, Guards, Fieldians and St. Pat's etc.) should be deleted from it and the trophy put back in the sports archives on display for all to see. If "The Boyle" is still being competed for in any league, shame on the sports governing executives that allowed this to happen. Surely they have no sense of pride or respect for such a treasured piece of our local hockey history and those that competed and fought so hard to win it. Go get sponsorship for another championship trophy and have any names after 1969 (the last time "The Boyle" was played for as a Senior Hockey Championship Trophy) transferred to the new trophy where they belong. You didn't see "The Allan Cup" or "The Herder" being given to another level for presentation when they were not being competed for. Sorry if the truth hurts!!!!