It was a series that deserved a memorable finish.
And it got one.
Drew Stonehouse scored in double overtime, giving the CBR Renegades a 3-2 win over the Mount Pearl Blades Friday night in the seventh and deciding game of the 2019 Mary Brown’s St. John’s Junior Hockey League final.
It’s a first ever league title for the Renegades, who will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Atlantic Junior B tournament in Kensington, P.E.I., April 24-28.
Four of the last five games in the SJJHL final were decided by a single goal, while the one that wasn’t featured an empty-net tally. Two of the matchups, including Friday’s thriller at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, went past regulation.
The Renegades had taken a 2-0 lead in the series before the defending champion Blades stormed back with three straight victories. However, CBR won 5-4 on home ice at the Conception Bay South Arena on Tuesday, setting up Game 7, which was officially a home contest for the Blades, but had to be played in Torbay because the Glacier in Mount Pearl was booked for the Downhome Expo this weekend.
The Renegades had finished second in the regular season behind the Blades, who had won all three of their head-to-head meetings before the playoffs.
Stonehouse was the player of the game Friday, while CBR netminder Jordan Blackwood was named MVP of the playoffs.