The Mount Pearl Blades downed the St. John’s Caps 5-1 Saturday night, finishing off their 2017-18 St. John’s Junior Hockey League season at 26-1-1, the second-best record ever registered in league history.
Daniel Toope led the Blades with a goal and two assists at Twin Rinks.
The junior circuit clewed up its regular season this past weekend and will begin its best-of-five quarter-finals next weekend.
All eight league teams are in the post season.
The Blades will play eighth-place Northeast Eagles (6-22) in a series that starts Sunday in Mount Pearl. Second-place CBR (21-4-3) plays seventh-place Trinity-Placentia Flyers (10-16-2) beginning Saturday in C.B.S., and fourth-place C.B.N. Stars (14-14) meet fifth-place St. John’s Caps (11-13-4) starting Friday at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
The third-place Southern Shore Breakers (14-11-3) and sixth-place Avalon Capitals (11-14-3) open their series early next week, likely Monday or Tuesday.
Other weekend results
Sam Templeman scored the shootout winner, and Steve Kennedy had two goals in regulation time as Northeast upset C.B.N. 5-4 Sunday at the Jack Byrne Arena … In another game Sunday, Blake Fudge had three goals and two assists and Tyler Nickson potted three goals as the Renegades got by the Flyers 10-1 at the C.B.S. Arena … Friday, Drew Stonehouse had two goals and three assists, and Nickson scored four goals as CBR thumped Northeast 10-0. Luke Peddle collected four assists and Chris Kirkham posted the shutout … All the scoring was in the second period as Avalon shaded the Shore 2-1 at the Southern Shore Arena. Ian Predham and Jatley Jardine scored for the winners, and Shayne Kavanagh replied … The Caps defeated the Stars 3-2 in a shootout at Twin Rinks. Jordan Richards and Dylan McKenzie had the goals in regulation time for St. John’s. Michael Mason had both C.BN. goals.