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St. John's Maple Leafs, Western Kings to face off in provincial major midget hockey final


Leafs are two-time defending champs, but Kings have been dominant this season

The St. John’s Maple Leafs will play for their third straight Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League championship.
The Maple Leafs downed the East Coast Blizzard 4-2 Friday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl and followed up with a 2-0 win Saturday in Goulds to take their best-of-seven semifinal in six games.
St. John’s will face the Western Kings in the best-of-seven final beginning next weekend in Corner Brook. The league-leading Kings swept past the Tri-Pen Osprey in the other semifinal which ended last weekend.
The Leafs knocked off the Kings in playoff series the last two years — prevailing in the 2016 final and a 2017 semifinal — but it will be Western that will be the definite favourite this time after losing just twice in 32 regular-season games and winning seven of their eight meetings with the Leafs (21-9-2). However, of those eight contests, four were decided by a single goal, with another seeing the Kings scoring an empty-net tally late for a two-goal winning margin.

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