There are a half dozen Mary Brown’s St. John’s Junior Hockey League games this weekend, but it is hard not to look ahead to final one of the six, to be played Sunday night at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, where the first-place Mount Pearl Blades visit to take on the second-place Northeast Eagles.
It will be rematch of a game this past Sunday, a dandy affair at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, where the Eagles handed the Blades their first loss of the season, prevailing 4-3 in a shootout.
The result left the Blades (5-0-1) and Eagles (5-2-1) tied in points, but Mount Pearl has two games in hand and therefore continues to sit on top of the league standings.
Sunday’s game also continued a pattern that has seen Northeast involved in close contests. Four of the Eagles’ last five games have been decided by one goal, and the one that wasn’t, a 6-4 win on Saturday over the St. John’s Caps at Twin Rink, saw Northeast score an empty-netter in the final minute.
There was a SJJHL game played Tuesday night at the Paradise Double Ice Complex, where the Avalon Capitals blanked the homestanding Warriors 6-0.
It was a third straight win for Avalon (4-2-0), which got two goals from Stephen Baldwin and singletons from Brendan Callahan, Cole Winsor, Regan Seymour and Grant Lane .
Goaltender Liam Buckingham earned not only his first SJJHL shutout, but also his first win in the league.
The result means Paradise, an expansion entry this season, is still looking for its first win and/or point through five games.