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St. John's Junior Hockey League: Blades will finish first

With two regular-season games remaining, standings pretty much finalized

The Mount Pearl Blades closed out the regular season with 10 straight wins, including three in the last four days, to nail down first place in the Mary Brown’s St. John’s Junior Hockey League.

Mount Pearl (23-3-2) and the defending champion CBR Renegade (20-4-4) had been in a season-long contest for top spot, but the Blades’ hot streak, which included two lopsided weekend wins, left them four points up on the Renegades.

The Blades, who blanked the Northeast Eagles 10-o Sunday in Torbay after a 12-1 victory over the Paradise Warriors Saturday, haven’t lost a game since dropping a 5-4 extra-time decision to the St. John’s Caps on Jan. 11 and haven’t suffered a defeat in regulation since Dec. 15, when they were edged 3-2 by the Avalon Capitals

The league has been busy recently as games to make up for postponements earlier the season were tacked onto the regular schedule, and there are a couple still to be played, but the final standings have been just about determined.

St. John’s (19-7-2) is third, followed by the CBN Stars (17-7-3) and the Southern Shore Breakers.

The Breakers (13-15-0) secured fifth place over the weekend through the combination of their  5-4 win over the Renegades Saturday night and a 6-3 victory over St, John’s on Sunday, plus losses by both Avalon and Trinity-Placentia Flyers.

One of those latter two teams will finish sixth. 

Avalon (11-17-0) was edged 5-4 by St. John’s on Saturday, but completed its regular season with a 2-1 win over Trinity-Placentia on Sunday, leaving the Capitals two points up on the Flyers and Eagles (9-17-2), However, Trinity-Placentia (9-15-2) has two games remaining, That includes a matchup tonight against CBN at the Bay Arena and a game versus the last-place Warriors Wednesday in Whitbourne.

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