Braeden Carlson and Ryan Petten each had two goals as the Conception Bay North Stars maintained hopes for a late-season move up the Mary Brown St. John’s Junior Hockey League standings with a 7-2 win over the Avalon Capitals Tuesday night at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
It was a third straight win for the Stars (15-6-2), who are four points behind the third place St. John’s Caps, but have two games in hand.
At the top of the standings are the Mount Pearl Blades (18-3-2) and defending champion CBR Renegades (17-3-4), each with 38 points, two more than the Caps.
There are just about two weeks left in the SJJHL regular season.
There is also a CBN player involved in an individual race. That’s forward Luke Akerman, who had a goal and two assists Tuesday, moving him into the league scoring lead with 47 points, one more than Kyle McGrath of St. John’s.
Ryan Williams, who also had two assists, and Cass Warren had the other Stars goals Tuesday.
Colin MacKinnon and Ryan Fahey replied for Avalon (10-16-0).
There were two other games Tuesday, making for an unusually busy mid-week schedule as the league gets in contests to make up for postponements earlier in the season.
At Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, A.J. Foyle scored twice and Cameron Forward broke open a 4-4 tie with goal midway through the third period as the visiting Southern Shore Breakers downed the Northeast Eagles 6-4.
Brendan Houlihan, Jesse Putt and Logan Brothers also scored for the Breakers (11-12-0). Ryan Ricketts, with two, Kyle Rumsey and Kyle Champion had the goals for the Eagles (9-15-2).
At the Paradise Double Ice Complex, the Trinity Placentia Flyers (9-12-2), blanked the Paradise Warriors 3-0, with Brent Hatfield stopping 20 shots in posting the shutout.
Andrew Mercer scored twice for the Flyers, with Michael Pittman producing Trinity Placentia’s other goal.