AESHL competition got underway Friday night at the Jack Byrne Arena when in front of a crowd of over 150 weathered fans, the Outer Cove Marines hosted the CB Blues. The matchup would turn into a full blowout as the shocked Marines let the Blues get away with 3 unanswered goals in the first period, and then a further goal in both the 2nd and 3rd periods. Longtime Blue Tyler Adams led the way for Conception Bay, contributing back to back goals and an assist, while Kyle Tibbo, Tyler Wall, and former Northeast Eagle Liam Myers recorded singles. Ben Cleary gave the losing Marines their sole goal, scoring just over 6 and half minutes into the second period on Blues goalie Redmond Hunt to cut off any hopes of a shutout.
The action continued at the Danny Cleary Community Center as the Ceebee Stars hosted the Clarenville Caribous. Winless in their last 3 meetings against Harbour Grace, the Caribous were not only walking into the game with a chance to get a win over the Stars, but also extend their win streak to 2 games. Making his home ice debut, Claude Garland was between the pipes for the CeeBee Stars, while AJ Whiffen got the start for the Caribous. Despite singles from Bradley Budden and former Caribou Josh St. George, it wasn't enough for the Stars as Kyle Robinson, who headed the Clarenville attack, put up a goal and 2 assists, helping the Caribous take home a swift 5-2 victory on the road.
Saturday night hockey once again got underway in the Goulds as the St. John’s Caps and Outer Cove Marines clashed for the last time during the regular season. In a matchup that would see the senior debut of St. John’s Junior Hockey League star Cody Drover, both the Marines and Caps clearly showcased desperation and pride, keeping the game close for nearly 2 periods in the midst of it. With both clubs coming off a winless weekend past, the effort was justified, and by the end of the 2nd period, scoring had rounded out to a close 4-2 lead favoring the Caps. Determined to keep the lead intact, the Caps very own Michael Cole made his intentions clear when he added not one, but two goals to his previous 1st period marker to complete a hat trick. As a senior rookie, Cody Drover would contribute an assist in Jimmy Locke’s first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Marines as the Caps reached over with an 8-4 victory.
For the last time this regular season, AESHL competition wrapped up in Mobile as the red hot Southern Shore Breakers hosted the CB Blues. The Blues, coming off their blowout Friday night victory, showed no signs of being nervous or shaky as they nearly put away the Breakers 4 game win streak, leading 4-3 with under a minute left in the 3rd. Despite being down, Southern Shore resistance held up, and with 4.4 seconds left in the game, Riley Spurrell netted his 2nd goal of the season to tie the game and send both clubs into overtime. With no end in sight, the scoreless post-regulation period resulted in a decision to take the game to a shootout. Despite both Adam Nolan and Stephen Oates recording goals within the first 5 rounds, it would take a further 7 rounds before the latter would net another to complete the comeback and give the Breakers their 5th regulr season win in a row.
AESHL action continues this Friday in CBS as the Blues host the Breakers for one last rematch before post-season play begins!