Privateers Closing in on Western Kings

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Updated: January 7, 2013

The St. John’s Privateers completed the sweep of a weekend series versus the Western Kings this morning, taking the game by a score of 6-5. With the win, the Privateers are now just a single point behind the Kings for top spot in the Newfoundland Major Midget Hockey League (the Kings have 30 points, while the Privateers have 29), and St. John’s also has two games in hand, which could prove to be huge as the season winds down.

St. John’s got on the board first when Shayne Kavanagh scored at the 9:16 mark of the opening period.  However, the Kings Ian Skinner would score twice in 25 seconds near the end of the period, to give Western a 2-1 lead heading into the break.

Just over four minutes into the second though, Shayne’s older brother, Peter, would tie the game. Jordan King would restore his teams lead though, just a minute and a half later. The teams would continue to battle for the rest of the period, before Liam Careen would score on the power play to send the teams to their locker rooms, tied at three after the second.

The scoresheet would blow up in the third as the teams would turn up the offense. First, Brett Vokey would take a pass from Peter Kavanagh and bury a shot to put his team up 4-3. David Budgell would even it up at four, three and a half minutes later, before Kavanagh would score on a wicked wrist shot that popped the water bottle of Kings goalie Daniel McCarthy, and the Privateers led 5-4. Two minutes after that, it would be Shayne Kavanagh with his second of the night, and the eventual game winner, off a great pass from Zach Tucker. Skinner would complete the hat
trick and bring his team to within one goal, with three minutes remaining, but the could not get the tying goal as the Privateers shut it down
defensively.

Mitchell Puddester would get the win in this game, stopping 20 shots, while McCarthy made 20 saves as well, taking the loss.

Both teams will now head to Halifax for the East Coast IceJam, set to start on Wednesday evening.

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