Tigers Secure Second

The Tigers extended their winning streak Friday night by downing the Rapids 4-1 in Grand Falls. Scoring for Campbellton were Dylan Coffey, Mitch Britton with the winner, Brendan Bornstein and Maxime Charest. Assists went to Dawson Stairs, Pascal Valcourt and Joel Walker. Tristan Gray, who got the nod for the game’s first star, stopped thirty-three shots for the win. Coffey was second star while Rapids’ goalie, Andrew Rose was third star.

The next evening the Tigers put together a 4-2 win over the St.Stephen Aces here at the Memorial Civic Center. Ethan Stuckless gave the Aces the lead just past the halfway mark of the first period but that lasted less than three minutes. With the Tigers on the powerplay, Brendan Bornstein ripped a shot over the shoulder of Joey May in the Aces net to tie it. In the second period, all the scoring was handled by the game’s first star, Matt Warner who banged a pair of markers, including the winner, into the Aces’ net. St. Stephen pushed back early in the third to cut their deficit to one but a breakaway goal by the game`s second star, Zach Spencer reestablished the Tigers’ two goal cushion which lasted to the final whistle. Assists went to Pascal Valcourt plus Mitch Britton, Dylan Coffey and Charles-William Gagné with two each, Marc-Antoine Berube-Jalbert stopped twenty-nine shots for the win. The victory assured a second place finish for Campbellton!

With the end of the regular season less than a fortnight away, the playoff situation has started to take shape, but just barely. In both the North and South Divisions, situations exist which offer up many different possible matchings in the first round. In the South, Yarmouth and Amherst are still playing for first place bragging rights while Truro, South Shore and Pictou County are still battling not to be eliminated from the playoff scene. In the North, the situation is far less undecided with the top three positions set. Still to be determined is the fourth place team who will get to tackle Summerside. The front runners for that position are St. Stephen and Miramichi who have been leapfrogging each other but Grand Falls, with a few games in hand, still has an outside chance. The only certain match-up is the Tiger-Blizzard meeting in the first round with Campbellton having the home ice advantage.