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Huge win for New Brunswick with a chance now at first place

     
Newfoundland eliminated from playoff round after losing 7-2 to NB. The Conception Bay South Renegades have become the first team to be eliminated at the 2019 Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Kensington, Prince Edward Island after their 7-2 loss to the Moncton Vitos from New Brunswick in the opening game of the final day of round-robin play.  Only one other team can go 1-3-0 at this point and they are the host Kensington Vipers if they should lose to the Vitos in tonight final round-robin game of the tournament.  However, since the Vipers defeated Newfoundland 5-4 earlier in the week, it would give the Vipers at least fourth place ahead of the Renegades. In today’s game, observers were wondering what might happen after the Renegades explosive seven goal third period when they defeated the Western Red Wings from P.E.I. yesterday afternoon.  Observers did not have to wait long as New Brunswick broke out with four goals shortly after Tyler Hennesy had the best scoring chance for the Renegades when he blasted a shot from inside the blue line which rang off New Brunswick goaltender Julien Landry’s mask.  Remi Theriault had a four point afternoon scoring twice, one of them the first goal of the game while adding two assists to now give him 5 points in the tournament in three games.  Chris Dunham put the Vitos up 2-0 on a great play as he picked the puck up after it had bounced over a Newfoundland stick in the New Brunswick end and streaked down the left side before crossing over at the last second and letting a hard wrist shot go beating Jordan Blackwood in the Renegades net high to the left side.  Brock McEwan put the Vitos up 3-0 after tipping in a shot from the blue line from Louis-Joseph Vachon.  New Brunswick then went up by four goals in a bang-bang play in front of the Newfoundland net as Jeremy LeBlanc put the puck home.
 
The second period stayed 4-0 until a shot from the point drew Blackwood out of his net and allowed Johnny Chambers to shoot into a wide open net as Blackwood played sprawled out on the ice.  With New Brunswick up 5-0, the Renegades scored their first goal of the game as Ryan Day streaked down the ice and let a wrist shot go from 15 feet out that beat Landry in the Vitos net high to his left side.  Jordan Blackwood in the Newfoundland net connected for his 2nd assist of the tournament on Day’s goal.  In the third period, both Remi Theriault and Chris Dunham registered their second goals of the afternoon and Ryan Day did likewise for the Renegades.  If Kensington could defeat New Brunswick in regulation and the Sackville-Western Red Wings game is decided in regulation, it would put the winner of the Blazers-Wings in first place with a 3-1-0 record and the three other teams tied at 2-2-0 with tie breaking formulas then being required to decide final placings.

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