Kings enter major midget hockey playoff run in winning fashion

Dave Kearsey
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CORNER BROOK  The Colemans Western Kings won three out of four games at the year-end tournament over the weekend to set the tone for a first-round playoff date with the St. John’s Maple Leafs.

The Kings finished third overall in the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League after posting three wins at the Lewisporte Stadium as the regular season came to a close Monday.

The defending champions wrapped up the road trip with a 3-1 record after shading the top-seed Central Ice Pak 5-3 Monday morning at Lewisporte Stadium.

Nathan Ellsworth was the top gun for the Kings with two goals and two assists.

Lucas McKay, Jordan Richards and Luke Parsons also scored for the Kings, who had Ian Woolfrey between the pipes for all four games as Luke House nurses an undisclosed injury.

Josh Fitzgerald had a two-goal outing for the Ice Pak, while Jordan Freake scored the other goal in a losing effort.

The Kings will clash with the second-seeded St. John’s Maple Leafs in a best-of-seven semifinal affair that gets underway Feb. 15 in St. John’s. The other semifinal series, featuring the Ice Pak and fourth-seed Tri-Pen Osprey, will get underway Feb. 15 at the Lewisporte Stadium.

The following is a look at how things unfolded for the Kings in its other three games at the year-end tournament in Lewisporte:

Western Kings 8, St. John’s Maple Leafs 4

In a preview of what’s to come in the first round, Jordan King and Shannon Moores had five points apiece as the western boys dominated its first-round opponent in its opening game of the tournament Saturday morning.

King had two goals and three helpers to share the spotlight, while Moores had one goal and provided the spadework on three goals.

Luke Parsons, Brady Griffin-Hefford, Lucas McKay, Jordan Richards and Nathan Ellsworth rounded out the scoring parade as the Kings continue to get scoring by committee down the stretch.

Andrew Paul (2), Matthew Smith and Adam Caines replied for the Maple Leafs.

Western Kings 10, St. John’s Privateers 3

Jordan King did his talking on the ice with a two-goal game as the Kings dumped the Privateers, a former powerhouse who will be watching the playoffs from the sidelines this team as only four teams in the five-team league advance to the post-season run.

Ryan Gillam, Nathan Ellsworth, Mike Lundrigan, Jordan Richards, Iain Pilgrim, Jalen Gillard, Luke Parsons and Tommy Ryan also scored for the Kings Sunday morning in Lewisporte.

Jesse Sutton, Adam Nolan and Justin Broaders scored for the Privateers.

Tri-Pen Osprey 6, Western Kings 3

Conal McNamara and Nathaniel Duffett scored two goals apiece to lead the Osprey to a huge victory in the quest to secure the fourth and final playoff berth and a showdown with the top-seeded Ice Pak.

Ryan Dawson and Adam Oates also scored for the Osprey.

Jordan Richards had all three goals for the Kings, while linemate Jordan King was credited with an assist on the trio of goals scored by the team’s captain.

Organizations: Kings, Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League, Luke House Maple Leafs Maple Leafs.Western Kings 10 Privateers.Tri-Pen Osprey 6

Geographic location: Lewisporte Stadium

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