IcePak send defending champion Kings packing in five games

Dave Kearsey
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The Central IcePak didn’t waste any time showing why they were the top major midget hockey club in the province this year.

Nick Fitzgerald scored two goals to lead the league champion IcePak to a 7-5 win over the Colemans Western Kings in Game 5 of a best-of-seven final Sunday at the Pepsi Centre.

The IcePak came into enemy territory with the series tied at one game apiece, but despite a gallant effort from the defending champions, three straight wins catapulted the central squad to the top.

Jared Lush, Josh Fitzgerald, Mike Mason, Kyle Champion and Jordan Maher also scored for the champs in Sunday’s clinching game in the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League final affair.

Tommy Ryan had a goal and two helpers for the Kings Sunday afternoon, while single markers came off the sticks of Shannon Moores, Jordan Richards, Brady Griffin-Hefford and Derian Gould.

On Saturday night, Adam Dawe wowed the capacity crowd at the Kinsmen Arena II with a two-goal game as the IcePak put the Kings on the brink of elimination with a 5-3 victory in Game 4.

League scoring champion Jordan Maher banged home two goals for the central squad, while Kyle Champion scored the other goal for the winning side.

Ryan Gillam, Tommy Ryan and Jalen Gillard replied for the Kings.

The IcePak opened the road trip with a 1-0 victory in Game 3 Friday night with Mike Mason scoring the game’s only goal at 17:33 of the second stanza with Cody Abbott picking up the only assist.

Organizations: Kings, Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League

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