Road to the 2018 Esso Cup: Atlantic Regional
Will the Ice Breakers, Wildcats, Lightning, Selects or Warriors earn the short trip to Bridgewater?
Jason La Rose
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March 29, 2018
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There is a changing of the guard of sorts in Atlantic Canada; for the first time since the Esso Cup debuted in 2009, neither Metro Boston Pizza nor the Moncton Rockets will compete for the regional championship. The teams had combined for six of the first nine Atlantic titles, and had met five times in the final.

The field of five includes two previous champions – the Mid-Isle Wildcats are back looking to defend their 2017 crown, while the Northern Lightning (then known as the Stars) were the first Atlantic titlists in 2009 – and two other teams have regional experience (the Northern Selects return for the second year in a row, and the Western Warriors are in for a seventh time). Only the host Eastern Ice Breakers are Atlantic newbies.

The four provincial champions will bring plenty of postseason success to Mount Pearl, N.L. – the Wildcats, Lightning, Selects and Warriors went a combined 18-2 to advance to Atlantics, outscoring opponents 100-37.

RECENT CHAMPIONS (ESSO CUP FINISH)
2017 – Mid-Isle Wildcats (sixth place)
2016 – Metro Boston Pizza (sixth place)
2015 – Moncton Rockets (sixth place)
2014 – Moncton Rockets (sixth place)
2013 – Metro Boston Pizza (sixth place)

EASTERN ICE BREAKERS
HOST

Regular season record: 10-5-0 (2nd in HNL)
Goals for: unavailable
Goals against: unavailable
Leading scorer: unavailable

Playoff record: 2-2
Goals for: 10
Goals against: 10
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE ATLANTIC REGIONA
Semifinal: defeated Tri-Pen 2-0 (3-2, 4-1)
HNL championship: lost to Western 2-0 (2-4, 1-3)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

MID-ISLE WILDCATS
PEIFMAAAHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 15-5-4 (1st in PEIFMAAAHL)
Goals for: 65
Goals against: 35
Leading scorer: unavailable

Playoff record: 6-1
Goals for: 23
Goals against: 11
Leading scorers: unavailable

ROAD TO THE ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Semifinal: defeated Central 3-0 (6-2, 6-1, 3-2)
PEIFMAAAHL championship: defeated Kings County 3-1 (1-2, 2-1 2OT, 4-3 OT, 1-0)

Last national championship appearance: 2017 (sixth place)
Total national championship appearances: 1 (2017)

NORTHERN LIGHTNING
NEW BRUNSWICK CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 12-10-2 (5th in NSFMHL)
Goals for: 92
Goals against: 83
Leading scorer: Erica Plourde (43G 18A 61P)

Playoff record: 2-1
Goals for: 14
Goals against: 11
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Preliminary round: 1-1 (second place) (lost to Moncton 6-2, defeated Fundy 6-1)
N.B. championship game: defeated Moncton 6-4

Last national championship appearance: 2009 (fifth place)
Total national championship appearances: 1 (2009)

NORTHERN SELECTS
NOVA SCOTIA CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 18-2-3 (1st in NSFMHL)
Goals for: 116
Goals against: 45
Leading scorer: K.J. Emery (17G 12A 29P)

Playoff record: 6-0
Goals for: 35
Goals against: 10
Leading scorer: Kara MacLean (6G 5A 11P)

ROAD TO THE ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Semifinal: defeated East Hants 3-0 (12-2, 7-4, 4-0)
Nova Scotia championship: defeated Cape Breton 3-0 (4-1, 4-3, 4-0)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

WESTERN WARRIORS
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 14-1-0 (1st in HNL)
Goals for: unavailable
Goals against: unavailable
Leading scorer: unavailable

Playoff record: 4-0
Goals for: 28
Goals against: 5
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Semifinal: defeated Central 2-0 (11-2, 10-0)
HNL championship: defeated Eastern 2-0 (4-2, 3-1)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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