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Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: NLMMHL

The East Coast Blizzard went down to the wire, sweeping the final weekend to leap-frog St. John’s and top the NLMMHL

Jason La Rose
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February 13, 2019
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The East Coast Blizzard went down to the wire to clinch first place in the NLMMHL, sweeping the St. John’s Maple Leafs on the final weekend to finish with a three-point cushion atop the standings. The Blizzard came out of the gate strong, winning 10 of their first 11 games, and posted nine victories in its final 12 to take top spot. The offence was good, with Nathan Kelly (second in the league with 14-24—38) leading the way, but it was the defence that excelled – Andrew d’Entremont fashioned a 13-2 record with a league-leading 1.67 GAA and .945 save percentage.

PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
1) East Coast Blizzard vs. 4) Tri Pen Osprey
2) St. John’s Maple Leafs vs. 3) Western Kings

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
East Coast – 44 points (22-10-0)
St. John’s – 41 points (20-11-1)
Western – 25 points (12-19-1)
Tri Pen – 23 points (10-19-3)

LEADING SCORERS
Luke Akerman (Tri Pen) – 27G 22A 49P
Regan Seymour (St. John’s) – 15G 23A 38P
Nathan Kelly (East Coast) – 14G 24A 38P
Mark Rumsey (Tri Pen) – 15G 15A 30P
Brandon Knight (St. John’s) – 16G 12A 28P

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2011 (St. John’s Privateers – sixth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (since 1984)
8 (1986, 1989 (host), 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 (host))

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: bronze medal – St. John’s Maple Leafs, 2003; St. John’s Fog Devils, 2010)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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