Maple Leafs take 3-2 series lead against Kings


The St. John’s Maple Leafs are a win away from capturing the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League title after taking two of three games from the Western Kings in Corner Brook over the weekend.

St. John’s downed Western 6-2 in Game 3 Friday, lost 5-3 Saturday night in Game 4, and capped its weekend with 3-2 triple-overtime victory in Game 5 on Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena.

The Leafs lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Games 6 (Saturday at 8:30 p.m.) and 7 (Sunday at 10 a.m.), the latter if necessary, set for St. John’s next weekend.

On Sunday, Andrew Barron provided the overtime heroics. Daniel Rice and Tyler Hennessey scored in regulation for the Leafs and MacKenzie Janes picked up the win in net, playing what many believe was his best hockey of the season. Scott Delaney and Ryan Gillam replied for the Kings. Luke House took the loss.

Brady Griffin-Hefford had a hat trick to lead Western on Saturday night. Brandon Sexton, Iain Pilgrim, and Robert Hicks also lit the lamp, with House collecting the victory.

Hennessey, Matthew Smith and Iain Gamba tallied for St. John’s, as Zack Gauvreau suffered the loss.

On Friday, Rice, Smith and Kyle McGrath provided all the St. John’s offense with two goals apiece. Gauvreau was in net for the win.

Jamie Penney had both goals for Western. House started and lasted two periods before giving the net over to Ian Woolfrey for the third.