St. Anthony champions in Midget E hockey

Polars win a thriller over Caribous


Published on April 20, 2017

The Polars poured out onto the ice to celebrate the victory.

©Stephen Roberts photo

St. Anthony, NL. – The St. Anthony Polars are the Provincial Midget E Champions. And they won it in a nail biter.

Down 2-1 in the third period, the Clarenville Caribous were pressing hard, right up to the final minute, and the hometown Polars were back on their heals.
Lucky for the latter, the young man between the pipes was more than up to the task. Goaltender Tyler Decker was almost perfect in net, stopping 30 of 31 shots to lead his team to victory. He was later named Player of the Game.
With less than a minute left, Jordan Badcock sealed the game for the Polars with an empty net goal. The crowd and the bench erupted in jubilation at the Polar Centre.
It was over. Despite, the late push, there was no come back for the Caribous. The hometown team held on for the 3-1 victory.
As the clock ticked down, the bench could barely contain itself. As the clock reached zero, the young players poured onto the ice to celebrate the tense victory.
The final was the second time Clarenville and St. Anthony played each other in the tournament. Both teams had 4-1 records entering the championship game, but St. Anthony was something of the underdog having lost the round robin match against Clarenville 6-1.
This time they were hoping to fair better. And they did.
In the beginning, it appeared the rematch was heading in a similar direction as their, first encounter. The Caribous were outshooting the Polars and they scored the opening goal early in the first period off the stick of Luke Quinlan. The sizeable section of Clarenville fans in attendance was thrilled.
But, the Polars responded quickly. Captain Sam Woodford tied it before the end of the first frame.
The second period was tighter, with the Polars controlling more and more of the play. Eventually, they benefitted as assistant captain Dylan Troy put one behind the Caribous' keeper. They never looked back from there, that goal holding up as the game-winner.
The Caribous pressed more in the third period, desperate to find some kind of answer. The tension was palpable in the packed stadium as the Caribous poured it on. They would outshoot the Polars 31-20 in the end, but Decker held the fort for the Polars.