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Gander Flyers defeat hometown St. Anthony Polars in female under-20 OT nail-biter


St. Anthony hosted C division tournament over the weekend

ST. ANTHONY, NL – It was a tightly-contested affair, but in the end only one team could prevail.

The Under-20 C Division provincial championship game was a nail-biter between the Gander Flyers and the St. Anthony Polars, and it came down to one goal off the stick of Flyers’ player Brooklyn Blackwood to clinch the title 5-4 in overtime.

From March 23-25, the St. Anthony Polar Centre played host to the Female Under-20 C Division provincial championship.

The hometown Polars qualified for the final with two wins and one tie in the round robin, while the Flyers qualified with two wins and a loss that came against the Polars.

Despite the round robin result, the Flyers were up to the task in the rematch.

Through the three-plus periods of the final, it was end-to-end action as both teams were evenly matched for most of the game.

The Flyers and Polars exchanged the lead at multiple points. Whenever one team got ahead, the other was quick to tie it back up.

Late in the third period with the Polars up 4-3 – their third lead of the game – the Flyers pounced on the opportunity to even the score after a scramble around the crease of Polars’ netminder Rebecca Elliott.

That goal would set up overtime and victory for the Flyers.

Earlier Sunday, the Baie Verte Sabres defeated the Springdale Bravettes in the bronze-medal game.

Four teams competed in the tournament.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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