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Newfoundland Senior Hockey: Breakers down Blues, will face Caribous in Eastern final

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Gander stays alive in Central series, Game 6 will be in Grand-Falls-Windsor tonight

Team captain Jeremey Nicholas scored four goals as the Southern Shore Puglisevich Breakers downed the Conception Bay Blues 6-2 Friday night, a win that puts the Breakers in Newfoundland senior hockey’s Eastern division final.

Southern Shore took the opening-round series in a full seven games. That means the Breakers will face the defending Herder Memorial Trophy provincial champion Clarenville Ford Caribous in another best-of-seven series beginning Sunday evening at the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville.

Friday, before a big crowd at the C.B.S. Arena, the Blues owned a 2-1 lead midway through the contest courtesy of two second-period goals by Kyle Tibbo, but Nicholas tied it with his second of the night and Matthew Oates scored on a power play before the middle frame was done, giving the visiting Breakers a lead they would not relinquish.

Blake Dalton had Southern Shore’s other goal.

Nicholas, whose fourth tally was an empty-netter, also had an assist for a five-point night. Oates added two assists, while Keenan Kennedy had three helpers for the winners.

Kris Hodge assisted on both of Tibbo’s goals for the Blues.

The Breakers-Caribous matchup gets underway 6 p.m. Sunday in Clarenville, with Game 2 at the Southern Shore Arena on Wednesday.

The winner of the series will advance to meet either the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts or Gander Kelly Ford Flyers in the Herder final.

The Cataracts lead the best-of-seven Central division final 3-2 heading into Game 6 tonight (7:30 p.m.) at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls-Windsor. The Flyers stayed alive with a 4-3 home-ice victory Friday in a game that saw Gander build up a 3-0 lead in the first period.

If there is to be a Game 7 in that one, it will be played 1 p.m. Sunday at the Steele Community Centre in Gander.

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