It was close but yet not really competitive in another sense as the Kent County Coyotes, the defending Don Johnson Memorial Cup Champions dominated the Conception Bay Junior North Stars in the first and third periods and got away with a 5-4 win. The Koyotes outshot the North Stars 16-4 and 22-5 in the first and third periods while the North Stars outshot the Koyotes 21-15 in the middle period for aa game advantage of 47-30 Koyotes. Julien LeBlanc was a dominating force for the Koyotes scoring his team's first three goals all on the power-play while assisting on two others, the third coming after the North Stars had tied the game 2-2. Kyle Petten tied the game at 3-3 going into the third period for the Stars. Alex Ferguson scored twice in 13 seconds befoe the third period was two minutes old to put New Brunswick up 5-3. Alex Crane and Luke Akerman scored the first two second period goals for Newfoundland. Dawson Crane pulled his team to within one late in the third but despite pulling their goaltender, Newfoundland could not tie it. Cedric Bastarche almost made it 6-3 prior to Crane's goal when he hit the crossbar for New Brunswick. Kyle Petten was named player of the game for the North Stars as he stood on his head at times for the losers while to no one's surprise Julien LeBlanc was named player of the game for the Koyotes. Newfoundland Head Coach Nick Saunders said after the game, "we simply could not sustain the second period momentum we had and fell flat in the third." New Brunswick's Head Coach Mario Cormier said it helps a lot when you have 17 returning players to your line-up from last year's Atlantic Championship Team. New Brunswick swings back into action Wednesday night against the host 0-1-0 Liverpool Privateers.