The defending Atlantic Junior Hockey Champions, the Kent Koyotes from New Brunswick and the host Liverpool Privateers played the game of ther lives Wednesday night in Liverpool at the 2023 Don Johnson Memorial Cup Championship in Liverpool with the Koyotes emerging 4-1 winners. The game was 2-1 New Brunswick until the latter stages of the third.
The Privateers Riley Hurlburt will be seeing pucks in his sleep likely for days after he missed on two breakaways and an attempt all alone in front of the Koyotes net. To make matters more difficult, Alec Howie rang two shots off the goal post in the final 35 seconds while the Privateers were playing with a two man advantage after pulling Aidan Dunrford and being on the power-play. Liverpool outshot New Brunswick 37-31 including 20-12 in an unfathomable of excitement throughout the second period. Julien LeBlanc and Jeremie Caissie scored first period goals for the Koyotes and Joe Osborne tallied for the Privateers. That was all the scoring until the final part of the third period when Josha Breault snapped a wrist shot from 15 feet out which eluded Durnford. Miguel Poirier added an empty net goal for the Koyotes.
New Brunswick will play Antigonish Thursday afternoon and can put themselves in the driver's seat for a playoff berth on the weekend as they would improve to 3-0-0 with a win over the Jr. Bulldogs who are currently 1-1-0.
PEI 4 Antigonish 2
The Bulldogs Will Fitzsimmons opened the game's scoring early before the period was two minutes old on a deflection but Brett Ballum's shot from the point tied the game at 1-1 after twenty minutes. Kensington went up 3-1 after two periods on goals from Brent Ballum and Duncan Picketts. Noah Visser in the PEI nets made a sensational save as he stopped Sam Grant and Will Mierau on a 2 on 1. Ballum's second goal off the game in the second saw him score after the Bulldogs left him with an incredible amount of time all alone controlling the puck around the Antigonish net. Picketts then scored short-handed for the Island. Zachary Lorette brought the Bulldogs back to within 3-2 in the third before Picketts scored an empty netter for the Island.