Despite an earlier 6-3 win over the Moncton Vitos in round-robin play, the AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs could not come up with a second win over the Vitos and as a result their 2021-2022 Hockey Season is now over following a 5-1 loss to the Vitos in a Don Johnson Memorial Cup semi-final playoff game Saturday night in Cocagne, New Brunswick. The Vitos will now be looking for their 3rd Don Johnson Memorial Cup since 2010 when they face-off against the Kent Coyotes in an All New Brunswick Atlantic Championship Game Sunday afternoon.
Saturday evening the Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after forty minutes before Ben MacLellan scored the Jr. Bulldogs only goal of the game in the third period. The Vitos later added an empty net goal to make the final 5-1. Antigonish did outshoot the Vitos 32-29 including 12-5 in the third but they could only come up with the one goal through 60 minutes. The Kent Coyotes squeaked by the Mt. Pearl Jr. Blades 2-1 in the first semi-final Saturday afternoon. The winner of the Moncton-Kent game Sunday will gove New Brunswick their fourth Don Johnson Memorial Cup in the past eleven years. Nova Scotia has won it three times in that same 11-year span with the Cumberland County Blues winning in 2010, the Valley Maple Leafs in 2016 and the Membertou Jr. Miners in 2018.
The 2023 Don Johnson Memorial Cup will be played at the Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool.
It was an unfortunate setback for the AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs at 2022 Don Johnson Memorial Cup in New Brunswick Friday as they suffered back to back to back losses to finish 2-2-0-0 for 6 points in the four game round-robin but the 6 points enabled them to make it to the playoff round where they will square off against the 3-1-0 Moncton Vitos Saturday night at 7:00 in the second of two semi-final games. With a win the Jr. Bulldogs advance to the Atlantic Championship Final Sunday afternoon.
The Jr. Bulldogs suffered their first setback in a 12:00 noon start Friday as they took a 1-0 lead over the Kent Coyotes after twenty minutes but it was all the scoring Antigonish could do as the Coyotes came back to take a 2-1 lead after forty minutes and add two more in the third to win 4-1. Kent outshot Antigonish 49-26 including 20-6 in the first period and 20-8 in the second period before Antigonish slowed them down somewhat in the third and outshot the host team 12-9.
In Friday’s 2nd game of the day, the Sherwood-Parkdale Metros from Prince Edward Island defeated the Bulldogs 4-1. The Metros wee leading 1-0 after the first period before they struck early in the second to go up 2-0. Jake MacDonald then tallied for the Bulldogs with 6:)6 having been played in the middle period before the Metros scored on the power-play with 47 seconds left in the third period to win it 4-1. Antigonish outshot the Prince Edward Island Provincial Champions 41-27 but could not buy a goal during key stretches of the game.
The Jr. Bulldogs garnered their first win of the tournament Wednesday when they doubled up the Moncton Vitos 6-3 but it turned out to be the Vitos only loss of the round-robin. The other semi-final Saturday afternoon pits the Mount Pearl Jr. Blades against Kent. PEI missed the playoffs despite having a better record than Mt. Pearl but the Don Johnson Website provides absolutely no explanation as to what error resulted in Mt. Pearl advancing and PEI missing out. The winners of the two Saturday semi-finals clash for the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Sunday afternoon.
Two huge games Friday for the AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs at the 2022 Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Cocagne, New Brunswick. At 12:00 noon Friday, the Bulldogs square off against the Sherwood-Parkdale Metros, PEI Provincial Champions and at 7:30 tonight play the host Kent Coyotes.
Thursday afternoon, the Jr. Bulldogs put an exceptionally solid performance blanking Newfoundland Provincial Champions the Mount Pearl Blades by a count of 4-0. Jake MacDonald put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 with his goal with only 47 seconds left in the opening period. In the second Sam Mattie scored his 3rd and 4th goals of the tournament, the first with 3:05 to play in the second and the second with 1:00 to play in the middle period. Craig Landry then put the Jr. Bulldogs up 4-0 with his goal with only 12 seconds to play in the second. There was no scoring in the third period with the win putting the Bulldogs in first place with 6 points as each win in regulation is worth 3 points. Mt. Pearl outshot Antigonish 33-28 including 18-10 and 11-8 in the first and second periods. PEI and Nfld remain tied for 2nd place with 3 points but they had late games being played Thursday. This page will be updated Friday morning. Ryan MacLellan has collected five assists for the Bulldogs in their two games to date.
In the Bulldogs opening game of the tournament Wednesday evening, they doubled up NB Champions the Moncton Vitos 6-3. The Bulldogs went in front 3-0 on goals from Jordan Etheridge, William Fitzsimmons and Ethan Twolan but with 8:43 gone in the third period, the Vitos had tied the game at 3-3 before the Jr. Bulldogs put it fourth gear scoring 3 times in the games final 3:17, two of them coming off the stick of Sam Mattie and the other an empty netter by Darren Waterman. The teams were tied in shots on goal at 32-32.
The AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs will be playing in the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Cocagne, New Brunswick beginning at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday April 27 when they play their tournament opening game against the Moncton Vitos. The Jr. Bulldogs advanced after winning the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship in Lantz Saturday night in thrilling fashion with a 4-2 win over the East Hants Penguins.
The Jr. Bulldogs struck for a pair of goals in the dying stages of the opening period, the first from Ryan MacLellan and the 2nd from Luke Baldwin. MacLellan’s goal coming with 2:46 to play and Baldwin’s with 1:34 to play in the opening frame. Brody Fraser tried to bring the Penguins back when he scored 49 seconds into the middle period but it stated 2-1 until there was 1:04 left in the second when Sam Mattie did significant damage as he scored a short-handed goal which stood up to be the game winner and gave the Jr. bulldogs a 3-1 lead entering the third period. The score stayed 3-1 until there were under five minutes to play in regulation when Brody Fraser added his second of the game for the Penguins to make it 3-2. East Hants fought hard but could not come yup with the tying goal and with 10 seconds to play, Sam Mattie replied for the Bulldogs to give them their first Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship since 2006. Antigonish outshot the Penguins 48-39. Fearghus MacDonald after winning the 21-22 Regular season scoring championship, collected two assists Saturday in the Championship win but still ended up in third place in the Playoff scoring race, finishing 2 points back of Andrew McCarron of the Membertou Jr. Miners and one point behind Blake Cox of the Jr. Miners. McCarron collected 27 points, Cox 26 and MacDonald 25.
The Jr. Bulldogs will enter the Don Johnson Cup and face 2 New Brunswick teams along with the Newfoundland Jr. League Champions the Mt. Pearl Blades and the Prince Edward Island Jr. Champions the Sherwood-Parkdale A&S Scrap Metal Metros.
After their 4:00 game Wednesday, the Jr. Bulldogs will square off with the Mt. Pearl Jr. Blades at 12:00 noon on Thursday and then on Friday will play a pair of games at 12:00 noon against PEI’S Sherwood-Parkdale and Friday evening at 7:30 against the host Kent Coyotes. The top 4 teams from the round robin will meet in the semi-finals Saturday afternoon and evening and the Atlantic Championship Game will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The Jr. Bulldogs will be aiming for their first Don Johnson Cup since they won it in back to back years in 1982-83 and 1983-84.
The AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs are now a single win away from the 2021-22 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship following their 2-1 win over East Hants Easter Sunday evening in Antigonish. It was a tight-checking affair with both teams giving each other limited mobility to get in a groove with numerous scoring chances. The teams were scoreless after one period and almost scoreless after two periods before the teams traded goals in the final 30 seconds with Devin Meagher giving East Hants a 1-0 lead before Ethan Price tied it for the Jr. Bulldogs five seconds later. The Jr. Bulldogs who were assessed six of the game’s eight minor penalties played two men short for 21 seconds in the second but the Penguins could not connect on this golden scoring opportunity. The line of Fearghus MacDonald, Sam Mattie and Jake MacDonald connected for the winning goal with 10:02 left in regulation with MacDonald scoring the game winner. The 3 points gave the line an impressive 60 combined points in 17 playoff games. Antigonish outshot the Penguins 30-28. Game 6 and who knows, it could be the final game of this Junior Season in Nova Scotia goes Saturday night in Lantz at 7:30 and if a 7th and deciding game is necessary, it will go back to Antigonish the following evening Sunday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. After 3 games in 4 nights over the Easter Holiday, the break this week should be good for both teams as the winner of this series will have only a maximum 2-3 days before their opening game in the 2022 Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Cocagne, New Brunswick scheduled for Wednesday April 27.
Devin Meagher’s two goals in a span of 39 seconds in the final half of the third period broke open a wide-open 2-2 game and enabled the Penguins to tie the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship Series at 2-2 with the AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs in Lantz Friday evening. The two teams now head back to Antigonish for Game 5 Easter Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. From a fairly solid-checking game and a 2-0 Bulldogs win Thursday night, the Pens outshot Antigonish 58-56 Friday night and after allowing no goals Thursday, Cody MacEachern was beaten for 6 Friday. The Pens held a 1-0 lead after the opening period on the first of two goals from Nico Kane with only 2:23 left to go in the opening frame. In the second, Jake MacDonald tied it for the Jr. Bulldogs with 5:43 having been played but Kane then scored his second of the game to put the Pens in front 2-1. With less than four minutes to play in the middle period, Sam Grant tied it once again for Antigonish.
The third period then started and there was no scoring through the opening ten minutes before Meagher struck with his pair and Robbie Dowell and Brody Fraser followed up with goals in the final 6 minutes to give the Pens their 6-2 win. One thing is for sure and that is we are now guaranteed a 6th game in this Championship series Saturday April 23 in Lantz.