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.