NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up Challenge Cup Aug 20 - 21 /16

Mount Pearl : 1  vs  Holy Cross : 0


Mount Pearl Clinches 2nd in Standings  

After Challenge Cup weekend action the final placings are in order. Again, to no one's surprise Holy Cross clinched  first. Maybe the biggest surprise of the season is Mount Pearl placing 2nd. But you have to hand it to them. On Saturday Mount Pearl beat the "Big Red Machine" by a score of 1 -0. This was a stunning victory for Mount Pearl. Holy Cross  were huge favorites going into the game. They had 1st place sewed up and they were riding a 19 game undefeated record.  However, despite all of this, Mount Pearl managed to pull off the biggest upset of the season. The large number of fans, whom I spoke with at the field, chatted to me about what they were witnessing.
Mount Pearl's victory secured them  2nd place. Holy Cross will have a rematch against Mount Pearl in the leagues final regular scheduled game which is to be played on Wednesday night. Despite the final game, the final seeding are now set in stone. This sets the stage for the Play-offs on Labor Day Weekend. Holy Cross will again be forced to tangle with Mount Pearl in the 1v2 play-offs in St. Lawrence. The Laurentians will battle it out against the 4th place Feildians. What drama will this further create?
St. Lawrence places 3rd 
In St. Lawrence this weekend the  Laurentians defeated Corner Brook twice. It was 3-0 on Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday. The biggest happening here was Stefan Slaney scored a total of three more goals  putting him at 22 on the season, 4 ahead of Tyler Forsey. However, Forsey has one more game remaining, MP at HC,  and one may never know what could happen.

2016 Challenge Cup Standings
Games Played

Losses Ties    Goals For      

Goals Against
+/- Points
Holy Cross Kirby Group       21   15     2   4    58     18 +40    49
Mount Pearl First Choice Haircutters       21   14     4   3    45     19 +26    45
St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians       22   13     5   4    53     18 +35    43
Feildians       22   12     7   3    46     30 +16    39
Steers Insurance Corner Brook United       22    2    16   4    21     58 -37    10
CBS That Pro Look Strikers FC       22    0    19   3     7     75 -68     3
NL Canada Games Gerry O'Brien Financial       12    3     6   3    15     27 -12    12*
* Canada Games Team playing on exhibition basis only

Challenge Cup Scoring Leaders

Player Team Goals
Stefan Slaney St. Lawrence 22
Tyler Forsey Mount Pearl 18
Zach Hynes Feildians 11
Zach Wade Holy Cross 9
Aaron Buckingham Feildians 8
Jake Warren Holy Cross 8
Mitchell Barry NL Canada Games/Mount Pearl 8
Logan McIsaac Corner Brook 7
Tyler Kirby Holy Cross 7

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