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Comets capture HTJHL crown

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/23/2016 7:46 AM

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The Lorette Comets are the 2015-16 Hanover Tache Junior Hockey league champions.

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The Lorette Comets are the 2015-16 Hanover Tache Junior Hockey league champions.

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The Lorette Comets captured the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League championship Tuesday night at a packed house at Oakbank as the Comets edged the Spingfield Xtreme in a 2-1 thriller.

Lorette wins the best of seven championship series 4-2. It is the eighth HTJHL championship for the Comets, but the first since the 2009-10 season. The Xtreme were seeking their first HTJHL crown.

In a tight, defensive struggle, the Comets took a 1-0 lead in the first as Kevin Martin scored midway through the opening frame.

The teams battled through the next 30 minutes and the Comets still clung to a 1-0 lead after two periods. Then, with the fans still filing back into the arena after the second intermission, the hometown Xtreme tied it just 24 seconds into the third on a Curtis Metzler goal.

Travis Victor scored the winning goal for the Comets with nine minutes remaining in the third and the Comets went into a defensive shell, shutting the door on the Xtreme in the final minutes to preserve their championship victory.

Travis Bonnefoy was superb in net for the Comets as he made 26 saves while Zack Blank stopped 18 for the Xtreme.

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