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Apr. 27, 2014

Skinner beat Kensington Vipers goaltender Grant Grady 3:50 in to overtime on Saturday night to send the Sackville Blazers to the 2014 Don Johnson Memorial Cup championship game on Sunday.

Skinner’s overtime winning goal helped lead Sackville to a 6-5 victory over the Island Junior Hockey League champion and defending Don Johnson Memorial Cup winning Kensington Vipers in Saturday’s semifinal game. It was the second time in the tournament that the Blazers defeated the Vipers after opening the Don Johnson Memorial Cup with an 8-6 win over the PEI champs on Tuesday.

Brett Arthur scored with 4:10 left in the third period to send the game to overtime. Jonathan Boutin made 29 saves between the pipes for the Blazers.

Zachary Thomas had a goal and three assists for Sackville while Arthur had two goals. Shane Boudreau and Kyle MacDonald had the Blazers’ other tallies.

The win sets the stage for Sunday’s championship game against the Casselman Vikings. The Vikings defeated the Blazers 7-5 on Wednesday to lend the Nova Scotia champs their only loss of the tournament.

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League champion team from Casselman, ON is undefeated at the tournament thanks to a 4-2 win over the Fredericton Caps in the other semifinal.

Sunday’s championship game is at 2:00 pm at the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury. You can follow all of the action online on Bell Aliant Community One.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish the Blazers the best of luck heading in to the championship game!

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