Torbay, NL: Lindon Beckwith's hat trick lead the Moncton Flyers past the St. Johns Privateers by a score of 5-1 and secured a birth in the National Championships. The Privateers came out strong in the first period and were rewarded when Clark Bishop found the back of the net just past the 5 minute mark. Nicholas Lindstrom drew the assists. Beckwith's first goal evened the score on the power play, however it was the goaltending of Nathan Armstrong that kept the Flyers in the contest through out the period as shots were 16-4 in favor of the Privateers.
Armstrong's play in the first opened the door for the New Brunswick champs in the second as they tallied 4 times in the frame. Matt Bernier got the scoring started with a short handed marker and Lindon Beckwith finished out his hat trick with 2 power play goals. Alex Bradley scored an even strength goal and Moncton went into the break with a 5-1 lead. Picking up assists for the Flyers were Shane Dallaire with 3, Bernier 2, Beckwith, Thomas Mansbridge, Stephen Johnson and Kyle Beckwith.
Moncton seemed content to put the game on lock down as they focused on defence and the Privateers couldn't get anything going on the attack. Fatigue appeared to be a factor for Newfoundland as their top guns played a ton of hockey this weekend. Nathan Armstrong made 30 saves in a winning effort and Matt Jenkins with 20 for the loss. Player of the game honors went to Lindon Beckwith and Clark Bishop.
The Moncton Flyers move on to the Telus Cup, Canada's National Hockey Championship. The tournament runs April 23-29 in Leduc, Alberta. Check Hockey Canada's website for more details.