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Sabres force game five following split in New-Wes-Valley

They’ll play another game. 

FORCING FIVE — Straight Shore Beothics’ Andrew Norris, right, battles Northeast Sabres’ Dan Kenny for the puck during the third period of Sunday’s game four, while Northeast’s Darryl Robinson looks on. The Sabres forced a game five thanks to a 5-2 win on Sunday. 

The Northeast Sabres (1st) staved off elimination with a 5-2 game-four win on Sunday over the Straight Shore Beothics (4th), which forces game five in Baie Verte on Saturday night.

The winner of that Central Newfoundland Hockey League semifinal series will play either the Twillingate Combines (2nd) or Lewisporte Seahawks (3rd). That semifinal series is also going to five games.

After losing game three 5-4 in overtime the day before at Beothic Arena, the Sabres came out strong on Sunday, scoring two goals on 12 shots to finish the opening 15 minutes ahead 2-0. Jeff Quigley scored both Sabres’ goals.

The Beothics cut the lead to 2-1 just past the five-minute mark of the second, when a Ronnie Tiller point shot beat a screened Wayne Clark. However, just seconds after Tiller put the Beothics on the board, former Straight Shore player Mitch Goodyear scored to regain the two-goal lead for the Sabres.

Moments after scoring Northeast’s third goal, Goodyear was hit from behind by Jalen Hounsell, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The Sabres were visibly upset on the bench, and got retribution with a pair of goals while on the lengthy power play. Jasper Dicks ripped a slap shot past Adam Walsh, who played games three and four in the absence of inured Ryan Bradbury, with 0.06 seconds left to give the Sabres a 4-1 lead.

Dicks scored his second power-play goal of the game early in the third, while Cory Stratton scored late for the Beothics.

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The opening period of game three was a completely different story for the Beothics, who got goals from all three Stratton brothers — Cory, Troy, and Blake — to take a 3-1 lead into the second period.

Ryan Cull scored for the Sabres.

After giving up three goals in the first, the Sabres responded with three of their own in the second. Dicks, Gerald Bursey, and Dan Kenny scored for Northeast, who took a slim 4-3 lead into the third.

The Sabres held the one-goal until the 10-minute mark, where Norris scored to tie it, and eventually send it to overtime.

Shortly in the extra frame, fresh off the excitement of tying it, Norris scored again to give the Beothics the game-three win.

mmolloy@ganderbeacon.ca

Twitter: @BeaconSports12

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