© — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star
The Western Royals’ Matthew Thomey takes a backhand shot on Cataracts goalie AJ Whiffen, as the Cats’ Luke Gallant tries to block, in Game 4 of the team’s Newfoundland Senior Hockey League best-of-five semifinal Sunday in Deer Lake. The Cats won 5-3 and advanced to the Herder Memorial Trophy final.
Grand Falls-Windsor sweep Western Royals; Caribous and Blades split, need third weekend to decide series
What a difference a day made in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) East division semifinal between the Clarenville Caribous and Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades.
After being blanked by the Blades and goalie Ryan Mior 1-0 at the Mount Pearl Glacier Saturday night, the Caribous’ offence kicked into high gear Sunday afternoon at the Clarenville Events Centre, leading the hometown team to a decisive 10-3 win, chasing Mior in the process.
The result gives Clarenville a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and has the ’Bous just a win away from a berth in the Herder Memorial Trophy provincial senior final against the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
The Cataracts downed the Western Royals 5-3 at Deer Lake’s Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex Sunday afternoon to sweep West division final in four straight games.
Clarenville 10, Blades 3 (Sunday)
At the CEC, Ryan Delaney, Brad Crann and Kenny Mahoney each had two goals for the winners, while Keith Delaney, Andrew Sweetland, Dustin Russell and Ryan Desrosiers, the latter on a penalty shot, also scored for Clarenville.
Crann added two assists, while Mitchell Oake also had a four-point game with a quartet of helpers.
Blake Gallagher, Chris Mooney and Mark Roebothan replied for Mount Pearl.
Mior, who stopped all 23 shots for the shutout Saturday, was replaced by Doug Jewer after giving up the Caribous’ sixth goal late in the second period.
Jason Churchill went the distance between the pipes for Clarenville.
Game 5 of the series will be played Friday night in Clarenville, with Game 6, if necessary, next Saturday in Mount Pearl. If the semifinal requires a seventh a deciding game, it would go next Sunday at the CEC.
Cataracts 5, Royals 3 (Sunday)
At the Hodder Complex, league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor got goals from Brandon Nicholas, Rob Hennigar, Brandon Bussey, Brad Lewis and Rodi Short to finish off the Royals.
Michael Hynes, Matthew Thomey and Andrew Smith scored for the Royals the day after they suffered a tough 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3.
Blades 1, Caribous 0 (Saturday)
At the Glacier, Ryan Graham scored the game’s only goal midway through the third period and Mior made it stand up for a Mount Pearl win.
Steven Yetman and Gallagher set up Graham for tally that came on one of only five power-plays awarded in the game — all on interference penalties.
It was the only one of 27 shots to get by Churchill.
Cataracts 3, Royals 2 (OT) (Saturday)
At the Hodder Complex, Grand Falls-Windsor tied the game on a goal with 42 seconds remaining in regulation and then got the overtime winner from Hennigar, the league’s top scorer in the regular season.
The Royals looked like they might have earned a win after taking a 2-1 lead on Adam Guy’s goal with 1:17 left in the third, only to have Andrew Brennan of the Cats tie the score 35 seconds late.
Luke Gallant of the Cats and Matthew Thomey of Western scored the game’s other goals.
The two netminders were good — and busy — as A.J. Whiffen of the Cataracts and Bryan Gillis of the Royals each faced 47 shots.