© â€” Photo byâ€ˆRhonda Hayward/The Telegram
The Mount Pearl Bladesâ€™ Blake Gallagher (front) backhands a pass behind Gander Flyersâ€™ forward Grant Donovan during the teamsâ€™ Newfoundland Senior Hockeyâ€ˆLeague game Sunday afternoon at the Glacier.â€ˆThe Flyers won 5-3.
All six NLSHL teams collect a victory â€” and a loss â€” in weekend of series splits
It was payback all around in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) on Sunday.
The weekend NLSHL schedule consisted two-game series in Deer Lake, Clarenville and Mount Pearl. In each case, the loser of Saturday's contest rebounded for a win in a Sunday afternoon rematch.
The most notable result Sunday came at the Hodder Complex in Deer Lake, where the Western Royals scored four unanswered goals in the third period to down the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 6-3, handing the league-leading Cats just their second loss of the season. On Saturday, Grand Falls had edged Western 3-2 in a shootout.
Meanwhile, at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, the Gander Flyers beat the HJ Bartlett Electric Blades 5-3 the day after the Blades had come away with a 6-5 shootout victory. And at the Clarenville Events Centre, the homestanding Caribous lambasted the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars 9-2 Sunday to get revenge for a 3-1 loss Saturday night,
Royals 6, Cataracts 3
At Deer Lake, Western (7-3-2) got the winning goal midway through the third period when defenceman Stephen Simms scored on a five-on-three power play, then survived its own penalty scare later in the period and added empty-net goals by Chris Peach and Matthew Thomey to seal the win.
Grand Falls (10-2-0) led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Andre Gill, and 3-2 after 40 minutes courtesy of a tally by Cam Fergus.
Peach and Ryan Penney had put the Royals on the board in the middle frame and Western's Scott Doody tied the score at 3-3 early in the third, setting the stage for the complete comeback.
The Cataracts had a great chance to tie the game at 4-4 on a power play with about three minutes left, but had a shot ring off the post and out of play.
Grand Falls import centre Rob Hennigar, the league's leading scorer, drew an assist on one of Gill's goals, giving him at least point in all of his team's 12 games this season.
Flyers 5, Blades 3
At Mount Pearl, Sean Wadden, Chad Locke and Peter Campbell each had a goal and an assist for Gander (3-6-3), while Grant Donovan and Matt Quinn also chipped in with markers for the visiting Flyers.
Robert Barrett, Ryan Graham and Mark Roebothan replied for the Blades (6-6-0), who were outshot 39-28 and couldn't overcome a 4-0 lead the visitors had built up the second period.
Patty O'Brien was between the pipes for Gander, while Marek Benda started for Mount Pearl, but was replaced by Ryan Mior midway through the second period after having given up four goals on 18 shots.
Caribous 9, CeeBees 2
At Clarenville, Terry Ryan and Andrew Sweetland each scored twice to help the Caribous (6-3-3) end a three-game losing ski.
Sweetland added an assist for a three-point game. Martin Lapointe had three helpers for Clarenville.
Mike Halitzki, Ryan Desrosiers, Dale Sullivan, Keith Delaney and Kenny Mahoney also scored for the winners, while Nick Theriault and Ray Dalton had the goals for C.B.N. (4-8-0)
Grand Falls-Windsor 3, Western 2 (SO)
Andrew Brennan scored the shootout winners for the Cataracts, who got regulation-time goals from Andrew Pearcey and Luke Gallant.
Brian Barker and Doody scored 20 seconds apart late in the first period to give Western a 2-1 lead, but Gallant's goal midway through the second period knotted things up for the Cats and would stand as the only scoring until the shootout rounds.
Grand Falls fired 44 shots at Western netminder Bryan Gillis. A. J. Whiffen made 30 saves for the Cataracts.
Mount Pearl 6, Gander 5 (SO)
At the Glacier, the Blades won, although the Flyers did earn their first road point this season.
Chris Mooney had the deciding goal in the shootout and also scored in regulation for Mount Pearl. Graham, Steven Yetman and brothers Mark and Paul Roebothan also tallied for the home side.
Chad Locke scored twice for Gander, including a third-period marker that tied the game 5-5 and forced an overtime period that solved nothing.
Doug Hardiman, Campbell and Wadden also tallied in regulation for Gander, which moved out of the basement, one point ahead of the CeeBee Stars.
C.B.N. 3, Clarenville 1
At the Clarenville Events Centres, the Caribous outshot the CeeBees 46-32, but it was the visitors who prevailed behind the goaltending of import Joey Perricone.
Mitchell Bragg, Jordan Escott and Doug O'Brien had the goals for C.B.N.
Desrosiers had opened the scoring for Clarenville.
Friday, Dec. 13
Mount Pearl vs CeeBees @ The Glacier, 7:30 p.m.
Gander vs Grand Falls-Windsor @ The Gander Community Centre, 8 p.m.
Clarenville vs Western @ The Clarenville Events Centre, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Mount Pearl vs CeeBees @ The Glacier, 7:30 p.m.
Gander vs Grand Falls-Windsor @ The Gander Community Centre, 7:30 p.m.
Clarenville vs Western @ The Clarenville Events Centre, 7:30 p.m.