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The Mount Pearl Blades’ Blake Gallagher (front) backhands a pass behind Gander Flyers’ forward Grant Donovan during the teams’ Newfoundland Senior Hockey League game Sunday afternoon at the Glacier. The Flyers won 5-3.

All six NLSHL teams collect a victory — and a loss — 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,

SUNDAY

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)

SATURDAY

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.

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Next Games

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.

Organizations: Blades, Flyers, The Glacier The Gander Community Centre The Clarenville Events Centre

Geographic location: Grand Falls, Mount Pearl, Deer Lake

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  • West End Devils
    December 12, 2013 - 10:24

    Better hockey goes on at Capital Hyundai Area Saturday nights.. You get what you pay for there... NOT A CENT. You wouldn't know if Senior Hockey was the best thing since the slice of the bread. Everyone who plays didn't make it to the big times... or was there and pissed their chance away. Take it for what its worth.... The only buzz i hear about senior hockey now is people wondering where the Delaney boys are playing this year. WHO CARES. I'll spend my $12 buying subway.

  • Ricky
    December 09, 2013 - 14:08

    wrong people at it in there. theres some girl that is supposed to look after the social media, not sure if its the same one singing, but theres nothing done. i am not in town and follows the twitter to see the scores, she does nothing. i has to wait for someone from the visiting team to post something to find out the score. it was promised things would be better, i believe der worse. they should pack it in before the pocketbooks dry up.

  • Brad
    December 09, 2013 - 13:02

    I think a team in Metro can survive but it needs the right kind of people. Mt. Pearl has done a good job promoting the team to get it going, but when the season started there wasn't much apart from the odd mention on K-Rock. No one at the Santa Clause parade, not much buzz in the community besides the signs, nothing! If it wasn't for those signs you wouldn't have known they existed. Game was brutal and there wasn't much of an effort put in. Sure they are 6-6, but it is nothing to brag about, even worse when there's only two teams that spend $$. I have a feeling the Blades aren't the only team in trouble...

  • Pittsburgh Paints shop
    December 09, 2013 - 10:08

    I unfortunately was one of the 200 fans that attended the game yesterday at the Glacier in Mt. Pearl. Sorry, I should say glorified game of rec hockey that I saw. Both teams skated out to a series of.......wait for it, sounds of pins dropping. If it weren't for the 5 or 6 die hard Gander Flyers fans who were up near the bar area cheering, nobody would have known there was a game on the ice or someone had scored. It was non exiting from start to finish. Gander had 14 skaters, Mt. Pearl had enough on their bench to finish a home for Habitat for Humanity in 6 hours. Though they had a full bench, they may have had 6 NLSHL players, the rest were there.....taking up space it seemed. There was one check thrown the entire game, sorry two: Matheson hit Tilley at center, and a Timbits kid ran in to Patty O'Brien during the 1st intermission kids game. He's the Gander goalie, where were the players from Mt. Pearl? Great marketing!!!! This team folded twice now in the last 4 years. With 200 fans, 150 or so paying fans, how can this team survive? How you ask, well the GM of the team now is the announcer, and the head of marketing is the anthem singer. Two bills they don't have to pay anymore. What does this do? Well it keeps these important people from being in the stands talking to the fans. Not sure where the anthem singer went after she attempted to sing, but she certainly wasnt seen anywhere marketing the team. What a great plan! I'm not sure how 150 people paying $12 can be enough to run a hockey team who's game budget runs around $2500. Sure the 50-50 was $400 but do the math, thats only $2200. Not to mention the cost for ice rental, the referees, timekeepers, Glacier staff etc. So my point is that the owner of this team will again have to foot the bill for this team, a team that was told couldn't surive in Mt. Pearl by many a fan, league executive, player etc. What did they think would change? Sure they are 6-6, but does anyone care outside of the 200+ fans that unfortunately paid $12 to watch paint dry on Sunday? For a group of guys who get paid to play, there was more intensity watching two cars trying to get the last parking spot netxt to the door at Tim Hortons. Enjoy the rest of the year Blades, I can't imagine any player in the league would want to play there next year in front of a morgue. After deciding to give it one more try, this gal saw her last game at the Glacier this year.