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Beat Gander Flyers twice over the weekend to improve to a league-best 6-0

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts keep rolling along in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, making it six straight wins to open the 2013-14 campaign.

The Cataracts’ latest victim was the Gander Flyers, with a two-game sweep at the Gander Community Centre Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts’ Andrew Brennan brings the puck into the offensive zone during the second period of Sunday's game against the Gander Flyers at the Gander Community Centre. Brennan scored a shorthanded goal in the third period of Sunday's game to help lead the Cats to a 5-2 win. The Cats also picked up the win on Saturday night, 7-4.

Sunday, Grand Falls-Windsor got goals from five different players in a 5-2 win. Scoring for the visitors were Andrew Brennan, Cam Fergus, Brandon Street, Mike Vaters and Brandon Nicholas. Ron Hennigar had three assists, and Kyle McGuirk and Andre Gill both had a pair of helpers.

Chad Locke and Andrew White replied for the Flyers, who outshot the Cataracts 42-41.

A.J. Whiffen recorded the win, his fifth, while Patrick O’Brien was between the pipes for Gander.


Mount Pearl 6, Clarenville 5 (SO)

At the Clarenville Events Centre Sunday afternoon, Ryan Graham was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades their third win on the year.

In regulation time, it was Graham, Paul Hutchings, Corey Blackmore, Mark Tobin and Andrew Gale scoring for the Blades. Replying for the homestanding Caribous were Mitch Oake, Jeremy Barron, Nick Croft, Dale Sullivan and Brad Crann.

The Blades outshot the Caribous 37-36, with Marek Benda getting the win over Jason Churchill.


Grand Falls-Windsor 7, Gander 4 (Saturday)

At the Gander Community Centre, Fergus and defending league scoring champion Gill both had a pair of goals for Grand Falls-Windsor in the series opener.

Nicholas, Andrew Pearcey and Alex Dalley also scored for the Cataracts. Rob Mignardi had two goals for the Flyers, while Andrew White had a goal and an assist and Peter Campbell added a single tally for the Flyers.

A.J. Whiffen made 40 stops in the Cataracts’ net. Devon O’Brien saw 42 shots in the Flyers’ net.


Western 9, C.B.N. 3 (Saturday)

At the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake, the homestanding Royals made it three wins in a row on the strength of Justin Barbour’s two goals and two assists.

Veteran Darren Langdon also enjoyed a two-goal game. Michael Hynes and Mathieu Berube had a goal and two assists each, and single markers came from Scott Doody, Ryan Penney and Brian Barker.

Former St. John’s Fog Devil Zack Firlotte had four assists.

Scoring for the Eastlink CeeBees Stars, who have only one win in six games this season, were Tyler Gale, Chad Earle and Chris Sparkes.

Freddy Diamond worked up a big sweat in the CeeBees cage, as Western fired 46 shots on goal. Bryan Gillis faced 22 shots in the Royals’ net.


Clarenville 5, Mount Pearl 3 (Saturday)

At The Glacier in Mount Pearl, Andrew Sweetland and Kenny Mahoney each had a goal and an assist for the Caribous.

Ryan Desrosiers, Barron and Croft also scored for Clarenville.

Chris Mooney had a goal and a helper for the Blades, while Robert Barrett and Steve Yetman also scored.

Shots on goal were 34-21 in favour of the Caribous. Goaltenders of record were Churchill for the visitors and Ryan Mior for the home team.


Western 4, C.B.N. 2 (Friday)

In Deer Lake, Andrew Smith had goal and two assists for the Royals, and Doody, Hynes and Berube each scored once for the winners. Jordan Escott had both goals for the CeeBees.

Gillies made 44 saves for the win. Diamond stopped 42 pucks.



Organizations: Flyers, H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades, Clarenville Events Centre Gander Community Centre The Glacier

Geographic location: Brandon Street, Deer Lake, Mount Pearl

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