Blades also win in shootout; visiting CeeBees beat Caribous
Andrew Brennan scored the shootout winner as the league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts beat the Western Royals 3-2 in Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) play Saturday night in Deer Lake.
It was one of two NLSHL games decided by a shootout on Saturday.
In Mount Pearl, the H.J. Bartlett Electric Flyers edged the Gander Flyers 6-5, with Chris Mooney's shootout goal standing as the difference.
In Saturday's third game, played at Clarenville, the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars downed the homestanding Caribous 3-1.
Grand Falls-Windsor 3, Western 2 (SO)
Their win at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex moves the Cataracts (10-1-0) six points up on the second-place Royals (6-3-2).
Andrew Pearcey and Luke Gallant had the regulation-time goals for Grand Falls, whose only loss of the season came two weeks ago at the hands of the Blades.
Brian Barker and Scott 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.
League-leading scorer Rob Hennigar drew an assist on Gallant's goal, giving the import centre 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) and the distinction of having recorded at least one point in all 11 of his team's games this season.
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 (6-5-0) moved above .500 win by downing the Flyers (2-6-3), who nevertheless earned their first road point this season.
Mooney, Ryan Graham, Steven Yetman and brothers Mark and Paul Roebothan had goals in regulation for Mount Pearl.
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, Peter Campbell and Sean Wadden also tallied in regulation for Gander.
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. (4-7-0).
Ryan Desrosiers had opened the scoring for Clarenville (5-3-3), which lost a shot at moving into sole possession of second place.
The Caribous, Flyers and Royals all have opportunities for retribution this afternoon, as there will be rematches at the same three locations.
Start time in each case is 1:30 p.m.