Blackmore has hat trick in 5-2 win for Mount Pearl; Royals down Flyers to take opener of West semi
Corey Blackmore scored three goals Saturday to lead the Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades to a 5-2 win over the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) Eastern divisional semifinal.
In Game 1 of the NLSHL Western Divison semifinal at Deer Lake, the Western Royals defeated the Gander Flyers 7-4.
At the Mount Pearl Glacier, Ryan Graham also had a three-point night for the Blades, with a goal and two assists, while Chris Mooney had the winners’ other marker.
Colin Feehan and Doug O’Brien replied for the CeeBees.
Feehan’s shorthanded goal late in the second period had tied the game 1-1, but the Blades struck for three goals in a five-minute, 17-second span in the third, beginning with a Blackmore marker at 2:19.
The Blades had won the series opener 4-3 Friday night at the Glacier in a game that saw the absence of key players for both sides. Weather had kept CeeBees Matthew Bragg and import Ben Duffy, along with Blades Graham and imports Spencer Jezegou and Blake Gallagher, from getting to Mount Pearl for the game. As well, Mount Pearl goalie Ryan Mior was unavailable as he was with wife, who was giving birth to their child.
But all were on the ice Saturday, with Mior making 29 saves and Jezegou picking up two assists.
CeeBees goalie Roger Kennedy had 30 stops.
Game 3 of the series is Friday at S.W. Moores Stadium in Harbour Grace, with Game 4, if necessary, there as well on Saturday, Feb. 22. Should a Game 5 be required, it will be played Sunday, Feb. 23 in Mount Pearl.
Royals 7, Flyers 4
At the Hodder Memorial Complex in Deer Lake, Justin Barbour and Steven Hynes each had two goals and an assist for the Royals, while veteran Darren Langdon chipped in with four assists for the winners.
Scott Doody, Andrew Smith and Matthew Thomey also scored for Western, which built up a 4-0 lead on the strength of goals by Barbour, Smith and Thomey in a 70-second stretch early in the second period.
Chad Locke, Peter Campbell, Adam Ivany and Mitch Flynn scored for Gander.
Bradley Dyke made 37 saves for Western, while Gander starting netminder Patrick O’Brien was chased by the Royals’ scoring flurry early in the second. He and Devon O’Brien combined for 47 saves.
Game 2 is this afternoon in Deer Lake, with the series shifting to Gander for Game 3 on Friday.
The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Clarenville Caribous, who finished 1-2 in the regular-season standings, have byes through the first round of the playoffs.