Blades blank Caribous in Game 3; Clarenville still leads NLSHL divisional final 2-1

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Cataracts look to complete sweep of Royals in Deer Lake today

Ryan Graham scored the game’s only goal midway through the third period and Ryan Mior made 23 saves in a shutout performance, leading the Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades to a 1-0 win over the Clarenville Caribous in Game 3 of their Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) East division final Saturday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.
The Caribous lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 heading into Game 4 today (2:30 p.m.) at the Clarenville Events Centre.
In Game 3 of the NLSHL West division final, played Saturday night at the Hodder Complex in Deer Lake, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts got the winning goal in overtime from Rob Hennigar to down the Western Royals 3-2 and take a commanding 3-0 lead in that series.

The Cataracts, who finished first overall in the regular-season standings, can wrap up the series with a win this afternoon in Deer Lake. That game has a 2 p.m. start.

At Mount Pearl, Steven Yetman and Blake Gallagher set up Graham for tally that came on one of only five power-plays awarded in the game — all on interference penalties. 

It was the only one of 27 shots to get by Clarenville goalie Jason Churchill.

Meanwhile, at Deer Lake, the Royals suffered a heartbreaking loss, having taken a 2-1 lead on Adam Guy’s goal with 1:17 left in the third, only to have Andrew Brennan of the Cats tie the score 35 seconds later, forcing overtime and leading to the heroics from Hennigar, the league’s leading scorer.

Luke Gallant of the Cats and Matthew Thomey of Western scored the game’s other goals.

The two netminders were good — and busy — as A.J. Whiffen of the Cataracts and Bryan Gillis of the Royals each faced 47 shots.

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Mount Pearl

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