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Senior hockey finals ramping up


The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Clarenville Ford Caribous are tied at a game apiece following the first weekend of action in the Central West Senior Hockey League’s best-of-seven final.

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After dropping the series opener 3-0 on Saturday night, the Caribous hung on for a 4-3 win In Game 2 on Sunday.

At the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium, Keith Delaney scored twice and Dustin Russell and Ryan Delaney added singles for the Herd.

Rodi Short, Andre Gill and Stephen Simms lit the lamp for the Cats.

On Saturday, Danny Wicks, Jeremy Bishop and Collin Circelli scored and Bryan Gillis backstopped the Cataracts to a win.

In a pre-game ceremony, three members of the Cataracts organization were presented with CWSHL regular season awards. Tom Coolen was named coach of the year, Circelli claimed MVP honours and Gillis was named the league’s top goalie.

Game 3 is Friday, 8 p.m., at the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville; Game 4 returns to the Joe Saturday night at 7:30; and Game 5 goes Sunday, 7 p.m., in Clarenville.
Meanwhile, in the Avalon East Senior Hockey final, the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars took their first series lead with a pair of wins over the Tapper’s Northeast Eagles.

After collecting a 4-3 win over the Eagles in Game 2 on Friday at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, the top-seeded CeeBees took Game 3 4-2 in front of a hometown crowd at the Danny Cleary Community Centre.

Matthew Thomey and Kenny King scored for the CeeBees in the first period and
Brett Shute scored two goals just three minutes apart in the second period.
Mark Chaplin and Matt Squires replied for the Eagles.
CeeBees goalie A.J. Whiffen had 25 saves while Mark Yetman of Northeast stopped 31 of 35 shots.

In Game 2, Thomey scored a pair of shorthanded goals in a 4-3 CeeBees victory. King, with what would be the game-winner, scored in third period for the visitors, who also got a tally from Daniel Sparkes.

Sean Wadden, with two, and Chris Ryan had the Eagles’ goals.

Yetman had 37 saves, while Whiffen stopped 41 of 44 shots, including 20 of 21 in the second period.

Game 4 set for Friday, 8 p.m., in Torbay, with Game 5 in Harbour Grace on Saturday night at 7:30. 

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