The Clarenville Caribous are one win away from a chance at defending their Central West Senior Hockey League championship.
Sunday, the Caribous scored three third-period goals — two into an empty net — for a 5-2 win over the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven opening-round semifinal.
The series winner meets the Gander Flyers in the championship final.
Keith Delaney, Justin Pender and Chad Earle scored for the Caribous, before the two empty-netters. Justin Gill and Danny Wicks replied for the homestanding Cataracts, who played host to the Caribous in the two games at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.
Saturday night, Steve Yetman had two goals and two assists and Gill potted a pair of goals as the Cats edged the Caribous 4-3. Wicks collected two assists. Earle scored twice for Clarenville, which also got a goal from Jordan Kennedy. Ryan Desrosiers had two helpers.