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Flyers, Cats post senior hockey sweeps

The East Coast Senior Hockey League players are sharpening their skates for a new season.
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The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Gander Flyers from provincial senior hockey’s Central Division swept a pair of games from their Eastern counterparts during weekend play on three fronts.

Sunday at the Southern Shore Arena, the shorthanded Cataracts, with only 13 skaters, scored four third-period goals to beat the homestandings Breakers 4-1. Danny Wicks sparked with winners with a pair, and singles came from Rodi Short and Kyle McGuirk.

Daniel Cadigan scored in the first period for the Shore.

A.J. Whiffen stopped 44 shots to register the win in goal. Mark Yetman made 41 saves for the Breakers.

At the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville Sunday, the Flyers needed a shootout winner from Patrick O’Keefe to beat the Caribous 5-4. Goalscorers in regulation time were unavailable.

In the only game on the schedule Saturday, in Mobile, the Flyers got two goals and two assists from Jordan Escott to hand the Breakers a 5-3 setback. Jonathan Coffey, Andrew Paul and Andrew Ryan added singles, and O’Keefe contributed two assists. Peter Kavanagh notched a pair in a losing cause, and Jeremy Nicholas scored once.

Friday night, at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, Brandon Bussey scored three times and Short had two as the Cataracts trimmed Northeast Eagles 8-2. McGuirk, Michael Cole and Michael Hynes netted singles. Stephen Morrissey and Michael Deering replied.

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