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Newfoundland senior hockey: Yetman moves from behind bench to lead Cataracts on the ice

Patrick Yetman
Patrick Yetman

Grand Falls-Windsor head coach suits up, scores twice in win over Gander

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts coach Pat Yetman laced up the skates for his first taste of provincial senior hockey action over the weekend, and the former pro didn’t disappoint, scoring two goals in the Cataracts’ 5-3 win over the Gander Flyers Saturday night in Gander.

Yetman played in the American Hockey League and ECHL before enjoying a lengthy career overseas in Germany, Sweden and Finland. He retired from the pro game in 2013, and took over the Cataracts’ coaching reigns last season.

The St. John’s native also scored in the Cataracts 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers Sunday afternoon at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls-Windsor.

The Cataracts were missing two of their top performers, goaltender A.J. Whiffen and defenceman Rodi Short, who were both emergency recalls to the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers over the weekend.

Noah Weir tended goal for the Cats.

In Clarenville Saturday, the homestanding Caribous trimmed the C.B.S. Blues 8-3. Scoring for Clarenville were Justin Pender with a pair, Jordan Kennedy, Brad Crann, Lucas Goobie, Kevin Reid, Chris Sparkes and Mason Reid. Tyler Adams, Michael Lawrence and Kris Hodge had the C.B.S. goals.

Friday night at Twin Rinks, it was a game of special teams as the shorthanded St. John’s Caps, with only 12 skaters, edged the Southern Shore Breakers 4-3.

The Caps scored three third-period power play goals, including the tying goal (by Mark Rideout) and game-winner (by Colin Escott) 1:10 apart,

Robert Inder and Jeremy Barron also scored for the winners. Replying for the Breakers, who had shorthanded and power play goals in the third period, were Steven Fowler, Michael Chafe and Andrew Gale.

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