Sweep Gander Flyers in weekend series
© Barbara Dean-Simmons
The traffic is heavy in front of the Clarenville net during third-period action at the Clarenville Events Centre on Sunday afternoon. Clarenville triumphed with a 5-3 win over the Gander Flyers to sweep the weekend series.
The Gander Flyers were the first to light up the scoreboard today in Clarenville, but the momentum in this game definitely belonged to the home team.
The Flyers made it 1-0 about two minutes into the first period but Andrew Sweetland evened it up just past the four-minute mark.
By the time the first period was over, the Caribous had a 3-1 lead.
One of the newest members of the herd — Jeremy Barson — scored his first point with Clarenville on a pass from other newcomers, Kenny Mahoney, and Scott McCarthy.
With 2:31 left on the clock, Caribou veteran Ryan Desrosiers took a pass from Keith Delaney to give Clarenville a two-goal lead heading into the second.
Shots on goal were 15-7 in favour of the Caribous.
After a regroup session the Flyers came out firing on all cylinders, scoring just two minutes into the second stanza to close the gap 3-2. Sean Wadden got the point for Gander.
Midway through the second, however, Kenny Mahoney got his first point in Bouville to put the team ahead 4-2.
Steve Oates made it 5-2 when he found the back of the Flyers’ net with just 1:26 left on the clock.
By the time the second period ended, the Caribous had outshot the Flyers 29-14.
The third period saw plenty of action and close calls in the Clarenville zone as Gander fought for a comeback.
Caribous’ net-minder Roger Kennedy was put to the test as he fended off several charges by the Flyers offense.
With 11:44 left on the clock, Tyler Whitehead outsmarted Kennedy to give the Flyers their third point in the game.
With 10 minutes left for a chance to tie it up, the Flyers continued to press hard in the Caribous zone.
But the scoreboard remained silent for the rest of the afternoon and the Caribous collected their second win of the season.
Next weekend the Caribous are on the road, Nov. 8 and 9, to meet the Western Royals in Corner Brook.
They head to Mount Pearl on Nov. 16 to meet the Mount Pearl Blades and come back to home ice on Sunday, Nov. 17, for part two of the weekend showdown against the Blades.