Royals tame Cats on home ice

Dave Kearsey
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 DEER LAKE  Chris Peach had two goals and linemate Matthew Thomey had a goal an an assist to lead the Western Royals to a 6-3 triumph over the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Sunday afternoon.

Peach, who had a power-play goal to get the Royals on the scoresheet in the second stanza, and Thomey had empty-net goals in the last minute of regulation to put the game away as the Cataracts threated to get the equalizer in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League contest before an estimated 500 fans at the Hodder.

Ryan Penney, Scott Doody and Stephen Simms also scored for the Royals, who claimed three out of a possible four points from the league-leading Cataracts after picking up a single point in a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday night as the Royals held its annual Teddy Toss before puck drop.

Defending scoring champion Andre Gill had two goals for the Cataracts, while rugged defenceman Mike Brent jumped up on the rush to steal a loose puck and beat Royals puckstopper Bryan Gillis with a wrist shot from 25 feet out for the Cataracts other goal.

Gill banged home a loose rebound to get the Cataracts on the scoresheet first at 5:48 of the opening stanza with assists going to Cam Fergus and Brandon Nicholas.

Gill scored his second goal of the game at 1:48 of the middle stanza on a power play with Rodi Short and Rob Hennigar providing the spadework to give the Cats a 2-0 advantage.

Peach got the Royals on the scoresheet with his first of the game coming at 3:45 of the second period as he fired a wrist shot high over the blocker of Cataracts puckstopper A J Whiffen after finishing off a tic-tac-toe play with Thomey and Brian Barker.

Brent gave the Cataracts a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission after he stripped a Royals defender of the puck and fired a wrist shot past Gillis from about 25 feet out.

Simms evened the contest at 3-3 at 9:51 when he took a one-timer from defence partner Parker Deighan and blasted the puck high over the glove hand of Whiffen to give fans something to cheer about as the Royals seemed to gain momentum as the game got older.

Peach scored into the empty net with 48 seconds left in regulation to give the Royals some breathing room, but Thomey put the dagger in the hearts of the Cataracts with his empty-net marker with six seconds left on the scoreboard high over centre ice as fans showed their appreciation for the Royals who showed they have become a better team since losing two games to the Cats to open the season.

The Clarenville Caribous, meanwhile, had to settle for a split on home ice against the CeeBee Stars after wrapping up the series with a 9-2 victory Sunday at the Clarenville Events Centre. The CeeBee Stars won the opening game of the series by a 3-1 spread Saturday night in Clarenville.

The other weekend matchup saw the Gander Flyers earn a split on the road against the Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades at the Glacier. The Blades eked out a 6-5 victory Saturday night, but the pesky Flyers bounced back for a 5-3 victory Sunday with Peter Campbell and Rob Mignardi scoring two goals apiece for the second-year franchise.

The Royals will hit the road this weekend for its final two games before the Christmas hiatus, tangling with the Caribous Friday and Saturday night in a series that will put one of the clubs in a better position for second spot behind the Cataracts.

 

 

Organizations: Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, Clarenville Events Centre, Flyers

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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  • Just Peachy
    December 09, 2013 - 14:42

    500 at the hodder is a far cry from the 200 at the glacier for both games the weekend. What an embarassment. quicker they're gone the better.