CLARENVILLE â€” An unsuccessful road trip has the Western Royals tied for third spot overall heading into the Christmas break.
The Royals slipped to 7-5-2 after losing two games to the second-place Clarenville Caribous at the Clarenville Events Centre over the weekend.
Ryan Desrosiers collected two goals and two assist to lead the Caribous to an 8-3 win over the Royals Saturday night to give the hometown squad a sweep of the important two-game showdown. The Caribous eked out a 5-3 victory over the boys from west one night earlier at the Clarenville Events Centre.
Andrew Sweetland notched a two-goal game for the Caribous in Saturdayâ€™s dominant performance, while single tallies were added by Ryan Delaney, Kenny Mahoney, Martin Lapointe and Mitch Oake.
Stephen Simms, Scott Doody and Ryan Penney scored for the Royals.
On Friday night, Keith Delaney paved the way for the hometown squad with a goal and two assists in a 5-3 victory in Clarenville.
Dustin Russell, Andrew Sweetland, Brandon Roach and Jeremy Barron rounded out the scoring parade for the winners.
Justin Barbour, Parker Deighan and Mark Robinson scored for the Royals.
The following is a look at how things unfolded in other provincial senior hockey league games over the weekend:
Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 6, Gander Flyers 1 (Friday)
Andre Gill had two goals, including one with the man-advantage, and Rob Hennigar and Luke Gallant had short-handed goals to lead the Cats to victory Friday night at the Gander Community Centre in the first game of the home-and-home series.
Brandon Nicholas had a goal and two helpers for the Cats, while Rodi Short chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Chad Locke scored for the Flyers with just over three minutes left in regulation time to spoil A J Whiffenâ€™s shutout bid.
Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 7, Gander Flyers 4 (Saturday)
Rob Hennigar had a three-point night for the Cataracts and Andrew Pearcey scored a pair of goals as the Cats put a solid hold on top spot heading into the Christmas break.
Peter Campbell scored twice for the Flyers.
Mount Pearl HJâ€ˆBartlett Electric Blades 4, Eastlink CeeBee Stars 3 (SO) (Saturday)
Ryan Graham scored the winning goal for the Blades in the shootout Saturday night at S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace in the first game of a home-and-home series.
Mike Stevens, Mark Roebothan and Jeremy Nicholas scored for the Blades in regulation time.
Chad Earle had two goas for the CeeBee Stars, while Colin Feehan scored the other goal and Jordan Escott picked up two helpers.
Mount Pearl HJâ€ˆBarlett Electric Blades 7, Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4 (Friday)
Ryan Graham, Chris Mooney, Grant Kenny and Mark Tobin each had one goal and an assist for the Blades.
Jeremy Nicholas, Steve Tilley and Trevor Thorne also lit the lamp for the Blades.
Jordan Escott was the top gun for the CeeBee Stars with a goal and two assists.
Colin Feehan, Tyler Gale and Chad Earle also scored for the CeeBee Stars.