Investors wrap up first place with two weeks to spare

Chris Quigley
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West Side Monarchs’ Chuck Coley, left, controls the ball ahead of Newfoundland Fasteners’ Tyler Lavers during play Monday at the Pepsi Centre. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

CORNER BROOK  The final two weeks of the Corner Brook Molson Men’s Broomball League regular season will be for posturing, not positioning.

Following Monday night’s action at the Pepsi Centre, the eventual playoff matches are already set, with no team either to move up or down the standings.

In the latter of the evening’s two games, Investors Group defeated Western Building Products 4-0 to lock down first place.

Lance Ereaut scored twice in the win, while Mike Hawco and Shawn Jenkins posted single markers.

Adam Tilley recorded his seventh shutout of the campaign, while Marc Green suffered the loss for the second-place builders.

With only one blemish on their record this season, the investors are clearly the team to beat this year.

“Everything we do, we’re doing right,” said investors player Tyler Wells. “And Tilley’s playing awesome in net for us.”

Ereaut’s first goal came at 3:52 of the first half, from Pat Fewer and Wells.

With 44.3 seconds remaining in the opening period, Hawco made it 2-0. Lorne Pelley and Fewer assisted.

Jenkins struck on the power play at 9:10 of the second half, with Ereaut and Hawco drawing the helpers, before Ereaut finished off the scoring at 8:11 from Wells.

The builders are the only team even close to the investors in the standings, but were mathematically eliminated from catching up after Monday’s loss. For the investors to shut them down so efficiently puts an exclamation point on their dominance this season.

“We buried the ball when we had the chances and we came out on top,” said Wells, who acknowledged the builders were missing a couple of key players.

Though all four clubs make the playoffs, essentially rendering any regular season accolades meaningless, Wells said his team will still enjoy their run. But, he warns, they can’t let it go to their heads.

“The playoffs are a different game,” he said. “Anyone can beat anyone.”

In fact, Wells argued, the pressure to replicate their success in the post-season could make victories a little harder to come by when it really counts.

“Teams are going to want to beat us real bad,” he said. “They’re going to hate us.”

In the evening’s early game, the West Side Monarchs doubled up Newfoundland Fasteners 6-3.

Johnny Pelley (2), Clarence Bennett (2), Jake Milley and Ron Hancock all scored for the gold and black. Eric (Sticky) Young had two assists.

Scott Wayson, Brandon Crewe and Lucas Giroux responded in the losing cause.

Ian Jones outdueled Albert Specker in goal.

The investors are now 10-1-2 on the year, ahead of the builders at 7-5-1. The Monarchs move to 4-7-2, with the bolt bunch behind them at 2-10-1.

Organizations: Broomball League, Pepsi Centre, Investors Group

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