Investors’ Group Luke Burt, right, reaches around Newfoundland Fasteners’ Scott Wayson trying to knock away the ball from the stick of Wayson in broom semifinal play Monday at the Pepsi Centre.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Western Building Products was a little like a forgotten team this Corner Brook Molson Men’s Broomball League season.
With a utterly dominating campaign from the 11-2-2 Investors Group, it was easy to ignore the builders’ strong 9-5-1 record that entrenched them solidly in second place for most of the season.
“I think so,” said Dean Kean on whether his team was flying under the radar.
It was Kean who scored the game-winning goal at the Pepsi Centre on Monday night as the builders defeated the West Side Monarchs 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal series.
Ryan Wilson, Gary Kean and Paul Prosper also struck for the winning side.
Clarence Bennett, Dean Porter and Eric (Sticky) Young responded in the loss.
Marc Green came out with the win in the goaltending matchup against Ian Jones.
According to Kean, the builders are all about the team game and a positive dressing room is a big part of that.
“There’s a lot of nice young fellas there that are easy to get along with,” he said. “It’s nice ot see some young blood in the league.”
Wilson opened the scoring at 15:29 of the first half, with Gary Kean drawing the assist. Then it was Gary Kean scoring himself at 12:54, assisted by Gary Park and Wilson.
Bennett made it a 2-1 game at 10:36 of the opening frame, from Dean Porter and Mumid Kahn.
The builders grabbed another two-goal lead at 8:06, when Prosper scored unassisted, but the Monarchs got back within one before the end of the period, as Porter buried one from Bennett at 2:47.
It didn’t take long for the Monarchs to tie the game in the second, as Young made it 3-3 at 15:36. Bennett and Johnny Pelley assisted on the play.
But then, at 9:09, Dean Kean took a feed from Paul Prosper behind the net and made no mistake in putting his side up 4-3. Cory Rideout drew the other helper.
When asked to describe his game-winner, Kean said he “hoped for the best and hit the top corner.”
Though the goal gave the builders the early series edge, Kean cautioned looking ahead at anything else when his club still has to take two more games from a tough Monarchs team.
“They’re a quality team,” he said. “They hung in there and hand their chances too.
“That game was anybody’s game,” he added. “This series is not over, not by a long shot.”
In action from the other semifinal on Monday night, the top-seeded investors ran over Newfoundland Fasteners 6-1.
Pat Fewer (2), Tyler Wells, Mike Hawco, Todd Warren and Shawn Jenkins were the goalscorers for the victors.
Brian Park contributed the lone goal for the bolt bunch.