Byrne’s hat trick powers builders to playoff win

Chris Quigley
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West Side Monarchs’ Mumid Kahn, right, shields the ball from Western Building Products’ Taylor White while looking for a passing opportunity in men’s broomball playoff action at the Pepsi Centre Tuesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

A three-goal performance from Tristan Byrne Monday night has given Western Building Products a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Corner Brook Molson Men’s Broomball League semifinal series against the West Side Monarchs.

Paul Prosper also scored in the 4-2 victory at the Pepsi Centre.

Ron Hancock and Dean Porter answered back for the Monarchs.

Marc Green picked up the goaltending win against Ian Jones.

The game’s first goal came at 8:25 of the opening half, off the broom of Prosper. Keith Simmonds drew the assist.

Porter tied it at 2:45 of the period, from Hancock, but Byrne notched his first of the night before the intermission, assisted by Taylor White, to put his side up 2-1.

Hancock evened the game 2-2 at 10:04 of the second, from Clarence Bennett and Eric (Sticky) Young.

Then Byrne took over.

He put the builders back up almost instantaneously, at 9:11, from Prosper, before netting another at 7:55, which was assisted by Gary Park.

In the other semifinal series, Investors Group blanked Newfoundland Fasteners 4-0 to take a two-games-to-none lead in that best-of-five affair.

Ryan Lewis scored twice in the win, with Lorne Pelley and Mike Hawco contributing single markers.

Most of the damage came in the first half, with Pelley opening the scoring at 14:25, from Tyler Wells and Lewis.

Hawco struck at 9:53, assisted by Leo Blanchard and Wells, to make it a 2-0 game.

A power-play goal from Lewis at 8:51 of the first put his side up by three. Hawco and Pat Fewer assisted.

Lewis sealed the deal with 4:06 remaining on the clock in the second half.

Fewer and Hawco registered the helpers.

Adam Tilley earned the shutout victory over Albert Specker.

Game 3 for both series will go ahead next Monday, with the investors and bolt bunch clashing at 8:30 p.m., before the Monarchs and builders lock horns in the other semifinal series at 9:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.

Organizations: Building Products, Investors Group, Monarchs

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