© Photo by Matt Malloy/Gander Beacon
Parker Deighan of the Western Royals heads up the ice during a Newfoundland Senior Hockey League contest against the Gander Flyers at the Gander Community Centre
DEER LAKE Parker Deighan was only suppose to play a couple of weekends with the Western Royals, but coach Ed Kearsey wants to have another look at the speedy rearguard.
‚ÄúI felt we should keep him to have another look at him, especially this weekend against more or less a stronger team,‚ÄĚ‚ÄąKearsey said of his decision to bring Deighan back for a two-game series against the league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts this weekend in Deer Lake.
Deighan, a 23-year-old native of Summerside, P.E.I., was signed to an import card after import defenceman Brad Woods wasn‚Äôt going to be available for two weeks of hockey because of work commitments in Ontario.
He made the most of his four games with the Royals, taking over third place in team scoring with two goals and nine assists since his arrival.
Deighan will be in the line-up for the Royals this weekend for the showdown with the Cats, who swept the Royals in a two-game series at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium to start the 2013-14 Newfoundand Senior Hockey League season.
Woods will be the odd man out this weekend with import goalie Bryan Gillis and defenders Nathan Saunders and Kirk Firlotte filling out the full compliment of import cards for the Royals in what coach Kearsey believes will be a real measuring stick for the western franchise.
‚ÄúThis is the team we‚Äôre going to have to beat in the playoffs to win the Western division so this is a good weekend to see how we fare against them,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
As for Deighan, Kearsey has been impressed with the element of offensive flare he adds to the squad, but he insists that the new kid on the block will have to follow the plan of defence-first so he expects a better effort in his own end of the rink. He has no problem with defenceman joining the rush when opportunity knocks, but he prefers to see his group move the puck quickly and then look at jumping into the rush.
‚ÄúThey got to pass the puck up and then move up on the play,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said of his expectations from the defence corps going up against the skilled Cats.
The Royals clash with the Cataracts Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex with the Royals annual Teddy Toss being held before the start of the game. The two teams will tangle again Sunday 1:30 p.m. in the second game of the series.
The cellar-dwelling Western division Gander Flyers will try to move up the standings with a two-game series against the Mount Pearl H J‚ÄąBartlett Electric Blades at the Glacier, while the other weekend action will see the cellar-dwelling Eastern Eastlink CeeBee Stars battle the Clarenville Caribous in a two-game series at the Clarenville Events Centre.