Collins flawless in goal as Titans shut down Spartans

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Corner Brook Regional High Titans’ Matt Parsons, left, and Stephenville High Spartans’ William Bailey pursue a loose puck during second period action from their game Monday at the Kinsmen Arena II. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

CORNER BROOK  The Corner Brook Regional High Titans wanted to make a statement against the Stephenville High Spartans on Monday night.

Playing for the first time since suffering their only defeat of the West Coast High School Hockey League season last Monday to the Gros Morne Academy Panthers, the Titans were hoping to make the Kinsmen Arena II an unpleasant place for the visitors.

“We really wanted to take it to (the Spartans) and show everybody what we got,” said Titans’ Dan Gallant.

Based on the result, a 1-0 triumph, one thing both teams had was excellent goaltending.

Matt Collins was perfect between the pipes for the Titans, while losing goalie Jordi Green was only fooled once — early in the first period.

“We didn’t really bring it,” Gallant conceded. “They started taking it to us a little bit, but we came back out good in the third period and held on.”

Chris Kelly provided the game’s only goal at 12:17 of the first. Scott Delaney and Nick Childs assisted.

Gallant said a contest this close becomes more intense the longer it goes on.

“All that’s going through your mind is, ‘Don’t make a mistake ... make sure you cover this guy ... you’ve got to get the puck out,’” he said.

Last week’s loss to the Panthers hurt in particular because the Rocky Harbour-based squad also beat the Titans in the championship series last season.

“They took away our confidence,” Gallant said. “We went out last week and didn’t have enough confidence in ourselves.”

So they were hoping to regain some of that swagger against the Spartans, though the 1-0 result likely wasn’t as convincing a win as they were hoping for.

“Everyone has bad games and Stephenville is a good team,” said Gallant. “But I believe if we play our game, no one can beat us.”

The following is a summary from the other league game on Monday night:

Panthers 5, Elwood High Lakers 1

Shannon Moores and Mateo Gill both scored twice as the Panthers stunned the Lakers at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake. Luke Parsons contributed a single marker in the win.

Derian Gould was the lone marksman for the Lakers.

Jonah Reid was the winning goalie, with Tristan Moss taking the loss.

The Titans are again alone atop the league standings at 5-1-0, just ahead of the Lakers at 4-2-0. The Panthers improve to 3-3-0 on the year, with the Spartans behind them with a 2-4-0 record. The St. James Regional High Saints are stuck at 0-4-0 so far.

Organizations: Panthers, Stephenville High Spartans, West Coast High School Hockey League Academy Panthers

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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