Explosive starts powers Lakers to triumph over Titans

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Corner Brook Regional High Titans' Sam Brake breaks out of his zone during Monday’s high school hockey game against the Elwood High Lakers in Deer Lake.
— Star photo by Paul Hutchings

DEER LAKE  It would’ve been tough for the Elwood High Lakers to get off to a hotter start at the Hodder.

Three goals in a span of just under five minutes powered the home team to an eventual 4-1 triumph over the Corner Brook Regional High Titans during West Coast High School Hockey League play in Deer Lake on Monday night.

“That was excellent,” Lakers defenceman Lucas Reid said of their first-period dominance. “They were a little bit rattled and kind of back on their heels. We were outplaying them pretty well.”

Derian Gould led the attack with two goals for the Lakers, while Cody O’Neil and David Hardy supplied the other markers.

Tristan Moss was the winning goalie, with Thomas Porter taking the loss.

Titans’ Nick Childs spoiled Moss’s shutout bid midway through the third period.

With the victory, the Lakers enter their holiday break tied with the Titans for first place in the league standings, both sporting 5-2-0 records. The Titans are scheduled to play tonight against the Gros Morne Academy Panthers in Rocky Harbour to wrap up the opening half of their season for those two clubs.

Ironically, Reid and his teammates believed the Titans would have been the ones inspired to start the game off strong.

“We expected them to come out really hard,” he said. “Trying to gain some space between us and them.

“We were just hoping to win the last game before Christmas,” he added. “We played an excellent game as a team, everything was connecting.”

Gould started the scoring parade for the Lakers at 4:38 of the first, from Jonathan Guy.

O’Neil made it a 2-0 game at 8:49, an unassisted marker, before Gould struck at 9:33, with Zack Porter and Thomas Chaulk drawing the helpers.

At 7:10 of the second stanza, Hardy put his side up by four, with Gould and Josh Oake assisting on the play.

Childs finally broke the goose egg at 7:52 of the third, an unassisted goal.

“They were playing pretty good,” said Reid of the Titans. “They couldn’t really get a good bounce, but they played an overall good game. They’re tough to beat.”

One of the main reasons the Lakers were able to do so, Reid said, is because they have a well-rounded roster.

“Some other teams have excellent first and second lines with superstar players on them,” he said. “We’re not so much a bunch of superstars, but we’ve got a lot of depth and that’s a strength to our team.”

Trailing the Titans and Lakers are the Panthers at 3-3-0, with the Stephenville High Spartans following at 2-4-0. The St. James Regional High Saints remain at 0-4-0.

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

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Rocky Harbour

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