Royals surprise league with sweep of Cataracts

Dave Kearsey
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DEER LAKE  It does something for a team’s confidence when they finally show they can beat an opponent viewed as superior.

The Western Royals completed a sweep of the league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in a home-and-home series that culminated with a 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon.

Bryan Gillis was solid between the pipes at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium to earn the shutout as the Royals earned the distinction of being the first team this year to sweep the Cataracts in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.

Justin Barbour, Matthew Thomey and Mathieu Berube scored power-play goals for the Royals, who move into sole possession of third spot after the Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades were swept by the second-place Clarenville Caribous at the Clarenville Events Centre.

“It was a total team effort. Our penalty kill was awesome and Gillis was awesome,” Royals coach Ed Kearsey said of Sunday’s huge confidence booster.

One night earlier at the Hodder, Bryan Gillis outduelled A. J. Whiffen in the crease and Justin Barbour was the offensive spark plug with a two-goal game as the Royals knocked off the league-leading Cataracts 5-3 in the battle for top spot in the West in the six-team two-division provincial senior hockey league.

Michael Hynes had an empty net goal and an assist for the Royals, while Mathieu Berube and Mark Robinson rounded out the scoring parade. Scott Doody, playing the pivot on a hulking trio that included Berube and Andrew Smith who played with a lot of energy and aggressive forecheck,  picked up two assists in the victory in front of the hometown fans.

Kyle McGuirk, Andre Gill and Cam Fergus scored for the Cataracts.

The Royals picked up a big win with some key personnel missing from the lineup. Talented rearguard Parker Deighan didn’t play because he was serving a suspension for a hit-from-behind call against the Flyers last weekend, Brian Barker was nursing an injury and Ryan  Penney wasn’t available because of family commitments.

The following is a look at how things unfolded in other senior hockey games played over the weekend:

 

Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 1, Clarenville Caribous 5 (Sunday afternoon)

A 5-1 victory over the Blades Sunday allowed the Clarenville Caribous to complete the weekend sweep to move into one point of the league-leading Cataracts.

Chad Earle, Dustin Russell, Brad Crann, Kenny Mahoney and Jeremy Barron scored for the Caribous.

Steve Bailey was the lone marksman for the fourth-place Blades.

 

Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 3, Clarenville Caribous 6 (Saturday night)

Ryan Desrosiers had a two-goal outing to lead the charge for the Caribous Saturday night on home ice.

Andrew Sweetland, Martin Lapointe, Dale Sullivan and Stephen Oates also scored for the second-seeded franchise.

Steve Yetman, Spencer Jezegou and Cory Blackmore dented the mesh for the Mount Pearl representatives.

 

Gander Flyers 3, Eastlink CeeBee Stars 10 (Sunday afternoon)

Defenceman Mike Dyke had a three-goal performance to lead the CeeBee Stars to a convincing 10-3 win over the Flyers Sunday to earn the sweep in Harbour Grace.

Peter Campbell scored three times in a losing cause for the Flyers.

 

Gander Flyers 1, Eastlink CeeBee Stars 6 (Saturday night)

Roger Kennedy had a strong game in the crease in his first game as a member of the defending champions after being acquired via trade in exchange for journeyman Chad Earle.

Ben Duffy, signed by an import card earlier this week after the team secured the services of Kennedy, had two goals and an assist in his debut.

Matt Quinn, who also signed to an import card with the CeeBee Stars after spending last weekend playing with the Gander Flyers, had a goal in his debut with the defending champs.

Ray Dalton, Colin Feehan and Matthew Bragg also scored for the winners, who held a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes.

Steve Brazil was the only Flyer to beat Kennedy.

Organizations: Flyers, Clarenville Events Centre

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, DEER LAKE, Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium Brazil

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  • Western Red Royals
    January 12, 2014 - 19:10

    Way to go Royals keep up the wins.