Ice meltdown in Harbour Grace leads to cancellation of Royals game

Dave Kearsey
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HARBOUR GRACE  Coach Ed Kearsey doesn't have any idea what happens now after Sunday’s game against the Eastlink CeeBee Stars in Harbour Grace was cancelled.

The Royals trailed the CeeBee Stars 1-0 after 20 minutes in Sunday’s Newfoundland Senior Hockey League contest at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium, but things took a turn for the worse when the ice was deemed not fit to finish the game after the Zamboni ran out of propane and hot water spilled onto the ice during the first intermission.

Officials at the arena made every attempt to fix the problem, according to Kearsey, but the ice was melted away leaving them helpless.

Coach Kearsey said the team was told the game would be decided by a shootout and his players were ready to go when they were told that league officials said the game couldn’t be decided by a shootout. Kearsey was busy getting the team ready for the trip home so he couldn’t get into the particulars, but he believes the Royals should be awarded the points because the home team has to take responsibility for the unfortunate incident.

He didn’t think a return to Harbour Grace to finish the game was anything Royals president Ross Coates would entertain, but he was willing to wait and see what happens instead of speculating as to what’s in the best interest of the league and the parties involved.

On Saturday night, Colin Feehan had a goal and two assist to lead the defending champions to a 4-3 victory over the Royals at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium.

Matt Bragg had a goal and an assist for the CeeBee Stars, while Matt Quinn and Ray Dalton rounded out the scoring parade for the hometown squad.

Chris Peach, Michael Hynes and Zack Firlotte — his first of the season — supplied the offensive output for the Royals.

The following is a look at how things unfolded in other Newfoundland Senior Hockey League games over the weekend:


Clarenville Caribous 8, Gander Flyers 1 (Saturday night)

Terry Ryan scored two goals in a three-point outing and Chad Earle picked up a goal and two helpers as the Caribous dumped the Flyers 8-1 Saturday night at the Gander Community Centre.

Nick Croft, Stephen Oates, Andrew Sweetland, Mitchell Oake and Kenny Mahoney also scored for the Caribous.

Ryan Desrosiers had three assists for the Flyers.

Chad Locke, lone marksman for the Flyers, opened the scoring with a power-play  marker in the first period, but it was all Clarenville the rest of the way.


Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 7, Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 3 (Saturday night)

Brandon Bussey and Andrew Brennan had two goals apiece to lead the league-leading Cataracts to a 7-3 triumph over the Blades SAturday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Andre Gill, Cam Fergus and Andrew Pearcey added single tallies to the scoresheet for the Cats.

Steve Bailey, Paul Roebothan and Steve Tilley lit the lamp for the Blades.


Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4, Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 5 (Friday night)

Steve Yetman and Chris Mooney had one goal and an assist each to lead the Blades to a 5-4 victory over the CeeBee Stars in provincial senior hockey league play Friday night at the Glacier.

Paul Hutchings, Spencer Jezegou and Jeremy Nicholas also scored for the Blades.

Ben Duffy, Matt Quinn and Tyler Gale paved the way for the CeeBee Stars with the trio collecting a goal and an assist in a losing cause.

Jordan Escott also scored for the CeeBee Stars.


Clarenville Caribous, 3 Gander Flyers 4 (SO) (Sunday afternoon)

Peter Campbell had a two-goal game for the Flyers — including the clincher in the shootout — to give the Flyers a huge confidence boost heading down the stretch drive to the playoffs.

James Keough and Chad Locke scored the other goals for the Flyers in regulation time.

Andrew Sweetland, Kenny Mahoney and Chad Earle scored for the Flyers in regulation time.



Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, 5, Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 3 (Sunday afternoon)

Rob Hennigar had two goals to lead the Cataracts to a 5-3 triumph over the Blades Sunday afternoon at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Tom Fergus, Mike Brent and Andrew Brennan also scored for the league-leading Cataracts.

Ryan Graham, Chris Mooney and Spencer Jezegou scored for the Blades.


Organizations: Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, Flyers, Blades.Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4

Geographic location: Clarenville

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Recent comments

  • Another Alex
    January 20, 2014 - 16:31

    Luck is never on the Royals side, whether its a lucky bounce or fluke bounce for another team or soft penalty calls when there 2 minute left in a game and another team score to win it , now we have a broken down zamboni, what else can go wrong. What can they do to break the unlucky curse lol

  • Alex
    January 20, 2014 - 13:53

    I am not 100% sure but I believe the game has to past the half way point before the came can be called and a winner decided. Before that and the game will have to be replayed or they will pick up where they left off.

  • george p b
    January 20, 2014 - 09:25

    I guess there was no nearby store that carried propane & propane accessories...What kind of management does not have a back-up tank of propane????? And we complain about our Pepsi Centre management......