GANDER Scott Doody set up Stephen Simms with the game-winner just over two minutes into the third period to break a 3-3 tie and added an insurance marker at 15:07 to lead the Western Royals to a 5-3 win over the Gander Flyers Saturday night at the Gander Community Centre.
Justin Barbour, Stephen Simms, Parker Deighan, ejected from the game in the second period after a spirited fight with Flyers forward Grant Donovan, and gritty winger Colin Power rounded out the scoring for the Royals.
One night earlier, at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake, Sean Wadden and Chad Locke had two goals apiece to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 triumph over the Royals in a make-up game that had to be played after a major storm led to the cancellation of the game a couple of weeks ago.
Mark Robinson and Darren Langdon scored for the Royals as Brad Dyke got the start between the pipes.
Meanwhile, the Clarenville Caribous dumped the Mount Pearl H Jâ€ˆBartlett Electric Blades by a convincing 8-2 margin Saturday night at the Glacier to clinch top spot in the East Division standings.
Keith Delaney had a two-goal game to lead the Caribous to victory over the Blades in Mount Pearl.
Andrew Sweetland, Ryan Desrosiers, Ryan Delaney, Martin Lapointe, Chad Earle and Kenny Mahoney also scored for the Caribous.
Spencer Jezegou and Ryan Graham scored for the Blades.
Also Saturday night, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts moved closer to clinching top spot in the West Division with a 6-2 win over the Eastlink CeeBee Stars Saturday night at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.
Andre Gill had a goal and two helpers to lead the charge for the league-leading Cataracts in Saturdayâ€™s contest at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.
Cam Fergus and Brandon Nicholas had a goal and an assist each for the Cats, while single markers were added to the scoring parade by Brandon Street, Andrew Pearcey and Alex Dalley.
Import Ben Duffy and Ray Dalton lit the lamp for the defending champions from Harbour Grace.
The Royals will tangle with the Flyers today 2 p.m. at the Gander Community Centre in the final showdown of the two franchises before what looks to be a first-round playoff matchup in the West.