Royals end regular season on winning note

Dave Kearsey
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Playoff ride for western side begins with showdown with Flyers

Western Royals Michael Hynes rushes towards the Blades goal.

DEER LAKE  The Western Royals closed out the regular season with a 5-2 win over the Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades Saturday night at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

Matthew Thomey and Mathieu Berube had a goal and an assist to pave the way for the Royals who claimed third place overall and second in the West with an 11-9-3 record in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.

Parker Deighan, Michael Hynes and Justin Barbour also scored for the Royals, who open a best-of-seven West semifinal showdown against the Gander Flyers Feb. 15 at the Hodder.

Steven Yetman and Steve Tilley scored for the Blades, who defeated the Royals 5-4 in a shootout in Friday’s contest in Deer Lake and will square off with the Eastlink CeeBee Stars in an East best-of-seven semifinal affair with the Blades, who finished fourth overall in the six-team league.

The following is a look at other provincial senior hockey league games played over the weekend:

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts  5, Gander Flyers 1 (Saturday night)

Scoring champion Rob Hennigar scored a power play goal in his final game of the regular season as the Cataracts shaded the Flyers 5-1 in Grand Falls-Windsor Saturday night.

Andrew Pearcey was the top gun for the Cataracts with two goals and one assist, while Andrew Brennan and Kyle McGuirk added single tallies to the scoresheet.

Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4, Clarenville Caribous 3 (Saturday night)

Colin Feehan had a three-point night with a power play and short-handed tally to lead the CeeBee Stars to a victory over the East-division top seed Clarenville Caribous Saturday night in Clarenville.

Doug O’Brien and Kevin Reid scored the other goals for the defending champions based out of Harbour Grace.

Ryan Desrosiers had two power play goals for the Caribous, while Keith Keith Delaney had a goal and an an assist in a losing cause.

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 10, Gander Flyers 4 (Sunday afternoon)

Tom Fergus scored four goals and Mike Sibley had a two-goal game as the Cataracts closed out the season with a sweeep of the Flyers.

Cataracts forward Andre Gill became the only player to hit the 20-goal plateau with a two-goal game in the lopsided affair Sunday at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.

Shawn Wadden, Jonathan Reid, Matt Squires and Steve Brazil lit the lamp for the Flyers.

Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4, Clarenville Caribous 3 (SO) Sunday afternoon)

Roger Kennedy outduelled Jason Churchill in the crease in Sunday afternoon’s contest that wrapped up the regular season.

Goalscorers for Sunday’s matinee affair weren’t available at press time.

Organizations: Flyers.Eastlink CeeBee Stars 4

Geographic location: DEER LAKE

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