Blades secure home-ice advantage in first round

Dave Kearsey
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HARBOUR GRACE  — The Blades will get the extra home gate in the first round of the playoffs in the East.

Ryan  Graham notched a three-goal peformance to lead the Mount Pearl H J Electric Mount Pearl Blades to a 7-3 victory over the Eastlink CeeBee Stars Saturday night to clinch second place overall in the East Division of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. The victory enabled the Blades (12-12) to finish three points ahead of the CeeBee Stars (10-13-1) to claim the extra home game in a best-of-five semifinal afffair that will get underway Saturday night at the Glacier in Mounta Pearl.

Blake Gallagher had a goal and two assists for the Blades at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.

Cory Blackmore, Steve Tilley and Mark Tobin also scored for the Blades.

Chris Sparkes, Matthew Quinn and Daniel Sparkes lit the lamp for the defending champions.

The Western Royals will open the playoff drive in a best-of-five West showdown with the Gander Flyers that will see the first two games of the series  being staged Saturday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake.

Meanwhile, the two top seeds with byes in the first round — the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in the West and the Clarenville Caribous in the East — wrapped up the regular season with a two-game showdown at the Clarenville Events Centre in a series that had no impact on the final standings.

Mitch Oake notched a hat trick Sunday to lead the Clarenville Caribous to an 8-4 win over the Cats to get the weekend split in a meaningless homestand for the Caribous.

Scoring champion Rob Hennigar had a brace of goals to lead the Cats to a 5-2 victory over the Caribous Saturday night in Clarenville.



Organizations: Blades, East Division, Newfoundland Senior Hockey League S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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