Western Kings win two on the road to open playoffs

Dave Kearsey
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ST. JOHN’S  — A brace of 5-4 wins on the road has the Colemans Western Kings in the driver’s seat heading home.

The Kings defeated the St. John’s Maple Leafs 5-4 in double overtime Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in a Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League best-of-seven semifinal series.

Jamie Penney’s goal at 11:35 of the second overtime period gave the defending champions a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Bussey Arena in St. John’s.

The Kings opened the road trip with a 5-4 win Saturday night at Feildian Gardens in the capital city. The series shifts to the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook with games scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Kings captain Jordan Richards, awarded the league’s most gentlemanly and effective player for this season, had a goal and two helpers for the Kings in Sunday’s triumph.

Brady Griffin-Hefford, Jalen Gillard and Lucas McKay also dented the twine for the Kings, who got stellar puckstopping from Ian Woolfrey in both games.

Andrew Paul had a two-goal game for the Maple Leafs, while Adam Caines and Bobby Upshall added single tallies to the scoring parade.

On Saturday night, Griffin-Hefford scored two goals to lead the charge for the Kings.

Richards, McKay and Shannon Moores rounded out the scoring for the winners.

Paul, Cody Barron, Andrew Barron and Nick Roberts replied for the Maple Leafs.

Meanwhile, the other best-of-seven semifinal series between the top seed Central IcePak and Tri-Pen Osprey is knotted at one game apiece after the two teams battled over the weekend in an effort to earn a berth in the final.

Curtis Barrett posted the shutout and Adam Dawe notched a hat trick as the IcePak blanked the Osprey 4-0 Sunday morning at the Lewisporte Stadium to even the series at one game apiece.

Ben Avery tallied a short-handed marker for the Osprey, while Jordan Maher, the league’s top scorer and Most Valuable Player during the regular campaign, collected two assists.

On Saturday night, Riley Akerman had a strong game between the pipes as the Osprey upset the top seed 3-1 in the series opener.

Andrew Churchill, Nathaniel Duffett and Conal McNamara scored for the Osprey.

Maher scored the lone goal for the league champions.



Organizations: Maple Leafs, Colemans Western Kings, Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League Rogers Bussey Arena Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: Feildian Gardens, Corner Brook, Lewisporte Stadium

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