Scott Doody of the Western Royals slips a backhand past Gander Flyers' goalie Devin O'Brien during senior hockey action Friday night in Gander. — Matt Molloy/The Beacon
The Western Royals scored five goals in the second period to power past the Gander Flyers in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League Western Division semifinal, 6-4.
Former NHL player Darren Langdon and Scott Doody scored within the opening two minutes of the second period, while Matthew Thomey and Mark Robinson scored moments later to give the visiting Royals a 5-2 lead. However, Western wasn’t done there, as Doody scored on a breakaway with a nifty backhand past Devin O’Brien, who replaced starter Patty O’Brien early in the second, and the Royals took a commanding 6-2 lead into the third period.
The score stayed that way until just past the 10-minute mark, when Chad Locke scored to cut the lead to 6-3. Ryan Matheson converted on a power play minutes later, and Gander was suddenly down by just two.
However, Western’s defence stood strong the rest of the way, and held off the Flyers to clinch the series.
Flyers’ captain Peter Campbell and Jon Reid scored for the Flyers in the first period, while Justin Barbour replied for the Royals.
The Flyers handed out two awards prior to the start of Friday’s game three. Campbell was named team MVP, while Doug Hardiman earned a new award, the Flyers Heart and Soul Award.