CORNER BROOK Ian Woolfrey won his fourth-straight game and Derian Gould notched a hat trick as the Western Kings shaded the St. Johnâs Maple Leafs 8-5 Saturday night to sweep the best-of-seven semifinal series.
Woolfrey had a strong game between the pipes, holding off a late surge from the Maple Leafs and stopping a penalty shot attempt by Andrew Paul in the process, as the Kings earned the right to defend its provincial major midget hockey league crown in a couple of weeks. The Kings will play the winner of the other semfinal series between the Central IcePak and Tri-Pen Osprey.
The Kings, fresh off a brace of 5-4 wins over the second-seed Maple Leafs in the capital city, put the townies on the brink of elimination with a 5-1 victory in Game 3 Friday night at the Kinsmen Arena II.
On Saturday night, the Kings held a comfortable 5-2 lead but the Maple Leafs put it all on the line and eventually knotted the contest at five goals apiece, but the Kings would claw back to score the next three goals to put the game out of reach.
Shannon Moores and Brady Griffin-Hefford had big games for the Kings in the clinching win with two goals apiece, while Mike Lundrigan scored a huge goal in a limited role on the fourth line and Tommy Ryan picked up five assists.
Andrew Paul had a two-goal game for the Maple Leafs, while single markers were added to the scoring parade by Daniel Toope, Matthew Smith and Ryan Kenny.
On Friday night, the Kings scored four power-play goals, two of them in the third period, to eke out a 5-1 victory to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series on home ice.
Shannon Moores, Iian Pilgrim, Ryan Gillam, Nathan Ellsworth and Jordan Richards scored for the Kings.
Bobby Upshall scored for the Maple Leafs.