Royals will have to regroup on home ice after being swept on road

Dave Kearsey
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GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR  It doesn’t really matter what time of year it is Andre Gill has a knack around the net.

Fresh of a regular season where he scored 24 goals in 24 goals, Gill scored four goals to lead the top seed Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts to a 5-2 triumph over the Western Royals Sunday afternoon.

The victory gives the Cats a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven West final in the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League after the Cataracts won the series opener Saturday night 4-3 in overtime at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.

Gill scored two goals in the first period of Sunday’s contest to put the Cats in a comfortable position on home ice and then got the natural hat trick with his third-straight coming early in the second period.

Brandon Street scored the other goal for the Cats, while Gill’s fourth at 7:09 of the final stanza put the dagger in the heart of the Western boys who head home facing a 2-0 deficit with the series resuming Saturday night at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

Parker Deighan scored an unassisted marker at 15:15 of the second period to spoil A J Whiffen’s shutout bid and former Cataracts fourth-line plugger Colin Power scored for the Royals in the dying minutes of the third period to round out the scoring parade in Game 2.

On Saturday night, Rob Hennigar’s overtime goal lifted the Cataracts to a 4-3 overtime win over the Royals in the series opener.

Played in front of a packed Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium, Hennigar one-timed a Cam Fergus cross-ice pass by Bryan Gillis not even two minutes into the extra frame to allow the Cats to draw first blood in a series that is expected to be a tough battle in the quest for the right to represent the West in the Herder Memorial Championship Series.

Hennigar added a power-play goal to the scoring summary for the Cats, while fellow import sniper Cam Fergus and linemate Andrew Brennan also scored in regulation time.

Justin Babour scored a power-play goal for the Royals, while Scott Doddy and Parker Deighan rounded out the scoring for the Royals.

Deighan’s goal with only 42.8 seconds left in regulation forced the extra period.

The following is a look at how things unfolded in the first two games of the East best-of-seven final between the Clarenville Caribous and Mount Pearl HJ Bartlett Electric Blades:

Clarenville Caribous 6, Mount Pearl Blades 4

Goalscorers for Sunday’s Game 2 of the series weren’t available at press time.

Clarenville Caribous 4, Mount Pearl Blades 3 (OT)

Journeyman forward Terry Ryan scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Caribous the win in the series opener Saturday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Keith Delaney, Ryan Desrosiers and Dale Sullivan scored in regulation for the Caribous, who had a comfortable lead until the Blades rattled off three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Sullivan scored for the Caribous late in the third period to force overtime.

Ryan Graham, Spencer Jezegou and Dane Marshall lit the lamp for the Blades.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League

Geographic location: GRAND FALLS, Brandon Street, Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium

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