Kennedy’s hat trick helps power tour guides past Gulls

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Gros Morne Gulls’ Jason Knott, left, and Marble Zip Tours’ Greg Sharp chase after a loose ball during play at the Kinsmen Arena II Tuesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Five first-period goals, including a natural hat trick from Colton Kennedy, helped Marble Zip Tours sink the Gros Morne Wildlife Museum Gulls Tuesday night.

Scott Wayson, Ryan Penney and Adam Guy picked up the other markers for the tour guides in the victory.

Brandon Hynes was the lone scorer for the Gulls.

Scott Walsh outdueled Rob Roberts in goal.

“We played hard and got off to a good start,” said Kennedy. “We just got a lot of shots on net, got the ball to the net and drove to the net ... that’s about it.”

Wayson started the scoring at 13:43 of the first, assisted by Colton and Jordan Kennedy.

Penney made it a 2-0 game at 13:29, from Wayson and Jordan Kennedy.

The tour guides went up by three at 7:29, with Colton Kennedy’s first goal of the game. Jeremy Schwartz picked up the helper.

The second goal of the hat trick came at 5:57, from Andrew Smith, while the third came at 4:44, with Daniel Smith and Greg Sharp assisting on the play.

Hynes gave the Gulls a brief glimmer of hope by scoring with 1:26 to go in the first half, assisted by Ben Murphy and Brady Griffin-Hefford.

Not much came of that goal, however, as Guy capped the scoring for the tour guides at 5:15 of the second half. Colton Kennedy and Schwartz picked up the assists.

The tour guides are currently tied for first place in the league with the Molson Luxury Limo Rangers, which Kennedy attributed to every facet of the team’s game firing on all cylinders.

“We’re playing hard and moving the ball well,” he said. “Our goalie is holding up well and the D is playing hard.”

He sympathized with the Gulls, acknowledging they’ve got a solid team as well.

“It’s just hard to come back when you fall down four or five goals,” he said.

Gulls captain Kerry Shears said his team’s slow start didn’t help them much on this night.

“It was more just getting behind the eight-ball,” he said. “It was too hard to run with them for some reason.

“It’s the worst start we had all season,” he said. “Every other game has been one-goal games, but tonight we never had the wind.”

But the biggest issue, he said, was in how the game broke down for them positionally and they wound up chasing after the ball.

“I told the boys when we came back into the dressing room, we’re all soaking wet and we lost 6-1,” he said. “There’s something we’re not doing right in this situation.”

With a player like Hynes, who leads the league in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists, expectations were large for the Gulls, at least from those on the team. That hasn’t resulted in many victories, however, but Shears said the important thing is what the team does when the games really matter.

“We’ve always got different lines and different bodies — some nights we’ve got 10, some nights we’ve got 15,” he said.

“The big thing is to try to get them all in and ready for the playoffs.”

The following are summaries of the other league games on Tuesday night:

Rangers 4, AJ’s 1

Mike White scored a pair of goals, while Tim Caines and Kyle Wright had the others as the Rangers defeated AJ’s.

Les Park replied for the losing side.

Adam Hicks earned the goaltending win over Dale Wells.

Macavery’s 4, North Shore Tin Men 2

Josh Skinner had a hat trick, while Shane Hunt added a single marker for the victors.

Rick Crane and Kyle Murrin did the damage for the Tin Men.

Scott Walsh earned the goaltending win against Peter Parsons.

Both the Rangers and tour guides have identical 7-1-0 records, followed by Macavery’s at 5-3-0. The McHugh’s RiverDogz are 4-2-1, ahead of AJ’s at 2-5-1. The Gulls fall to 2-6-0 on the season, while the Tin Men drop to 0-6-1.

Organizations: Gros Morne Wildlife Museum Gulls, Molson, The McHugh

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