Royals down Flyers 5-2 to take stranglehold on series

Dave Kearsey
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The Western Royals took a commanding 2-0 lead in a best-of-five West semifinal series with a 5-2 victory over the Gander Flyers in Newfoundland Senior Hockey League play Sunday at the Hodder in Deer Lake.

Chris Peach, Darren Langdon, Michael Hynes, Stephen Simms and Matthew Thomey scored for the Royals Sunday with import puckstopper Bryan Gillis back between the pipes for the Royals after missing the opener Saturday night.

The Royals won the series opener with a 7-4 victory Saturday night at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

Justin Barbour and Michael Hynes had three-point games, including a brace of goals, and linemate Darren Langdon set up all four goals to  lead the Royals to a dominant 7-4 triumph in the series opener.

Scott Doody, Matthew Thomey and Andrew Smith rounded out the scoring parade for the Royals, who also had Parker Deighan and Colin Power arrive late for the game but both managed to get a few shifts in during the later stages of the game.

Ryan Penney had two assists for the Royals and provided the team with some energy and grit along the walls in a contest that was fairly tame from start to finish other than the odd exchange of pleasantries on stoppages of play around the net.

Chad Locke broke Dyke’s bid for a shutout at 9:59 of the second stanza with the Royals holding a comfortable 4-0 lead after scoring three goals — Barbour, Smith and Thomey — in the first 112 seconds of the second period.

Peter Campbell and Mitch Flynn scored for the Flyers in the third to make it interesting, but the Royals wouldn’t have any part of a comeback from the purple and gold.

Brad Dyke was pressed into action in the series opener when import puckstopper Bryan Gillis didn’t arrive on time for the game because of issues with his flight from Halifax. The big netminder made 33 saves to preserve the victory as the Flyers pressed in the third period, but couldn’t get the job done as the western boys seemed content to just play safe hockey and keep the puck out of harm’s way by committee.

Meanwhile, the Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades took a commanding 2-0 lead in a best-of-five East semifinal series with a 5-2 victory Saturday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Cory Blackmore had a hat trick to seal the deal for the Blades.

Ryan Graham had a goal and two assists, while Chris Mooney scored the other goal and import Spencer Jezegou picked up a trio of helpers.

Doug O’Brien and Colin Feehan replied for the CeeBee Stars.

The Blades opened the series with a 4-3 win in Game 1 Friday night in Mount Pearl.

Mount Pearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades 4, Eastlink CeeBee Stars 3 (Friday night)

Steve Yetman had two goals and one assist, while Mark Tobin and Chris Mooney had a goal and two helpers apiece as the Blades eked out a 4-3 victory in the series opener Friday night at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

Matt Quinn, Chris Sparkes and Colin Feehan replied for the defending champions.

Both series resumes Friday. The Royals head to Gander for Game 3 Friday night, while the defending champion Eastlink CeeBeeStars will try to stave off elimination at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace Friday night.

 

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Mount Pearl

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