Royals win 5-3
DEER LAKE The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts made a slight comeback in the third period but it wasn’t enough, as the Western Royals won 5-3.
Down 3-1 at the end of the second, the Cataracts forward Andre Gill popped one past Royals goaltender Bryan Gillis, but the Royals answered that about three minutes later with a goal by Mark Robinson, making it 4-2.
Remaining persistent, the Central Newfoundland team put another one on the board with a Cam Fergus goal, but after a timeout, the Cataracts pulled the team goalie AJ Whiffen and Michael Hynes took advantage with an empty net goal. The Royals won the game 5-3 to the delight of the hometown crowd.
Penalties handed out in the third include those to Adam Guy of the Royals for roughing and Sam Hounsell of the Cataracts for tripping.
The win puts the Western Royals at 8-7-2 in the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League, while the Cataracts, in spite of the loss, retain first place with a 12-3-0 record.
The Royals head east Sunday to face the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in their hometown.
No score in second, Royals still up 3-1
DEER LAKE With two periods done in the West Coast Senior Hockey matchup between the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and the hometown Western Royals, the Royals are still up 3-1.
The period saw equal chances for both teams but Royals goalie Bryan Gillis and Cataracts’ goalie AJ Whiffen kept the score from increasing for either team in spite of several power plays.
Royals Matthew Thomey was penalized for tripping near the start of the game, then several minutes later Michael Brent of the Cataracts also received a tripping penalty. Nathan Saunders of the Royals was penalized for tripping a few minutes later.
Going into this game the Cataracts are in first place in the league with a 12-2 record. The Royals are in fourth with a 7-6-2 record.
Royals up 3-1 at end of first
DEER LAKE After a fairly slow start the Corner Brook Royals are up 3-1 over the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
The Cataracts opened the scoring at 16:09 of the first period with a goal by forward Kyle McQuirk. The Royals answered just over three minutes later with a goal by Matthieu Berube.
A few minutes later Cataracts players Mike Sibley and Alex Dalley both received penalties resulting in a double power play for the Royals. The Westerners took advantage with a goal by Justin Barbour just over a minute later.
Barbour added his second goal with less than four minutes to go in the first period.
The Western Royals game at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex is about three quarters full, with some fans in from Central Newfoundland for the game.