The Gander Flyers celebrated a perfect weekend in Corner Brook as the purple and gold shaded the host Corner Brook Royals 4-3 in the gold-medal showdown Wednesday at the provincial peewee B hockey championship.
The Flyers, who finished first in round-robin play with a 4-0-1 record, used its size and strength advantage to upend a much smaller hometown squad in a game that saw stellar goaltending from both sides as the two teams traded two goals apiece in the opener before both teams opted for a stronger defensive effort in the middle stanza with no scoring plays.
Alex Stares and Devon Quinton scored first-period goals for the Flyers, while Eric Hanlon and Evan Bennett — with the eventual game-winning marker — dented the mesh in the third period.
Alex Griffin had both goals for the Royals in the first period and Morgan Durnford scored on a partial breakaway on a nice pass from Jessie Hickey at 4:19 of the third period to close the lead to a single goal.
Hanlon’s goal just 65 seconds into the third period gave the Flyers momentum and Bennett buried his goal at 1:57 of the third to put the hometown squad back on their heels.
Matthew Burden, a crafty forward with the Royals was awarded the Andre Stewart Memorial Award for Hardest Working Player during a presentation of the championship trophy and medals following the gold-medal contest.
Flyers captain Adam Mouland was pretty excited to win a championship by going undefeated on the road.
“It’s awesome. That’s the second one for me but for some fellas it’s three in a row. It just feels great,” Mouland said.
The Flyers won four games in round-robin play with a solid effort in both ends of the rink and had an entertaining 3-3 tie against the host Royals in their only other matchup of the tournament.
“They key was just playing our game and being aggressive,” Mouland said.
For the Royals, captain Will Keating thought his team played a good game and gave a good account of themselves throughout the three-day tournament.
Keating didn’t think it was by any means a dominant win for the opposing side.
“We did the same thing in atom they all played their hearts out, but I think they got a bit lucky. They got a few lucky bounces,” he said. “Silver isn’t bad. We really did play our best and they got a bit lucky.”
The following is a look at how things unfolded on the final day of other provincial peewee hockey tournaments held across the province this week:
The Min-Com Power Selects claimed bragging rights to the provincial peewee A hockey crown Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Bay Arena in the final at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.
The Hickman Motors Icemen of St. John’s claimed the bronze medal for the third-best record at the completion of round-robin play.
Deer Lake captured top honours at the provincial peewee C tournament in Clarenville with a 4-1 victory over Grand Falls-Windsor Tuesday at the Clarenville Events Centre.
The boys from Deer Lake finished in top spot in round-robin play with a perfect 5-0 record, wrapping up the round-robin with a 4-0 blanking of Clarenville earlier Wednesday morning.
Trinity Placentia upended the host Straits 7-5 in the final showdown at the provincial peewee D event.
The Straits wrapped up the round-robin with a 4-2 win over Bay Arena, while Stephenville finished up on a winning note with a 9-7 triumph over Goulds.
The host CeeBees won gold on home ice at the provincial peewee E event with a 3-2 win over Marystown, while Bonavista was awarded the bronze medal.
Corner Brook had to settle for silver at the provincial peewee F championship after being shaded 4-1 by St. John’s in the championship game Wednesday.
The Corner Brook squad defeated St. John’s 5-2 in a round-robin contest played Wednesday morning, but couldn’t get the job done the second time around.
Lewisporte nabbed gold at the provincial peewee G event with a 4-3 victory over Avalon Wednesday in Bishop’s Falls.
The host Bishop’s Falls squad claimed the bronze medal.
Deer Lake captured gold with a 7-3 win over Bell Island in the gold-medal showdown at the provincial peewee H tournament staged at the Polar Centre in St. Anthony.
Joshua Osbourne paved the way for the victors with a two-goal performance.
Brent Blackford had a two-goal outing for the Bell Island representatives.
The host St. Anthony Polars earned the bronze.
Springdale won gold at the provincial I tournament at the Stephenville Dome with a 2-1 triumph over CB Regional, while the bronze was snagged by Bay D’Espoir.
Sheshatshiu downed Marystown 7-4 to claim gold in Goulds with the peewee J title up for grabs.
Churchill Falls nabbed bronze.
The Gander Flyers won gold in Division A with a 2-1 win over Port aux Basques Wednesday at the Gander Community Centre.
Twillingate earned the bronze in the A bracket.
Bay Arena nabbed gold in Division B with a 2-0 victory over the CeeBees, while the bronze was awarded to St. John’s.
Botwood claimed top honours in Division C with a 2-1 triumph over Glovertown, while Twin Towns skated away with bronze medals dangling around their necks.
Clarenville picked up gold in Division D by virtue of a 5-0 win over Grand Falls-Windsor, while the bronze was claimed by Northeast.