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Deer Lake holds early edge in West Coast Senior Hockey League final over Corner Brook

Deer Lake Red Wings' Michael Ricketts, left, and Corner Brook Royals' Matt Lundrigan battle in front of Red Wings goalie Ryan Hancock during Game 1 of the West Coast Senior Hockey League best-of-seven final at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake on Friday night.
Deer Lake Red Wings' Michael Ricketts, left, and Corner Brook Royals' Matt Lundrigan battle in front of Red Wings goalie Ryan Hancock during Game 1 of the West Coast Senior Hockey League best-of-seven final at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake on Friday night. - Photo by Roxanne Ryland

A hat trick performance from Luke Parsons on Saturday night helped power the Deer Lake Red Wings to a dominating 7-1 victory over the Corner Brook Royals.

Mackenzie Coles also had a nice night at the Corner Brook Civic Centre, picking up a pair of goals, as the Wings took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven West Coast Senior Hockey League final.

Jalen Gillard and Shannon Moores both potted single markers in the win.

Adam Guy was the lone marksman for the home side.

Moores scored the only goal of the first period, unassisted, at 3:26.

Parsons made it a 2-0 game at 12:33 of the middle stanza, from Ryan Penney and Mitchell White, before Gillard’s goal at 15:57, from Matthew Roche, put the visitors up by three.

The Wings piled it on in the third period, with Parsons starting the scoring at 4:54, from Penney. He then completed his hat trick, on the power play, from Penney and TJ Smith at 7:21.

Guy made it a 5-1 game at 10:29, unassisted, but the Red Wings replied quickly with a goal from Coles at 15:00.

Coles closed out the scoring, at 17:28, from Gillard.

Ryan Hancock earned the win in net, making 47 saves in the process, while Bradley Power turned aside 36 shots in the loss.

The game was a chippy affair, with the two teams combining for 130 minutes in penalties — 93 of those going to the Royals.

On Friday night at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake, the Wings took Game 1 by a 6-4 count.

Smith scored twice in the win, with Moores, Parsons, Gillard and Roche providing the rest of the damage.

Ryan Hawco, Jonathan Guy, Ryan Meade and Lucas Wiseman got on the board for the Royals.

Hancock was the winning netminder, with Bradley Dyke suffering the defeat.

The series resumes with Game 3 at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

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