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Red Wings send Royals packing with 6-3 victory in elimination game

Stephen Simms and Jalen Gillard of the Red Wings keep a close eye on Corner Brook Royals forward Iain Pilgrim during Friday's Game 4 of the West Coast Senior Hockey League final.
Stephen Simms and Jalen Gillard of the Red Wings keep a close eye on Corner Brook Royals forward Iain Pilgrim during Friday's Game 4 of the West Coast Senior Hockey League final. - Dave Kearsey

Red Wings take Cliff Memorial Cup back to Deer Lake

A five-goal outburst early in the third period, the first three coming in just three minutes, helped the Deer Lake Red Wings earn a sweep.

Facing elimination, the Corner Brook Royals took a 3-1 lead into the third period with a glimmer of hope of sending the West Coast Senior Hockey League best-of-seven final to a fifth game.

It wasn’t meant to be as the Red Wings owned the third period and never gave the Royals any room to get back in it.

Jalen Gillard was flying on this night, clearly the most offensive player on both sides with a two-goal game, including a short-handed marker in the first period for the only scoring play in the first 20 minutes.

Luke Parsons scored on a breakaway with a nifty wrist shot beating Dyke cleanly on the glove side and Stephen Simms scored the game-winning marker with a lazer beam from the point that went through a maze of players and over the glove of Dyke who had no chance on the play.

Brady Morey, inserted into the Deer Lake lineup with first-liners T. J. Smith and Ryan Penney out of action due to suspensions, scored the other goal for Deer Lake.

Ryan Hawco and Nicholas Childs had power-play goals for the Royals.

Jeremy Bishop, on a setup from Hawco, scored the other goal for the Royals.

The Red Wings were presented with the Cliff Gorman Memorial Cup for their championship run.

On Friday night, the Wings took a 3-0 stranglehold in the series with a 12-2 trouncing of the Royals.

Shannon Moores had a four-goal effort in the win, with Jalen Gillard netting a hat trick.

T.J. Smith, Stephen Simms, Zach Letto, Scott Flynn, and Ian Richardson also found the back of the net for the victors.

Wilf Bellows and Jeremy Bishop replied for the Royals, who trailed 4-0 after the first period and 8-0 following the second period.

Members of the winning team were, from left, (front) trainer Joseph Hayes, Frank Layte, Zach Letto, Justin Compton, Luke Parsons, Stephen Simms, Ryan Penney, Shannon Moores, Gary Hynes, and Ryan Hancock; (middle) Josh Oake, Jacob Bennett, and Mackenzie Coles; (back) general manager Perry Compton, director of operations Clyde Williams, assistant general manager Beth Williams, assistant coach Shawn Hickey, Brady Morey, Josh Easton, head coach Darren Langdon, Michael Ricketts, Jalen Gillard, Scott Flynn, Ian Richardson, and T.J. Smith.
Members of the winning team were, from left, (front) trainer Joseph Hayes, Frank Layte, Zach Letto, Justin Compton, Luke Parsons, Stephen Simms, Ryan Penney, Shannon Moores, Gary Hynes, and Ryan Hancock; (middle) Josh Oake, Jacob Bennett, and Mackenzie Coles; (back) general manager Perry Compton, director of operations Clyde Williams, assistant general manager Beth Williams, assistant coach Shawn Hickey, Brady Morey, Josh Easton, head coach Darren Langdon, Michael Ricketts, Jalen Gillard, Scott Flynn, Ian Richardson, and T.J. Smith.

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