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Red Wings eliminate Mariners from West Coast Senior Hockey League playoffs

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Luke Parsons led the West Coast Senior Hockey League in scoring with 37 points (16G-21A) over the course of the regular season.

His most important point, however, didn’t come until Friday night.

Parsons scored to break a 3-3 tie with 3:48 remaining in the contest to lift the Wings to victory in Game 4 of the best-of-five semifinal series against the Port aux Basques Mariners at the Bruce II Sports Centre.

He also scored in the first period, with TJ Smith and Jalen Gillard adding the other markers for the victors.

Jasper Dicks (2) and Jody Kelly replied for the Mariners.

Ryan Hancock earned the goaltending win over Ryley Nadon.

Kelly opened the scoring, getting the Mariners on the board at 12:24 of the first with an unassisted goal, before Parsons struck at 14:55 to knot the game at one. Gary Hynes picked up the helper on that play.

The two teams exchanged goals again in the second frame, with Dicks putting the Mariners up once more at 7:37, from Brett Robinson and Greg Edgar.

Smith evened the game for the Wings at 18:47 of the second, from Jacob Bennett and Joshua Oake.

Gillard gave the Wings the lead 1:54 into the third, from Hynes and Parsons, but Dicks brought the game back to a tie score at 9:12. Edgar and Robinson assisted on the goal.

That set the stage for Parsons eventual game-winner at 16:12, with Hynes and Gillard drawing the assists.

The Wings will now play the Corner Brook Royals in the best-of-seven league championship series beginning 8 p.m. Friday at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex in Deer Lake.

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