FLY­ERS OPEN SEA­SON WITH TWO WINS OVER CARI­BOUS

Next home games are Nov. 18 and 19

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front Page - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

It couldn’t have been a bet­ter week­end for Gan­der Fly­ers fans – on home ice at the Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the open­ing week­end for the Cen­tral West Se­nior A Hockey League, and back-to-back vic­to­ries against the Clarenville Cari­bous.

Fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s 4-1 win, the Fly­ers squared off on Sun­day to cap­ture a nail­biter 6-5 win.

Bran­don Hynes, Mitch Oake and Jor­dan Es­cott net­ted goals for the Fly­ers in the first pe­riod. The Cari­bous saw con­tri­bu­tions from Bran­don Roach and Justin Pen­der.

In the sec­ond, Scott Doody and Hynes con­tin­ued to fur­ther the Fly­ers’ cause. How­ever, Jor­dan Kennedy and Kevin Reid kept the Cari­bous within one goal.

Brad Power would pro­vide the game-win­ner for the Fly­ers mid-way through the third. While the Cari­bous were able to pick up a goal with Ryan Des­rosiers, it wasn’t enough to force over­time.

From a num­ber of as­pects, gen­eral man­ager Garry White called it a great open­ing week­end.

“From our new staff and re­turn­ing staff, to the play­ers and fans, there were a lot of pos­i­tives all around,” said White.

“We’ve ac­com­plished what we set out to do, build­ing a team that wanted to play with high en­ergy and pur­pose, and I think they proved that this week­end.”

He also praised the be­hind scenes ef­forts of the coach­ing staff, from the mes­sage ther­a­pist to the trainer, equip­ment man­agers and numer­ous other vol­un­teers re­quired to of­fer the week­end games.

“They kept things run­ning seam­lessly,” he said.

And squar­ing off against the Cari­bous, whose play­ers have been skat­ing to­gether for years, White knew it was go­ing to be a chal­leng­ing se­ries for Fly­ers, who only skated to­gether as a whole dur­ing the warm-up prior to the game. Away play­ers were de­layed dur­ing prac­tise the night be­fore.

“Go­ing right into the first week­end you’re a lit­tle bit ap­pre­hen­sive and ner­vous, but all that was un­founded be­cause ev­ery­one done their job and done it ex­tremely well,” he said.

It re­sulted in sup­port in the stands. Close to 900 at­tended the league’s open­ing night, and was in the mid-500s the next day.

White con­tin­ues to en­cour­age that sup­port.

The Fly­ers are off next week­end, but are set to re­turn on Nov. 18-19 to play home games against the east coast teams the Con­cep­tion Bay Blues on Satur­day, and the South­ern Shore Break­ers on Sun­day.

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The Gan­der Fly­ers took on the Clarenville Cari­bous in the open­ing se­ries of the Cen­tral West Se­nior A Hockey League this past week­end.

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

The Fly­ers are set to re­turn on Nov. 18-19 to play home games against the Con­cep­tion Bay Blues and the South­ern Shore Break­ers.

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

The home­town Fly­ers bested the Cari­bous in both match-ups.

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