FLYERS OPEN SEASON WITH TWO WINS OVER CARIBOUS
Next home games are Nov. 18 and 19
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.
The Gander Flyers took on the Clarenville Caribous in the opening series of the Central West Senior A Hockey League this past weekend.
The Flyers are set to return on Nov. 18-19 to play home games against the Conception Bay Blues and the Southern Shore Breakers.
The hometown Flyers bested the Caribous in both match-ups.