Fly­ers fin­ish CWESHL sea­son in first place

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

It was an in­tense week­end of hockey in Gan­der for Fly­ers’ fans.

The Fly­ers needed back-to­back wins to se­cure first place in the Cen­tral West Se­nior Hockey League.

And much to the de­light of the fans, the Fly­ers didn’t dis­ap­point. In Satur­day’s game, the Fly­ers downed the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts 4-2, and at Sun­day’s game, the team de­feated the Clarenville Cari­bous 8-5.

Claim­ing the top spot at the end of the sea­son pro­vided the Fly­ers with a bye into the league’s cham­pi­onships.

The Cari­bous and Cataracts will now face each other in a play­off se­ries. The win­ner will face the Fly­ers in the fi­nals.

As of dead­line, the League had not posted the play­off sched­ule.

Satur­day

The Fly­ers es­tab­lished them­selves at the Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in the first pe­riod with a 3-2 lead. Jor­dan Es­cott, Ryan Ma­then­son and An­drew Paul would score, with Rodi Short and An­drew Bren­nan pick­ing up goals for the Cataracts.

The home­town team main­tained that lead through­out the sec­ond and into the third. The Fly­ers con­tin­ued to press for an as­sur­ance goal, which came in the form of empty net­ter from Es­cott with 53 sec­onds left on the clock.

Sun­day

The last pe­riod of hockey in the last game of reg­u­lar play at the Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­day af­ter­noon de­ter­mined who would fin­ish the Cen­tral West Se­nior Hockey sea­son in first-place.

The Fly­ers took con­trol of the game early, pick­ing up a 2-1 lead in the first pe­riod.

Jor­dan Es­cott and Mitch Oake net­ted the goals for the Fly­ers. Ryan DesRosiers pro­vided the Cari­bous with their first point of the game.

In the sec­ond the Fly­ers started what seemed like a run­way game, with goals from Oake and Es­cott, and two from Bran­don Hynes.

Mike Dyke would pick up a goal early in the sec­ond for the Cari­bous, but the team would fall be­hind 6-2 be­fore start­ing to chip away at the deficit by pick­ing up three goals – scored by Mike Dyke, Chris Sparkes, DesRosiers and Kenny Ma­honey – be­fore the pe­riod ended.

Into the third, af­ter killing off the re­main­der of a car­ry­over penalty, the Fly­ers net­ted an as­sur­ance goal from An­drew Paul. Brett Shute pro­vided the empty net­ter in the dy­ing sec­onds of the pe­riod to shore up the 8-5 win for the Fly­ers.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Af­ter a hard-fought week­end se­ries, the Gan­der Fly­ers fin­ished the Cen­tral West Se­nior Hockey League sea­son in first place.

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