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