Caribous up 2-0 at the Herder
Clarenville beats St. John’s Greensleeves Caps 4-3 and 5-2
The Clarenville Ford Caribous snatched two home wins to begin the Herder Memorial championships against the St. John’s Greensleeves Caps. The ‘Bous now lead the best-ofseven series 2-0 heading on the road.
On Saturday night’s game one, Clarenville held on for a close 4-3 victory.
The Caps were the first team on the board in the opening period, scoring with 4:16 remaining in the first, when Jacob Pitchers tallied for the visiting team.
The visitors were able to extend the lead to 2-0 after Caribous’ goaltender Tyler Whiffen was left hung out to dry in a one-on-one situation.
Before the end of the first, the Caribous cut the lead to one, sending the home fans into a frenzy with Chris Sparkes’ marker.
After pushing the offence in the second, Caribous’ veteran Ryan Delaney drew the score 2-2.
Clarenville captain Dustin Russell put his team ahead after the ‘Bous killed off a penalty in the third.
With eight minutes left in the game, the Caps tied it up 3-3 on a goal from Roger Pender.
But after drawing an elbowing penalty with five minutes remaining in the contest, Kevin Reid scored on the power play to put the Caribous up again, this time 4-3 — enough to complete a game one win for Clarenville.
On Sunday, game two was also a hotly contested affair, leading to a 5-2 win for the ‘Bous.
Like game one, the visiting Keith Delaney scores for the Caribous in the first period of game two on Sunday.
Caps opened the scoring in the first period. Cody Squires scored with about seven minutes left in the frame. But before the end of the period, the ‘Bous leveled the game 1-1, when Keith Delaney tallied for the home team.
Beginning the second on the power play due to the Caps taking an elbowing penalty at the end of the first, the Caribous made good on the man advantage. Brandon Roach scored the
About midway through the second, Caribou Ryan Desrosiers was given a game misconduct after boarding Jeremy Nicholas. Nicholas remained down on the ice for a few minutes, but skated off on his own steam.
Despite pressing throughout, the Caps were unable to score on the ensuing fiveminute power play, during which Cap Jeremy Barron was
given a two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.
At the end of the second, with the score 2-1, the Caribous added to their lead when Keith Delaney roofed his second goal of the game.
In the opening minute of the third, Clarenville forward Chad Earle fooled St. John’s goalie Kyle Downer with a wrister that found the top corner, making the score 4-1. The Caps answered about 10 minutes later as Ryan Power scored with a slapshot that he carried over the blueline, eluding Clarenville netminder Tyler Whiffen.
But from there, the Caribous put the game away on a point shot from Justin Pender for a final score of 5-2.
Game three is set for this Friday night at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay.
Coach Russell says two home wins ‘crucial’
Caribous head coach Rebecca Russell told The Packet after game two, going up 2-0 at home is crucial going into the next three on the road.
“We’ve done a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to continue to work on,” said Russell.
She says, while she doesn’t think they played at their best in game one on Saturday, they managed to get the win.
“It’s ups-and-downs but we still managed to put together two wins and we can’t complain about that.”
Ryan Delaney tied it up 2-2 on Saturday night in the dying minutes of the second period.
Both goalies faced intense pressure throughout the second and third periods on Saturday night as the Caribous and Caps battled to claim the win. Tyler Whiffen stood in the net for the Caribous this weekend, while Kyle Downer faced the shots for the Caps