Cari­bous up 2-0 at the Herder

Clarenville beats St. John’s Greensleeves Caps 4-3 and 5-2

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS

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

go-ahead goal.

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.”

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS PHOTO

Ryan De­laney tied it up 2-2 on Satur­day night in the dy­ing min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod.

BAR­BARA DEAN-SIM­MONS PHOTO

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

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