Caribous up 2-0 in Herder finals
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. Game three of the Herder finals is set for this Friday night at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay.
On Sunday, game two was also a hotly contested affair, leading to a 5-2 win for the ‘Bous.
Like game one, the visiting 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 From the Vault – April 9, 2011 Leo Blackmore of Newtown, enjoys a cup of morning coffee with his father. Mr. Blackmore is the recipient of a new, modified van to fit his needs.
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 five-minute power play, during which Cap Jeremy Barron was given a twominute 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.”
Russell added the Caps are a skilled hockey team with a good coaching staff that came at the ‘Bous with tough and tenacious play and they expect more of the same in game three on Friday.
Coach Bray: ‘Dirty hit’ leads to injuries for Caps
While Caps head coach Wally Bray told The Packet his team battled with the Caribous over the first two games of the series, two major injuries will hurt them and their chances.
Two strengthening pickups Jeremy Nicholas and Brandon Pye were injured on two separate hits in the game. Bray says Pye has a separated shoulder and Nicholas has a concussion and injured rotator cuff — putting them out of the lineup indefinitely.
Bray was quick to add the hit that injured Nicholas was a “dirty hit from behind” by Ryan Desrosiers — who received a game misconduct on the play.
“They were two strong pickups for us, it’s going to affect the team,” said Bray.
He says, in game three, they’re hoping to “come back, battle every shift, play 60 minutes hard and fight as hard as you can.”
When asked what he thinks their chances are in the remainder of the series, Bray said, “we’re going to try our best.”
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