Flyers Dominate Royals in NLSHL

Updated: January 5, 2014
Gander Flyers vs Western Royals | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

Flyers Dominate Royals in NLSHL

The Gander Flyers showed up and dominated the Western Royals at the Hodder Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) action resumed. The game was the only NLSHL match-up to take place this weekend after other series were cancelled due to weather and power outages.

With the win, the Gander Flyers moved out of the basement in the standings, taking two points to move ahead of the Conception Bay CeeBees.

From the opening face-off, the Flyers dominated play, rendering the hometown Western Royals struggling to find their legs. Sean Wadden of the Flyers opened the scoring at just 82 seconds of the first period, scoring from the slot on a snapshot over the glove of Royals goalie Bryan Gillis. Grant Donovan scored shortly after at 4:21, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead with a short-handed goal. Chad Locke made it 3-0 scoring at 6:07 of the opening frame.

The second period was again dominated by the Flyers when James Lanning scored to make it 4-0 after streaking in on Gillis on a partial breakaway. Brad Slaney scored to make the game 5-0 after 2 periods.

Ed Kearsey made a goalie switch, removing Gillis from the net for the Royals but that didn’t stop the Flyers attack. Matthew Quinn scored for the Gander squad on the power play at just 8:20 of the third period, making the score 6-0. The Royals Michael Hynes scored on a powerplay with a nifty tick-tack-toe play with Darren Langdon and Mark Robinson at 15:43. Justin Barbour scored at 18:17 to make the score 6-2.

The match-up saw the Flyers not only dominate offensively but they were solid defensively, bottling the Royals up for most of the game. The Royals play has been typical all season. when they show up to play, they are competitive. When they don’t show up, the competition has an easy time with them.

The dark mark on the Royals came in the second period when import Parker Deighan received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct with under 4 minutes to play in the period. His frustrations were obvious but the Royals fans sounded their displeasure as their player skated off the ice.

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