Cataracts Secure Western Division

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Updated: January 26, 2014
Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts secured top place in the western division of the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League with a 6-2 victory over the Eastlink CeeBee Stars on Saturday night.  The win also keeps them 2 points ahead of the Clarenville Caribous who are nipping at their heels for first place overall in the league.

The Cataracts Cam Fergus got the team on the scoreboard when he scored on the power play at 16:53 assisted by Andre Gill and Rob Hennigar.  The CeeBees were unable to capitalize on several power plays in the period as the Cataracts penalty kill unit stepped up their effort.  The Cats took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 1 period.

In the second period, Andre Gill scored at 7:14, unassisted to give the Cataracts a 2-0 lead.  Just 2 minutes later the CeeBee Stars closed the gap when Ben Duffy popped a power play marker on a goal assisted by Mike Dyke and Jordan Escott.  The game remained close until the final minutes of the second period until Brandon Nicholas scored at 19:17 of the frame, assisted by Sammy Hounsell and Greg Hoffe.

The third period was all Cataracts as Andrew Piercey, Brandon Street and Alex Dalley all scored within a 7-minute streak, making the game 6-1.  Ray Dalton of the CeeBees added a goal late in the period to make the final score 6-2.

Andre Gill was the big scorer for the Cataracts with a three point night scoring a goal and adding 2 assists.  Teammates Brandon Nicholas and Cam Fergus picked up a goal and an assist each for the win.  AJ Whiffen picked up the win in net for the Cataracts, facing 27 shots.  Roger Kennedy faced 36 shots for the loss.

With the win, the Cataracts sit in first place in the league standing and first place in the western division, 8 points ahead of the Western Royals in the division.  While the Royals have a mathematical shot to tie the Cataracts, it would require the Cataracts losing all five remaining games without picking up a point and the Royals winning all remaining games.  However, that would still leave the Cataracts with 15 wins compared to 14 wins (with 2 shootout losses) for the Royals and under Hockey Canada rules, that would still guarantee the Cataracts first place in the division.

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