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Caribous Hang On For Win
The Clarenville Caribous were a little hungry after a shoot-out loss against the Corner Brook Royals the night before and it showed by their play on the ice. The Caribous out skated the Royals early on and bottled up their opponents in the neutral zone before striking on the power play. Ryan Desrosiers scored at the 9:17 mark on a goal assisted by Keith Delaney and Matt Bragg.
The Royals battled back just 2 minutes later to tie the score when Michael Hynes beat the Caribous goalie Ryan Mior. However, the Clarenville team were relentless in their attack and scored late in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after the first period despite being out-shot 13-11 but it was evident that the Caribous had the far better scoring chances, capitalizing on their opportunities.
The Royals battled back midway through the second period when Derick Martin scored to even the score at 2-2 but the Clarenville Caribous stepped it up a notch, scoring two unanswered goals, a short-handed goal by Mitchell Oake and the eventual winner by Chad Earle to take a 4-2 lead into the dressing room.
Early in the third period, the Royals goalie Brian Gillis made several huge saves to keep his team in the game and to give his teammates a chance at the win. Even with the Caribous dominating the first half of the third period, the Corner Brook Royals sprung to life in the late minutes of the third period and threw everything they had at the Caribous, with import Phil Mangan eventually scoring at the 19:14 mark of the third to pull within a single goal. The Corner Brook Royals pressed the action and threw everything at Mior. Mior stood tall in the net, making several great saves in the dying seconds of the third period, allowing his Caribous to take the game with a 4-3 win.
The Royals outshot the Caribous 15-8 in the third period, with the majority of those shots being great scoring chances in the last two minutes of the game. The fans that stuck it out for the entire game were treated to some of the most action packed hockey in the final minutes of the game.
With the win and the shoot-out loss on Saturday night, the Caribous sit in second place, just 1 point ahead of the Royals. There is no denying that this season is going to be exciting given the performance of the Clarenville Caribous and the new look Corner Brook Royals. Check out all the discussion on the Newfoundland Hockey Talk Discussion Forum.