Royals & Flyers Split Series

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Updated: December 7, 2014

The Gander Flyers are currently sitting in last place in the Central West Newfoundland Senior Hockey League but given their performance this past weekend, that may change.

Heading into Corner Brook to face the first place Royals, the Gander Flyers had signed a few new players that they were hoping would help turn the team’s fortunes around.  One of the additions was Blake Gallagher, no stranger to the senior hockey scene here in Newfoundland.  His impact was felt immediately in game one.  Gallagher scored one of the first period goals that put the Flyers up 2-0 after the first period of play.  Sean Wadden scored the other first period marker for the Gander squad.

The Royals battled back when Hunter Tremblay buried the rebound behind the Flyers new netminder Wayne Savage, drawing the Corner Brook team to within a single goal.  The Royals import Phil Mangan scored to tie the game as he made some nifty moves to score.  Mike Hynes from the Royals sealed the win for the Corner Brook team.

Even though the Flyers dropped game one of the series, it was obvious that the Flyers import goalie Wayne Savage was going to be a factor heading into game two.  He made several key saves to keep his team close but the Flyers offense fell short despite their the efforts of their goalie.

Despite dropping game one of the series, the Flyers came back in game two determined to earn the split.  The Flyers Steve Brazil scored at the 5:58 mark of the first period to give the Gander team a 1-0 lead after the first period.  The Flyers were outshot 16-9 in the first period as Savage made several key saves to keep his team in the lead.

In the second period, the Royals dominated for almost the entire period but it was the Flyers Doug Hardiman that scored on a goal that the Royals goalie never saw as he was partially screened on the shot.  There was a moment of brief controversy as the Royals apparently scored on a blast from the circle.  The puck squarely hit what appeared to be the post and bounced out immediately.  The referee was in great position and immediately waved it off despite some protest by the Royals Phil Mangan.  The Flyers lone goal in the period gave them a 2-0 lead in the game despite being outshot 32-16 after two period of play.

In the third period, the Royals struck at the 1:27 mark as Matt Bragg scored to close within a single goal of the Flyers.  The Flyers then appeared to have put the game away as they scored two goals in 27 seconds as Jordan Escott and Matt Quinn put the Flyers up 4-1 with just 10 minutes left to play.  However, the Royals Hunter Tremblay fired a bullet past Wayne Savage and then Phil Mangan scored just 33 second later to make the score 4-3 Flyers.  Gander’s Sean Wadden put the Flyers up 5-3 but the Royals scored with just under 4 minutes to play as Hynes made it 5-4.

The Gander Flyers hung on for the win and it was obvious that the difference was Wayne Savage who faced a total of 50 shots.

The Royals played exceptionally well and their goaltender Bryan Gillis made several key saves throughout the contest.  The Flyers appeared content to sit and wait for the Royals to make a mistake.  They capitalized on several odd man rushes and made the most of their 25 shots to squeak out the 5-4 win and earning the split.

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