Caribous Earn Split with Cataracts

Updated: December 8, 2014

The Clarenville Caribous earned a split in their weekend series with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.

In game one of the series, the Clarenville Caribous came out the victors with a 7-4 win over the Cataracts.  The Caribous Fred Earle got the scoring started at the 2:02 mark of the first period to put the Clarenville squad up 1-0.  Keith Delaney made it 2-0 with a power play goal at the 17:56 mark, giving the Caribous a 2-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period, the Cataracts Luke Gallant scored to bring his team to within a single goal before the Caribous scored three goals.  First, Dustin Russell scored to make it 3-1.  Then David Victor and Brad Crann scored just 23 seconds apart to make it 5-1.  Andre Gill of the Cataracts scored to make it 5-2 Caribous after 2 periods of play.

The Cataracts stormed out in the third period to draw within a single goal of the Caribous.  Danny Wicks and Luke Gallant both scored to make it 5-4 Caribous.  Chad Denny scored to make it 6-4 before Andrew Sweetland sealed the victory with an empty net goal at the 19:58 mark, giving the Caribous a 7-4 win.

Luke Gallant led the Cataracts with 2 goals and assist for a 3 point night.  Keith Delaney had a 3 point night for the Caribous with 1 goal and 2 assists.  Despite being outshot in the game 37-29, Jason Churchill picked up the win while both AJ Whiffen and Tyler Whiffen saw action for the Cataracts.

The Cataracts stormed back in game two of the series, taking the game by a score of 6-2.  Clarenville’s starter Jason Churchill was pulled from the game allowing 5 goals on just 18 shots, something that is very uncharacteristic for this amazing goaltender.  He was replaced by backup goaltender Patty O’Brien, who was acquired earlier in the week in a trade with the Gander Flyers who picked up Terry Ryan from the Caribous.

Collin Circelli scored twice for the Cataracts, with Alex Dally, Chris Sparkes, Justin Barbour and Cam Fergus adding singles.  Dale Sullivan and Keith Delaney scored for the Caribous.

With the split in the series, the Cataracts remain in second place in the league, with 15 points (7-4-1), while the Caribous remain in third place with 13 points (6-5-1).

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