Cats Take 3-1 Series Lead

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Updated: February 14, 2016

Down 2-0 in the series, the Gander Flyers had their backs to the wall on Saturday night as first place Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts rolled into town.  The Gander Flyers were coming off two big losses at the Joe Byrne Arena and looking for their first modern day playoff victory since returning to action in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.

Just as they had done in the first two games of the series, the Flyers struck first, as Andrew Ryan scored at the 8:35 mark to make it 1-0 Flyers.  Just a little 90 seconds later, the Cataracts Steve Yetman knotted the score, making it 1-1 after one period of play.  The Cataracts Cam Fergus and league scoring champion made it 2-1 on the power play.  The Flyers responded just over 2 minutes later as Ray Dalton scored to tie the game at 2.  Jordan Escott of the Flyers made it 3-2 Flyers as the Gander squad took a 3-2 lead into the dressing room after two periods.

In the third period, Alex Dalley scored for the Cataracts at the 12:46 mark to tie the game at 3 and send it into overtime.  Flyers Nation erupted after Brett Shute scored in the overtime frame to lift the Flyers to a 4-3 victory.

In the Sunday afternoon matchup, the Cataracts struck early in the first as league scoring champion Cam Fergus Scored at the 2:59 marker to make it 1-0 Cataracts.  Luke Gallant scored near the half-way mark of the period, netting a power play goal at 13:23.  The Flyers responded late in the period, as Josh Day scored on the power play at the 19:36 mark to make it 2-1 Cataracts after one period.

In the second period, Steve Yetman restored the Cataracts 2-goal lead when he scored on the power play to make it 3-1 Cataracts.  Mitch Oake responded for the Flyers, scoring at 18:32 on the power play to make it 3-2 Cataracts after two periods.

The third period was all Cataracts as Danny Wicks and Cam Fergus scored unanswered goals to make it 5-2 Cataracts, giving the Grand Falls-Windsor team a 3-1 series lead.

Play resumes on February 19, as the Flyers head into Grand Falls-Windsor and hope to avoid elimination from the Central West Newfoundland Senior Hockey League playoffs.

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