Western Royals Defeat Cats

Updated: January 11, 2014
Western Royals Action | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

The Western Royals defeated the league leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts at the Hodder Memorial Stadium by a score of 5-3 on Saturday night.

The Cataracts took a first period lead when Kyle McQuirk scored on a broken play in front of the Royals net. The Royals answered right back with a goal by Matthieu Berube.

When the Cataracts Mike Sibley and Alex Dalley both received minor penalties, the Royals had a two-man advantage and scored to take a 2-1 lead. Justin Barbour scored the power play goal to give the Royals the lead. With just less than four minutes left in the first period, Barbour scored his second goal of the first period, giving the Royals a 3-1 lead heading into the dressing room after the first.

The second period was a relatively slow period. The teams play relatively conservative with the Cataracts still trying to shake off the rust from a one-month layoff since the Christmas break.

The Royals appeared content to just cruise with their 3-1 lead.

The Cataracts made it a game in the third period when Andre Gill scored to make it 3-2. Veteran Mark Robinson answered back to make the score 4-2 and fans started pouring from the rink, thinking the game was over. However, the Cataracts showed why they are in first in the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior HOckey League, scoring to make the game 4-3.

With the net empty, Michael Hynes scored in the empty net to secure the win for the Royals.

The Win is a big one for the Western Royals as they improve to 8-7-2. The Cataracts hold on to their lead in the league, their record sitting at 12-3-0.

The Western Royals now head into Grand Falls-Windsor to complete the home and home series with the Cataracts.

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