Cataracts wind up weekend with a two-game lead over the Flyers

Grand Falls-Windsor could seal the series next weekend in Gander

Nick O'Dea
Published on February 7, 2016

The Cataracts are two games away from winning their semi-final series against the Gander Flyers.

The Cataracts took down the Flyers at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium on today with a score of 8-1, to take a two-game lead in the best of seven series.

The Flyers’ opened the game with a goal from Andrew Ryan. After that it was complete domination by the Cataracts. Andre Gill scored the team’s first goal and tied the game 1-1 heading into the second.

By the time the second period was done the Cataracts were ahead 4-1, with another goal from Gill and two from Mike Brent.

Early in the third period Cam Fergus scored two goals to bring the Cataracts’ lead to 6-1. Midway through the third period a fight broke out between Rodi Short and Ray Dalton and both players were given Game misconduct penalties and taken off the ice. There was more than 10 minutes left on the clock so they are expected back for the next playoff game.

Andre Gill scored a hat trick to make it 7-1 Cataracts and Mike Cole sealed with a goal with less than a minute left in play.

Gander Flyers coach Ben Fitzgerald said he was disappointed by the loss but said he was also upset by what he perceived as underhanded tactics from the previous game.

“The fight between Asham and Lewis that happened last night (Saturday) happened during the last 10 minutes. There is a new rule that says if a player starts a fight in the last 10 minutes we lose him for the next game,” he said. “I think it they had the worst player on their team take out ours for today’s game.”

Cataracts coach Paul Glavine said there was no pre-planning concerning the fight and it was all emotions.

“We let our emotions get the better of us,” he said. “It’s tough to do sometimes, especially in highly competitive games. The added stress of it being a playoff game is no help either.

Glavine added, “We made them work for every turnover. We didn’t let them gain momentum and we kept the pace fast.”

Both teams will meet up again next weekend for games three and four, at the Gander Community Centre. Game time Saturday night is 7:30 p.m.