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Grand Falls-Windsor beat up on Clarenville 9-4

It wasn’t a great start to 2016 for the Clarenville Ford Caribous.

Caribou Ryan Desrosiers, who scored two goals Saturday night, carries the puck around the Cataracts' net in the first period of the game. Grand Falls-Windsor ultimately disposed of Clarenville 9-4 in the first game back from mid-season break.

In the first game back from the Central West Senior Hockey League (CWSHL), the Caribous hosted the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts at the Eastlink Events Centre (EEC) tonight.

The Cats struck early and often, ultimately winning 9-4.

The Caribous were only able to pull within two goals at various times during second and third periods of the game.

Brandon Bussey had a big game for Grand Falls-Windsor, registering two goals and two assists. Rodi Short had two goals and one assist and Steve Yetman had one goal and two assists. Mike Sibley, Mike Brent, Alex Dalley, Cam Fergus, Andre Gill and Andrew Brennan all got in on the scoring party, all with two points each.

For the Caribous, Ryan Desrosiers had two goals, while captain Andrew Sweetland and Chad Earle chipped in one goal each.

Goaltender Billy Clarke got the nod between the pipes for the Caribous. Jason Churchill, who habitually starts for the Bous wasn’t flown in for the game and new addition Tyler Whiffen occupied the bench. Tyler’s older brother, netminder A.J. Whiffen, played very well for the Cataracts making 37 saves in the win.

The game also saw a few new players make their debuts for Clarenville, including defenceman Murray Bavis, who was selected in the midseason draft in December, and Rodney Mahoney and Andrew Smith, who were acquired in a trade for Keith Delaney with the Corner Brook Royals only days ago.

The two teams will go at it again Sunday afternoon, with Clarenville undoubtedly looking for a better result. The game starts 1:30 p.m. at the EEC.

Organizations: Central West Senior Hockey League, Eastlink Events Centre

Geographic location: Grand Falls, Clarenville

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