Caribous collapse in final minutes of game six, Cats prevail in shocking fashion

Grand Falls-Windsor mounts comeback in second straight game to force game seven

Published on March 19, 2017

Tempers flared after a whistle in the second period of game six of the series between the Grand Falls-WIndsor Cataracts and the Clarenville Ford Caribous. The series returns to the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium this Friday for game seven.

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The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts are refusing to give up in their fight for the Central West Senior Hockey League title.

In game six Sunday evening, the Clarenville Ford Caribous led 3-2 with only minutes remaining, but failed to put away the Cats — who came back and scored the game winner with 54 seconds left on the clock.

The comeback was a bit of a repeat performance from the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium the night before.

In both games, the Caribous led the Cataracts 2-1 going into the third period.

On Sunday, a couple key power play goals sealed Grand Falls-Windsor’s unlikely win.

Down 3-2 in the final five minutes, Ryan Delaney was whistled for a hooking penalty.

Andre Gill proceeded to bury the puck with the man-advantage to tie the game for the Cats. It was his second goal of the game.

After a water bottle was thrown on the ice from the Caribous’ bench, an unsportsmanlike penalty was issued.

Colin Circelli made no mistake on the ensuing power play and sealed the game for his team.

Andrew Brennan also added a tally for the winning side in the second period.

The Caribous, who controlled much of the scoring pace leading up to the final minutes, saw goals from Kevin Reid, Ryan Delaney and Keith Delaney.

It was a hotly contested matchup, with many scrums after the whistle, big hits, trash talk and offsetting penalties.

The ‘Bous led the Cats 3-2 in the best-of-seven series coming into the game. Now, knotted at 3-3, the two teams will head back to Grand Falls-Windsor to play a deciding game seven.

The next night, Saturday, March 25, the Herder provincial finals will begin with the winner of the CWSHL finals playing the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars.

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