CLARENVILLE, N.L. — Game one of the Herder final on Saturday night was an electrifying contest between the Central West Senior Hockey League champions Clarenville Ford Caribous, and the East Coast Senior Hockey League winners St. John’s Green Sleeves Caps — one that saw the ‘Bous take a 1-0 series lead.
The Caps were the first team on the board in the opening period, scoring with 4:16 remaining in the first, when Jacob Pitchers tallied for the visiting team.
The visitors were able to extend the lead to 2-0 after Caribous’ goaltender Tyler Whiffen was left hung out to dry in a one-on-one situation.
Before the end of the first, the Caribous cut the lead to one, sending the home fans into a frenzy with Chris Sparkes’ marker.
After pushing the offence in the second, Caribous’ veteran Keith Delaney drew the score 2-2.
Clarenville captain Dustin Russell put his team ahead after the ‘Bous killed off a penalty in the third.
With eight minutes left in the game, the Caps tied it up 3-3 on a goal from Roger Pender.
But after drawing an elbowing penalty with five minutes remaining in the contest, Kevin Reid scored on the power play to put the Caribous up again, this time 4-3 — enough to complete a game one win for Clarenville.
Game two is Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville.