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Gander claims first victory in CWSHL championship series


Flyers defeat Clarenville Caribous 7-5

GANDER, NL - Expectations were high as the first game of the Central West Senior Hockey League championship series got underway in Gander tonight, March 10.
More than 1,300 fans converged on the Steele Community Centre to watch the hometown Gander Flyers take on the Clarenville Caribous.
The Caribous earned the right to take on the league’s first place team by defeating the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in a 4-1 playoff series victory.
The first period tonight saw the Caribous put marks on the scoreboard late in the period. Jordan Kennedy and Ryan Desrosiers banked the goals for the team. Josh Fitzgerald added a lone goal for the Flyers in the dying seconds of the period.
Settling into the second period, the Flyers hit their stride, netting five goals -two each from Brandon Hynes and Jordan Escott and  a single from Patty O’Keefe. For the Caribous, Desrosiers would netted the only goal.
Clarenville chipped away at its point deficit in the third period, with help from Chad Earle.
And with less than three minutes on the clock Caribous goaltender Tyler Whiffen started eying the bench. He was quickly pulled and it was a move that paid off. Keith Delaney scored to close the gap to one point with two and a half minutes left in the period.
When play resumed, Whiffen again headed for the bench, hoping for a repeat.
However, the Flyers were able to maintain a strong defence, and Paul Hutchings scored the empty-netter with 1.4 seconds left on the clock to secure the 7-5 win.
Game 2 of the series gets underway in Gander Sunday afternoon, at 1:30 p.m.

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