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Caribous beat Cats in overtime to take 2-0 series lead

Mike Brent and Rod Mahoney jockey for position in front of goaltender Tyler Whiffen during Saturday night's Game 1 between the Cataracts and Caribous.
Mike Brent and Rod Mahoney jockey for position in front of goaltender Tyler Whiffen during Saturday night's Game 1 between the Cataracts and Caribous. - Jonathan Parsons

Clarenville wins over Grand Falls-Windsor 3-2 in Game 2

CLARENVILLE, N.L. — It took overtime to find a winner in Game 2 of the Central West Senior Hockey League (CWSHL) semi-finals series between the Clarenville Ford Caribous and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.

The hometown ‘Bous took a 2-0 series lead in a close matchup between the two teams on Sunday afternoon at the Eastlink Events Centre.

The Cats and ‘Bous each scored a powerplay goal in the first period, with Steve Yetman of Grand Falls-Windsor scoring for the visitors and Caribou Chris Sparkes tallying for the home team.

After a scoreless second, Yetman continued his excellent play, scoring to put the Cats up 2-1 early in the third.

Looking for the equalizer throughout the final frame, Clarenville was finally able to tie the game at two, when Justin Pender — who was just named CWSHL top defenceman on Saturday — scored on the powerplay with only 1:13 remaining.

In overtime, long-time Caribou Brad Crann played the hero, clinching the contest for Clarenville with a goal assisted by Kevin Reid with just over six minutes remaining in the period.

The final score was 3-2.

Noah Weir got the start in the crease for Grand Falls-Windsor after A.J. Whiffen was pulled from Game 1 with an injury and replaced by backup Jason Stone.

Both Weir and the Caribous’ netminder Tyler Whiffen — brother to A.J. — provided solid play in Game 2 for their respective teams.

The series now heads to the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls-Windsor next weekend for Games 3 and 4.

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