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.