Flyers force fifth and final Savage Cup game

first_imgHowever, with the Flyers aware of just how important the next goal would be, the home team buckled down and upped their offensive pressure, which paid off in the dying minutes of the second.  With 2:14 left in the second, a battle in front of Mulholland between Lalonde and May resulted in an accidental high stick to the face of May, resulting in the Powell River defenseman to drop to the ice with blood leaking from his face. As the Regals defenseman lay on the ice, no whistle sounded but play seemed to slow down, something Flyers forward Tyler Brough recognized, and smartly threw the puck on net, beating Mulholland for the game tying goal.Following a brief conversation between the officials, the face-off was set for centre ice, as the scoreboard read 2-2 concluding the second.The tie game didn’t last long in the third, as the Flyers exploded offensively in the final frame, scoring four goals in a span of 8:39. Ryan Carter got the ball rolling, followed by goals from Gary Gladue, Tyler Brough’s second of the game, and capped off by Rod Stevens, for a 6-2 Flyers lead.Advertisement It was a bit of a different looking Flyers squad for game four, as Girard Dicaire was absent on the blue line due to injury, allowing affiliate player and Fort St. John Huskies defenseman Taylor Greatrex an opportunity to play in his first Savage Cup game, while also showcasing the skills of Clayton Pool in net.It didn’t take Greatrex much time to contribute to the Flyers success, firing a quick wrist shot on net 12:13 into the first, beating a screened Justin Mulholland to provide the Flyers a 1-0 lead.Following the game, head coach Darrel Leahy gave praise to the young defenseman playing in his first Savage Cup game.- Advertisement -“He (Greatrex) had a great game, he played well, skated well, didn’t hurt us, no one got around him, he didn’t cough up the puck and made great plays coming out of our end. Couldn’t have asked for anything more of him.”The one goal lead lasted until 1:39 into the second period, when Regals forward John Coyle scored for Powell River, tying the important game at 1-1.Coyle wasn’t finished there, as the speedy forward scored his second straight game at 17:07 of the second, providing the Regals a 2-1 lead, and silencing the crowd of the North Peace Arena.Advertisement Despite two more goals from the Regals, an empty net by Rick Cleaver sealed the game for the Flyers, 7-4, who with the win, avoided losing the 100th Savage Cup to Powell River for the second straight year, forcing a decisive, winner-take-all game five, which will be played Monday at the North Peace Arena.A big factor in the Flyers game four win was discipline, specifically not taking useless penalties that have proven costly in past games. Coach Leahy said it was something the team discussed entering Sunday’s elimination game.“For whatever reason, we did take less penalties, and there were no stupid penalties. We had four of them last night (Saturday) that were very stupid. So it was a big difference, we talked about it, focused on it and it worked.”After four intense, entertaining and emotional games, the 100th Savage Cup will be determined by one game, which will be played Monday evening at the North Peace Arena. The winner of tomorrow’s game will be crowned Savage Cup champions, and will have the privilege of representing BC at the upcoming Allan Cup.    Monday’s decisive game five begins at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Papua New Guinea appoint Jason Gillespie as interim coach

first_imgFormer Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has been named the interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG), as the burgeoning cricketing nation is all set to push for 2019 World Cup qualification.Earlier this week, Cricket Papua New Guinea chief executive Greg Campbell had confirmed that Gillespie, who was initially appointed as a consultant on a one-year term, will take over from former New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel on an interim basis.Gillespie’s decision to rule out taking on the PNG job on full-time basis came due to his commitments with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL).Following the appointment, the 42-year-old said, “I have never been to PNG before. I’m going to go up at the end of the month for a meet and greet, meet the players and staff and get to know everyone. I’m just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I’ve heard a lot of very good things.””Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they said the PNG guys were fantastic,” cricket.com.au quoted Gillespie as saying.After Australia A’s tour to South Africa got cancelled due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Gillespie, who is also the head coach of the A side, is now free to join the PNG squad in Port Moresby later this month.PNG is all set to play a series of matches Down Under against the Australian Indigenous team and Queensland XI, before hosting Scotland for two matches in October as a part of their push for 2019 World Cup qualification.advertisementlast_img read more