Jalen Gillard made sure the Deer Lake Red Wings return to the West Coast Senior Hockey League was a triumphant one. The talented sniper notched 3 goals and 2 assists, including the winner with 8 seconds left, pacing Deer Lake to a 7-6 win over the Royals at the Civic Center.
Lucas Mckay also had a big night for the Red Wings with a goal and 3 assists, while Stephen Simms had 3 assists. Josh Skinner, Luke Parsons and Noah Legge had the other goals for Deer Lake.
Brandon Hynes and Iain Pilgrim led the Royals offensively. Each had 2 goals and an assist. Jeremy Bishop had 2 set-ups. Tyler Hunt and Daniel Noseworthy were the other Corner Brook marksmen.
If the Royals learned one lesson, it would be stay out of the penalty box! Deer Lake had 3 power play markers.
The season-opener was played before a crowd of close to 2000 fans.