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Former Bearcats have big showing at Allan Cup opener


CLARENVILLE, NL - Luke Gallant and Rodi Short combined for six points to lead the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts to victory over the Dundas Real McCoys to open the Allan Cup on Monday.

Gallant posted two goals and two assists, while Short put up two helps as the Bearcat-laden Cataracts defeated the Real McCoys 5-3.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Short and Gallant teamed up to set up Cam Fergus' tying goal. Later in the period, Gallant scored a powerplay goal to give the Cataracts the lead.

Gallant opened the second period with an insurance goal, assisted by his defence partner, Short.

Fergus, the former Cape Breton Screaming Eagle, would score again, and former Miramichi Timberwolves star Andre Gill added another for the Newfoundland champions.

Short, now 27, spent four seasons with the Bearcats, registering 102 points in 172 games and serving as captain in 2007-2008. Gallant, 28, spent his 17-year-old season with the Bearcats, posting 24 points in 51 games before moving to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and St. John's Fog Devils.

The Cataracts qualified for the Allan Cup after winning the Herder Trophy, Newfoundland's senior championship, last season. The lineup features four former Bearcats in Gallant, Short, Alex Dalley and Sam Hounsell. The lineup also features Shubenacadie native Bryan Gillis in the backup goalie spot.

The Cataracts play again today, 3:30 p.m., against the South East Prairie Thunder.

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