Two wins away from shot at Herder
Southern Shore Breakers stop Conception Bay CeeBees winning streak
After going over three months without a loss in the Avalon East Senior Hockey League, the Conception Bay CeeBee Stars have lost two consecutive games in the current playoff series.
As a result of Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Southern Shore Breakers, the CeeBees found themselves behind two games to one in their best of seven playoff series.
The Breakers are now two wins away from their first Herder Memorial Trophy finals since 2004.
In the game played before a packed house at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, the Stars fell behind halfway through the first period when Berrick Loughlin beat Freddie Diamond to the blocker side to put the visitors up by one. Loughlin’s marker was the only goal of the period.
Wayne Walsh put the Shore up 2-0 early in the second stanza. Mike Stevens’ power play goal with 3:51 left in the second narrowed the Breakers’ lead to one goal. Dan Curran scored to restore the Shore’s two-goal lead with just 47 seconds left in the period. Jeff Oates tipped in a Ryan Delaney pass with less than five minute gone in the third period to again pull the CeeBees to within one goal. However, that is as close as the home team would get to even the score.
After referee Dave Boland handed Oates a five-minute major and game misconduct for checking from behind, Bobby Sullivan’s power play marker put the Breakers ahead 4-2. Sullivan’s second goal of the game, an empty netter with less than a minute left on the clock, sealed the win for the visitors. The Breakers out shot the Stars 36-29 in the contest.
The CeeBees did not have captain Keith Delaney in the lineup Saturday night due to an injury he suffered early in game 2 in the series. The Breakers are also without the services of sniper Dale Sullivan so far in this series due to work commitments.
On Sunday, March 8 the Breakers evened the series at a game apiece with a 5-3 win at the Southern Shore Arena. Player of the game Dan Curran led the home team with a goal and three assists. Penalties played a key role in the game as five of the game’s eight goals were scored on the power play. Jamie Tobin, Stephen Oates, Bobby Sullivan and Kris Langdon rounded out the scoring for the Shore. Matthew Thomey led the CeeBees with a pair of goals while Chris Crosbie added a single. Graham Cook faced 54 shots in picking up the win while Freddie Diamond turned away 50 shots in suffering the loss.
Game 4 of the series was played Sunday, March 15 at the Southern Shore Arena but the results of that game were unavailable before The Compass editorial deadline. Game 5 of the series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at the S.W. Moores Stadium. Games 6 and 7 if necessary are scheduled for Friday, March 20 in Mobile and Saturday, March 21 in Harbour Grace.
ON THE DRAW - CeeBees’ Matthew Thomey (No. 22) prepares for the puck drop against Southern Shore Breaker Stephen Oates during game 2 of the Avalon East finals. Thomey had two goals in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Breakers tied the best of seven series at a game apiece. The Stars dropped a 5-2 decision Saturday night to allow the Breakers to grab a two games to one series lead.