Two wins away from shot at Herder

South­ern Shore Break­ers stop Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBees winning streak

The Compass - - SPORTS -

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.

Paul McCarthy photo

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.

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