Herder fi­nals


It was a busy week­end for the Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBees Stars and the Clarenville Cari­bous as they con­tin­ued their bat­tle for the Herder.

The bat­tle for the Tele­gram Herder Memo­rial Tro­phy be­tween the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars and the Clarenville Cari­bous con­tin­ued over the week­end at Mile One Sta­dium in St. John’s.

The re­sults of Satur­day’s (game 4) and Sun­day’s (game 5) were un­avail­able to The Com­pass in time for our ed­i­to­rial dead­line.

The third match played Good Fri­day night saw Clarenville move into a two games to one lead in the se­ries.

More than 6,000 fans - roughly the equiv­a­lent of any fair-sized town in New­found­land and Labrador filled Mile One for the se­nior hockey fi­nale. All three week­end matches were sold out as fans poured into the city from Con­cep­tion, Trin­ity and Bon­av­ista Bays to cheer on their home teams.

In a match that started off slowly, each team went goal for goal, never manag­ing to se­cure any more than one goal leads through­out the game.

Chris Mooney scored his sec­ond game-winning goal in the se­ries late in the third pe­riod to give the Clarenville Cari­bous a 5-4 win and their two games to one lead in the se­ries.

Clarenville opened the stor­ing at 2:41 of the first pe­riod with a goal by Travis Chap­man.

Just 33 sec­onds later, CeeBees Cap­tain Matthew Thomey

Evened the score at 3:14 to tie the game 1-1.

Dar­rin Col­bourne scored at 16:53 to put the Cari­bous ahead 2-1.

With just a minute and 20 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first, CeeBees’ Mark Tobin re­sponded at 18:34 to tie the match 2-2.

CeeBees’ Paul Brown opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond frame on a penalty shot to move his team ahead of the Cari­bous for the first time in the game. But the 3-2 lead would be short lived as Ryan Pen­ney scored for Clarenville at 10:07 to tie the game again.

Derek Kent scored for the Cari­bous with only 10 sec­ond on the clock in the pe­riod to move the Cari­bous ahead 4-3.

Matthew Thomey proved the game wasn’t over when he put his team back on the score­board again with his sec­ond goal at 13:51 of the third pe­riod.

Many fans ex­pected it would take over­time to set­tle the match un­til Chris Mooney’s game-winning marker at 16:18 of the third frame to clinch the win for the Cari­bous.

CeeBees tie se­ries in sec­ond game

Less than 24 hours af­ter los­ing a duel with his Clarenville Cari­bou’ coun­ter­part Ja­son Churchill, Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars’ goalie Freddy Di­a­mond stole the spot­light in Game 2 of The Tele­gram Herder Memo­rial Tro­phy Cham­pi­onship Se­ries Sun­day March 28.

The vet­eran keeper stopped 41 shots - 25 in the sec­ond pe­riod alone - as the CeeBees bounced back with a 4-1 win at the Clarenville Events Cen­tre, knot­ting the best-of-seven pro­vin­cial se­nior hockey fi­nal at 1-1.

The West Coast Se­nior Hockey League cham­pion Cari­bous won 4-2 Satur­day, March 27 as the two teams be­gan a reprise of last year’s Herder fi­nal, which saw Clarenville de­feat C.B.N. in five games.

The se­ries moved to Mile One Cen­tre in St. John’s over the week­end, where the Avalon East cham­pion CeeBees were the home team in all three games Fri­day, April 2 Satur­day, April 3 and Sun­day, April 4.

“ We were pretty frus­trated with the way last sea­son ended, es­pe­cially Freddy. He felt he could have played bet­ter in the Herder,” CeeBees’ for­ward Chris Sparkes said.

“ You could see from the first prac­tice we had this year that Freddy Di­a­mond was fo­cused on com­ing back to the Herder and tak­ing us to the end of the road. We’ve got him back and it’s time for him to take over. “I think he’s go­ing to do that.” Clarenville head coach Randy Pearcey couldn’t help but be im­pressed with Di­a­mond’s play Sun­day, March 28 es­pe­cially af­ter the Cari­bous got on the score­board with a goal early in the mid­dle frame.

“ We walked all over them for 10 min­utes, but he barred the door,” said Pearcey.

Di­a­mond’s play was part of what ap­pears to be a marked im­prove­ment in the CeeBees’ play in this year’s fi­nal. That in­cludes the abil­ity to keep pace with a quick Cari­bous team.

“ We lost 11 bodies from last year, a lot of the older guys,” ex­plained C.B.N. blue­liner Mike Dyke.

“But with the depth of the team last year, we had a lot of guys will­ing to step in there this sea­son. We have a lot of young legs and on the big ice es­pe­cially, that shows. “ We’re all in great shape.” Pearcey gives the CeeBees full credit for lim­it­ing the Cari­bous’ abil­ity to gen­er­ate of­fence in the sec­ond game March 28.

“ They forechecked us to death and played a lit­tle trap in the neu­tral zone,” he said. “ We had way too much dif­fi­culty get­ting the puck out of our zone.”

Down the stretch and hold­ing on to a two-goal lead, the CeeBees were able to gen­er­ate a num­ber of odd­man rushes, a by-prod­uct of the Cari­bous try­ing too hard to gen­er­ate of­fence while sac­ri­fic­ing de­fence, ac­cord­ing to Pearcey.

A gru­elling first pe­riod saw both teams heav­ily pe­nal­ized, mean­ing that for much of the open­ing 20 min­utes, one side or an­other was ei­ther work­ing the power play or penalty kill - with a few in­stances of four-on-three play and sev­eral min­utes of four-on-four action scat­tered through­out.

All that spe­cial teams play took a toll on some of the Cari­bous’ top play­ers, said Pearcey.

“If you log too much ice time early in the game, it’ll come back to bite you in the ass late in the game,” he said.

“ You want to get every­one on your bench into the game. The same guys we use on the PP, we use on the PK. You don’t want to burn them out half­way through the first pe­riod.”

The CeeBees’ David Duf­fett opened the scor­ing, fin­ish­ing off a Paul Brown re­bound. Steve Gree­ley made it 2-0 with one minute re­main­ing in the open­ing frame.

The Cari­bous got their lone goal a cou­ple of min­utes into the sec­ond when Grant Kenny’s wris­ter from the hash marks to the right of Di­a­mond found its way into the net.

Near the mid­way point of the pe­riod, Daniel Sparkes re­stored the CeeBees’ two-goal lead with a shot from the boards, that seemed to sur­prise Churchill, the all-star goalie and West Coast league’s MVP.

Af­ter ap­ply­ing pres­sure to start the third, Sparkes got the CeeBees’ fourth marker.

“Af­ter the loss (March 27) we had one thing on our mind and that was to get the split,” Dyke said fol­low­ing the game.

“ We feel we played well enough to have two games this week­end, but we’re def­i­nitely OK with the split and go­ing to our home ice at Mile One.”

Clarenville 4, C.B.N. 2 (Satur­day March 27)

At Clarenville, Chris Mooney scored twice and Churchill turned aside 36 shots to lead the Cari­bous to a Game 1 win.

Im­port Ryan Lau­zon scored once and set up an­other for the Cari­bous. Blue­liner Fred Earle had the other goal for the home side.

For the CeeBees, Mark Tobin and Matthew Thomey each had a goal and a helper. Chris Sparkes as­sisted on both C.B.N. goals.

Di­a­mond turned aside 26 shots in the loss.

The game turned ugly with five min­utes to play re­sult­ing in a hand­ful of penal­ties to both sides and a pair of fights, in­clud­ing a bout be­tween heavy­weights Gra­ham Jack­man from C.B.N. and Clarenville’s Richard Paul, af­ter which fans lit­tered the ice with a hun­dred or more “Go Cari­bous Go” signs.

Pearcey com­mented on the end of the open­ing game fol­low­ing Game 2.

“ When they got be­hind a cou­ple of goals and saw they couldn’t do any­thing about it, there were some hacks and whacks that weren’t nec­es­sary,” he said of slashes on Lau­zon and An­drew Pearcey.

“If I’ve got five min­utes left in the game and I’m down by two, I’m still think­ing I can come back. They (the CeeBees) didn’t do that and in­stead tar­geted cer­tain play­ers.”

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