CeeBees come to­gether

Play­ers adapt­ing to new line­mates

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY ANDREWROBINSON

Af­ter four games of Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League ac­tion, the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars ap­peared to be get­ting used to play­ing with new line­mates, ac­cord­ing to a coach with the team.

“ They’re fi­nally start­ing to gel now at this point,” CeeBees as­sis­tant coach Ed­die Bartlett stated last week. “It’s hard at the start of the year with a lot of new faces.”

Many of those play­ers were frontand­cen­tre in the CeeBees’ 3-0 shutout win against the North­east Ea­gles on Nov. 6. It was the team’s sec­ond home game of the sea­son, and an­other op­por­tu­nity for fans to eval­u­ate the play of new­com­ers like Ray Dal­ton, Scott Bro­phy and Bran­don Roach.

“ Peo­ple played with dif­fer­ent teams last year and are now com­ing to­gether,” said Bartlett. “It seems the past cou­ple of games ... the com­bi­na­tions are start­ing to go and get more com­fort­able.”

The CeeBees con­trolled the ma­jor­ity of play in de­feat­ing the team from Tor­bay, fir­ing 38 shots at goalie Adam O’Brien.

“Adam O’Brien is a very good goalie. He’s a big kid, and he had work­horse num­bers tonight. But when the game came down to it, we came up big, scored our goals, and had our chances, too.”

Ray Dal­ton, Shane Gam­berg, and Matthew Thomey each scored a goal for the CeeBees, and goalie Fred­die Di­a­mond stopped 25 shots.

“ He was ready,” Bartlett said of Di­a­mond. “ He had a point to prove here tonight, and ev­ery time they tested him, he was there to an­swer the bell, es­pe­cially on the penalty kills.”

Bartlett said the game was tighter in part be­cause of the num­ber of penal­ties called through­out the game. The CeeBees were called for 11 mi­nor penal­ties and one ma­jor for check­ing from be­hind as­sessed to Gam­berg, who was ejected from the game. The Ea­gles re­ceived 10 mi­nors.

“ They re­ally came and worked us hard, and we took an ap­proach that we had to hit and be phys­i­cal, and they did the same thing.”

The re­sult was a tighter game than the one played the night be­fore in Tor­bay, which the CeeBees won 84.

Chris Bartlett col­lected a goal and two as­sists; Paul Brown, Ray Dal­ton, and Matthew Thomey each chipped in with a goal and a helper; and Ryan De­laney, Chad Fisher, and Steven Gree­ley all tal­lied goals. Mike Dyke and Chris Sparkes both had a pair of as­sists.

Steve Browne, Danny Connolly, Chris En­nis, and Chris Mooney replied for the Ea­gles.

The CeeBees play­ers and coaches ap­peared to dis­pute the ma­jor penalty as­sessed to Gam­berg in the Satur­day night game, with com­plaints made au­di­ble to the op­po­site end of the sta­dium. Gam­berg will have to serve a one-game sus­pen­sion.

“Any­time the ref doesn’t see a play, it’s a tough call to make. It’s re­ally up to the lines­men. They’re there to do their job. If the lines­men thought it was a penalty, then it was a penalty. It was hard to call from my van­tage point from the bench, be­cause it was on the same side (of the rink) as us.”

With the score 2-0 in the third pe­riod at the time of the five-minute ma­jor penalty, a suc­cess­ful penalty kill was cru­cial for the CeeBees, and Bartlett sin­gled-out the play of new­comer Bro­phy.

“Scott Bro­phy was a great penalty kil ler and work­ing hard,” says Bartlett. “At the end of the game when we needed play­ers to step-up and kill penal­ties, ev­ery sin­gle player on our bench killed some por­tion of that penalty, and that was the dif­fer­ence.”

CeeBees cap­tain Thomey was also an es­sen­tial con­trib­u­tor on the kill, dis­play­ing his sound two-way play by forecheck­ing hard in the Ea­gles’ de­fen­sive zone. He was re­warded later in the pe­riod by scor­ing the goal to ice the vic­tory. It was his fourth goal of the year to tie for the team lead with Dal­ton.

The CeeBees had a dif­fer­ent look be­hind the bench last week­end, with head coach Ian Moores serv­ing the sec­ond of a two-game sus­pen­sion. The au­to­matic sus­pen­sion came af­ter CeeBees for­ward Mike Druken was caught leav­ing the player’s bench to start a fight with Mount Pearl Blades star Terry Ryan in a game at S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium on Oct. 30.

Druken re­ceived a three-game sus­pen­sion, mean­ing he would once again be out of the line-up for the CeeBees’ sched­uled game for Nov. 13 on Bell Is­land against the Wave.

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