No Dawe about it

CeeBees back-up net­min­der gets first win; French again pa­trolling the blue­line

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

Bron­son Dawe has no com­plaints about serv­ing a role on the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars ros­ter that mostly in­volves plant­ing his be­hind on the bench.

“ Fred­die ( Di­a­mond, the team’s usual starter) is an amaz­ing goalie, and I’ve played back-up to him for the past six years now, and I’m more than happy to do it,” said the Bay Roberts na­tive.

Af­ter two months with­out see­ing any ac­tion, Dawe made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance of the year in the CeeBee Stars 9-0 thrash­ing of the vis­it­ing Bell Is­land Blues on Jan. 8, in a game that marked the re­turn of vet­eran defenceman Matthew French to the lineup. French left the team in early Novem­ber be­cause of work and fam­ily com­mit­ments.

“Matthew’s a big part of this team, and he felt strongly that he wanted to come back,” said CeeBees’ coach Ian Moores.

French did not take long to make his pres­ence felt, scor­ing the sec­ond goal of the game seven min­utes into the first pe­riod. French said he is pleased to be back in the lineup, and will fill an im­por­tant gap on the back end.

Dawe, too, is happy to see the re­turn of French, call­ing him a “ huge ad­di­tion.”

The added help on de­fence hardly seemed to mat­ter for Dawe, who had not played since Oct. 30, a 5-3 loss to Mount Pearl. The Blues could only muster 20 shots, while the CeeBees pep­pered Blues’ keeper Chris Walsh with 78.

“It’s was tough track­ing the puck at first, but af­ter you get those first cou­ple of saves out of the way and get into a rhythm, it’s the same as if you played the night be­fore,” Dawe said.

The CeeBees scored two goals in three sec­onds off the sticks of Chris Sparkes and Ryan De­laney. They may rep­re­sent the quick­est pair of goals ever scored in New­found­land se­nior hockey, and matched an NHL record set by Jim Dowd and Richard Park in 2004.

Defenceman Bran­don Roach has now scored in three straight games af­ter go­ing goal­less through his first 12. Chris Pet­ten’s goal was his sec­ond of the year, and Scott Bro­phy col­lected his fifth, giv­ing him three goals in as many games.

Ray Dal­ton also tal­lied, while Mike Stevens and Matthew Thomey had four and three as­sists, re­spec­tively.

The pre­vi­ous night, the CeeBees de­feated the Blues 10-3. Sean Wad­den led the way with a hat trick, while Sparkes and De­laney each had two goals and an as­sist. Roach, Steven Gree­ley, and Chris Bartlett also scored.

The CeeBees were sched­uled to play a pair of games against the North­east Se­nior Ea­gles, Jan. 14-15. The team’s next game is Jan. 21 against the Blades.

Chris Bartlett, skat­ing with the puck, en­ters the Bell Is­land Blues de­fen­sive zone along­side line­mates Sean Wad­den, #20, and Scott Bro­phy, bot­tom right. The CeeBees de­feated the Blues 9-0 on Jan. 8, plas­ter­ing goal­tender Chris Walsh with 78 shots.

ome of the skaters from the Con­cep­tion Bay North club that took part in the re­gion­als in Marys­town re­cently in­clude: Front (l-r) — Bri­anna Rus­sell, Rachel Drover, Sarah Daw­son, Ju­lia Keefe; sec­ond row — McKenna Mercer, Chelsea Crane, He­lena Churchill, Ha­ley Dawe, Rakel Bishop, Laura Keefe, Emily Daw­son; third row — Sarah Nor­man, Toni-Lynn Par­sons, Lexie Smith, Jamie Dawe, Katie Daw­son, Lind­say Porter; back row — Sarah Dawe, Stephanie French, Melissa Rus­sell, Ashley Porter, Lau­ren Sul­li­van and Chloe Har­ris.

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