CeeBees face uphill battle
Down 2-0 to Blades in Avalon East championship series
Mark Chaplin scored 31 second into overtime to lift the Mount Pearl Blades to a 4-3 win Friday night over the Conception Bay CeeBee Stars in Game 2 of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League final. The Blades lead the series 2-0 following a 3-1 win on Wednesday night in Harbour Grace.
Game 3 was scheduled to take place at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium on March 5. Results were unavailable as of The Compass' deadline day. Game 4 will take place March 11 at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.
The CeeBees appeared to be hungry for a win through the first two periods of play, forechecking hard and winning battles in the Blade's defensive zone to build a 31-21 shot count advantage and a 3-2 lead.
Chris Crosbie opened the scoring for the CeeBees eight minutes into the first after Keith Delaney made a nice pass to send him in all alone on Blades goalie Roger Kennedy. The Blades tied the game nine minute later after Chaplin fed Andrew Pearcey on a two-on-none play. But with Colin Power in the box for Mount Pearl, the CeeBees regained the lead with 47 seconds left in the period. Matthew French's shot from the point benefited from a screen up front to give the CeeBee Stars their second lead of the period.
Mount Pearl once again tied the game when Jason Hedges found the back of the net on a three-on-two play with Jonathon Reid. It was Mount Pearl's first shot of the second period. Crosbie later gave the CeeBees a 3-2 lead by scoring a power play goal with Mike Lee watching from the penalty box. It was Crosbie's third goal of the series.
The CeeBees appeared to grow tired as the third period went on, which the Blades seemed to sense judging from the enthusiasm displayed by its bench. The CeeBee Stars were without its top-two defencemen in Brandon Roach and Mike Dyke, and fellow rearguard Mike Stevens was ejected from the game early in the second period for a check from behind, further depleting the team's defense.
Mike Lee gave the CeeBees a chance to put the game away early in the third after taking another penalty, but Pearcey caught the team off guard by scoring a shorthanded goal five minutes in for his second of the game. It marked the third time the CeeBees gave up the lead.
Final shot totals for the night were 41 for the CeeBee Stars and 31 for the Blades.