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.

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