No more for Moores?

CeeBees coach pon­ders fu­ture af­ter team’s bru­tal show­ing in Herder

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON

The G rand Fal l s - Wind­sor Cataracts’ four-game sweep of the Con­cep­tion Bay North East­link Cee­Bee Stars in the 2011 Tele­gram Herder Me­mo­rial Cham­pi­onship se­ries left a bad taste in the mouth of a lot of Cee­Bee sup­port­ers.

Head coach Ian Moores didn’t like the taste of it ei­ther, so much so that he’s ques­tion­ing whether he’ll con­tinue on with the team next sea­son.

“I’m go­ing to re-eval­u­ate my own per­sonal po­si­tion in terms of the team and the mon­u­men­tal ef­fort there is in try­ing to make this thing work,” he said.

“ The wounds are still fresh. It’s frus­tra­tion at this point, and maybe as the sum­mer wears on, I’ll have a dif­fer­ent tune. But I just have a very bad taste left in my mouth af­ter the way we lost — just a com­plete col­lapse.”

Af­ter Games 1 and 2 at Mile One Cen­tre in St. John’s, the thought of the CeeBees win­ning some games in Grand Falls-Wind­sor did not seem un­fath­omable. Both games were one­goal de­ci­sions, and the Cee­Bee Stars looked much bet­ter in Game 2 against the speedy Cataracts.

But the move to Grand Fall­sWind­sor for Games 3 and 4 on April 1-2 proved to be no help for the CeeBees. The Cataracts em­bar­rassed them in Game 3, send­ing CeeBees goalie Freddy Di­a­mond to the bench in the sec­ond pe­riod af­ter beat­ing him five times in an even­tual 8-2 thrash­ing.

The Cee­Bee Stars were un­able to re­bound in Game 4, with Cataracts goalie Mark Yet­man earn­ing a shutout in a 4-0 vic­tory to fin­ish the se­ries and give Grand Falls-Wind­sor its first Herder ti­tle since 1982.

“ To say I’m dis­ap­pointed is an un­der­state­ment,” said Moores, who had never been part of a Herder team swept in the fi­nal ei­ther as a player or coach. “ It’s a tough pill to swal­low when your team com­pletely (soiled) the bed.”

In his view, the team did not show up to play. Moores gives full credit to the Cataracts, who played a strong team-game and were well coach by for­mer pro­fes­sional hockey player Brian Casey, but he said the CeeBees played nowhere near its own poten- tial.

While the coach said his play­ers did not give an hon­est ef­fort, CeeBees cap­tain Matthew Thomey was re­luc­tant to say the same thing.

“ We’ve got a re­ally good group of char­ac­ter guys with a lot of skill, and we wanted to (win), but their de­fence just shut us down. They pinched a lot, and at times our for­wards would get the puck and look up ice, and there was a green jer­sey on you al­most right away. It was hard to get the kind of space we would have liked to have. The ef­fort was def­i­nitely there — we just got shut down.”

Strong sys­tem

In par­tic­u­lar, Thomey said the Cee­Bee Stars had trou­ble han­dling the Cataracts’ tran­si­tion game, which re­lied on good puck move­ment from the de­fence to for­wards.

“ We hadn’t re­ally seen a team like that all year, and I guess we didn’t re­ally have enough time to ad­just our game to try and shut that down.”

The quick se­ries may have been even more dev­as­tat­ing for Cee­Bee sup­port­ers con­sid­er­ing how great the team played in the Avalon East fi­nal against the Mount Pearl Blades. Down 2-0 in the best-of-seven se­ries, the Cee­Bee Stars turned their for­tunes around with a spir­ited ef­fort in each of the next four games, go­ing on to win the se­ries in six.

In its last three Herder fi­nals, the CeeBees have only man­aged two wins in 14 games ver­sus op­po­nents from the west coast league.

“ There def­i­nitely is a gap,” said Thomey, com­par­ing the qual­ity of reg­u­lar sea­son play in the two leagues. “I think if our team is play­ing against a team like Grand Falls-Wind­sor more of­ten through­out the year, I don’t think the Herder would be as lop­sided as it is.”

There has been talk in the past of form­ing a sin­gle se­nior hockey league, and Thomey said he would be open to that ar­range­ment, though he is un­sure what would be re­quired in or­der for it to be fea­si­ble.

“I think it would be good for both leagues to have a prov­ince-wide (setup).”

Moores noted this is the first sea­son the Cee­Bee Stars have dressed a team of paid play­ers, though he said the team’s bud­get is half of what any west coast team would op­er­ate un­der.

“A lot of that money comes from fundrais­ing and spon­sor­ship money. It’s a very dif­fi­cult task and a de­mand­ing job for the team and the or­ga­ni­za­tion. It’s not easy.”

As for who will skate with the team in 2011-12, Moores said he ex­pects there will be many ros­ter changes over the sum­mer, whether or not he re­mains in­volved with the team.

Con­cep­tion Bay North East­link Cee­Bee Stars coach Ian Moores said his team did not give an hon­est ef­fort in Games 3 and 4 of the Tele­gram Herder Me­mo­rial Cham­pi­onship se­ries. His dis­plea­sure over be­ing swept by the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts has left him pon­der­ing whether or not to re­turn be­hind the bench in 2011-12.

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