Cee­bees to open sea­son at home

New league fea­tures 24-game sched­ule; five teams

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The at­mos­phere at the S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium will make your hair stand on its end by the nor­mally rau­cous Har­bour Grace crowd when the Con­cep­tion Bay North Cee­Bee Stars host the Clarenville Cari­bous in the team’s home opener on Satur­day, Oct. 29 in what prom­ises to be an elec­tric start to the sea­son.

As­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Peter Ge­orge said there’s much an­tic­i­pa­tion about the start of the new sea­son, which will mark the re­turn of prov­ince-wide se­nior.

With the re-emer­gence of the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League, fans will get their first chance to see the Cee­Bees and Cari­bous lock horns in reg­u­lar sea­son play.

Both teams bat­tled it out for the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy in 2009 and 2010, with the Cari­bous win­ning both times. At the time, the ‘ Bous were part of the west coach league, while the Cee­Bees played in the Avalon East cir­cuit. Both teams com­bined last spring to win the2011 Allan Cup national se­nior hockey cham­pi­onship un­der the Cari­bous ban­ner.

Both teams, along with Mount Pearl, Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Cor­ner Brook, now com­prise the new-look provin­cial league.

Ge­orge ex­plained that any ca­ma­raderie be­tween both sides will not come into play when the two face off in Har­bour Grace. Both sides will meet again on Sun­day, Oct. 30 in Clarenville.

Ge­orge told The Com­pass he ex­pects the games to be “ highly com­pet­i­tive.”

Af­ter what will be an ex­cit­ing open­ing week­end, the Cee­Bees get the chance to catch their breath, be­fore host­ing the Cor­ner Brook Roy­als in a two-game set over the Re­mem­brance Day week­end, Nov. 11-12.

The Cee­Bees will travel to Mount Pearl on Nov. 18 for a re­match of last year’s Avalon East cham­pi­onship se­ries. The two teams will play in Har­bour Grace on Nov. 19.

The Cee­Bees make their first reg­u­lar sea­son foray out west for the first time for games against the Roy­als ( Nov. 25) and Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts ( Nov. 26), the first of three meet­ings be­tween last year’s Herder fi­nal teams, be­fore Christ­mas.

“ It’s one of the dates we have cir­cled on our cal­en­dar,” said Ge­orge. “ We look for­ward to go­ing down there for the week­end.”

Once the sea­son re­sumes Jan. 7, the Cee­Bees get an­other crack against the Cataracts, on the road, with a two-game set in Grand Fall­sWind­sor, Jan. 14-15.

The sched­ule sees the Cee­Bees play 24 reg­u­lar sea­son games, with an equal num­ber at home and away.

For the first time in many years, Cee­Bees fans will get to see their team play on Sun­day in Har­bour Grace.

Ge­orge said ad­just­ment.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing only Satur­day night games on the week­end in Har­bour Grace, but with this new provin­cial league you have to have home and homes due to travel,” said Ge­orge. “ We’re hop­ing our fans can come out and see some Sun­day games as well.”

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