Ceebees will be OK, says Power
Early season inconsistency, some unfortunate bounces, hurting team
At the quarter mark of the season, the Conception Bay North Ceebee Stars sat at the bottom of the five-team Newfoundland Senior Hockey League with four points heading into action this past weekend.
It was point they reached after dropping a two- game weekend series with the Mount Pearl Blades, Nov. 18- 19.
But, with six games played out of the 24 regular season games scheduled, Ceebees’ coach Steve Power is not willing to hit the panic button just yet.
“I honestly feel like we will be in good position by the end of the season,” he said. “We are going to be fine.”
Power maintains the NSHL is “a really good league,” and the CeeBees were not going to be given points based on their reputation.
“We were only a couple of bounces away from being 5- 1 instead of the other way,” he said.
The team has a new core, including Power, which has forced the team into some growing pains, said the coach.
He remembers being on the bench opposite from the Ceebees and seeing them getting a bounce here and a bounce there to get the win.
“Eventually, the breaks are going to start going our way,” said Power. “We’re still coming together.”
One thing he would like to see is better consistency. It prevents linemates from developing the chemistry necessary to compete at a high level.
“It seems like every night we have a different set of guys in the lineup,” he said. “We haven’t had a full team for any game this season.”
Power pointed to his team’s strong show of discipline to start the season as something positive to build upon.
“We haven’t had any major discipline issues,” he said. “We don’t really get a lot of bad penalties.”
Power also pointed to the actions of his players as a positive.
“Some of the guys have really stepped up and are logging big minutes … I’m pretty pleased about that,” he said.
Heading into the season, the Ceebees’ goaltending could have been considered a question mark, even with the return of incumbent Freddy Diamond and the addition of Dougie Jewer.
Power said both goalies have been solid for the club.
“Freddy had a tough start in the Clarenville game,” said the coach,” but he has come on.”
Power said Jewer “pretty solid overall.”
“I’m pretty confident in both of our goalies,” he said.
This past weekend, the team was scheduled to embark on a two- game road trip to Corner Brook and Grand Falls-windsor.
Power wouldn’t say the CeeBees’ “need it more than others,” but it was going to be a tough trip.
“We’re just going to go to Corner Brook and try and get that one,” he said.
Ceebees’ coach Steve Power believes that with some bounces his team could have a 5-1 record.