Cee­bees will be OK, says Power

Early sea­son in­con­sis­tency, some un­for­tu­nate bounces, hurt­ing team

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.”

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“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.

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