CeeBees masters of their fate
Relying on veteran presence to push them into playoffs
Editor’s note: results from a Feb. 17 home game against the Mount Pearl Blades and a Feb. 18 contest against the Corner Brook Royals were not available prior to deadline
The Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars are confident that when the dust settles on the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League regular season, they will be one of the teams left standing in the playoffs.
Ceebees’ assistant coach Peter George is “fully confident” in his team’s ability to close the distance and overtake the teams in front of them.
Heading into the last weekend of the season, with two games against the Corner Brook Royals, George said the games are “going to be a dog fight for sure,” and he is “fully confident” in his team’s ability to make the playoffs.
“We can give teams some trouble once we get in there,” he said.
Heading into the final week of the season, George said the Ceebees hold an advantage over the other two teams they are chasing — the Blades and the Royals.
“We are in control of our own destiny,” he said. “We only have to worry about winning our games.”
Losses by the Blades this weekend would go a long way in ensuring a Ceebees post-season berth.
The Blades’ two games with the Grand Falls-windsor Cataracts will draw some attention from Ceebee faithfuls.
With two games this weekend against Corner Brook, the Ceebees will be in tight to make the playoffs.
Not having to rely on a Mount Pearl or Corner Brook loss is sure to produce an exciting atmosphere this weekend at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook.
The Ceebees have only played one game in Corner Brook this season, a 9- 4 victory for the Royals, so it is going to be important for the team to forget about that loss.
Each game will have playoff implications, and the Ceebees have their backs against the wall.
“It’s exciting for sure,” said George. “The team is up for it.”
For the Ceebees, the playoffs are going to be a win and get in scenario.
For a team with a roster littered with players like Matthew Thomey, Keith Delaney, Ryan Delaney, Mike Dyke, Donnie Gosse and the returning Matthew French, it shouldn’t be anything they haven’t experienced before.
Each has been in tough playoff series and Herder finals prior to this season, something the younger, lessexperienced players can lean on.
“When we started the season, we wanted to put guys in place who had a history of winning hockey games,” he said. “We have a good mix of old and young guys. Guys who have won at different levels.”
The situation the team now finds itself in is exactly the situation where these players are expected to excel.
“These are the players that you love to have on your team, especially in these situations,” said George.
He said that when “your back is against the wall,” these are the players you want fighting in your corner.
“It is this experience that gets you through these situations,” said George. “Winners will step up to the plate and carry you through.”
The Ceebees are on the road on the final weekend of the season, with two games against the Royals in Cor- ner Brook. Saturday night’s tilt kicks off 7: 30 p. m. at the Pepsi Centre, while Sunday’s match goes 2 p.m.
Mount Pearl Blades’ forward Jason Hedges (17) lines up a shot, while his teammate Ryan Bellows wrestles with Ceebees’ defenceman Mike Dyke for position in front of goaltender Doug Jewer in second period action Feb. 11 at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.