Lavigne’s confidence climbing
CBN Ceebee Stars set to welcome Gander Flyers
If the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars expect to make a run at the Herder Memorial Trophy, they are going to need more performances from import puckstopper Charles Lavigne like they got two weekends ago in Clarenville.
Lavigne was a tower of strength for the club, stopping 90 of the 96 shots he faced from Caribous shooters.
“On Sunday, I thought (Lavigne) was fantastic. For any fan that paid their money to watch that game, they seen a goalie put on a clinic,” said CeeBees’ head coach Corey Crocker. (Editor’s note: Crocker later resigned, citing family commitments).
On Sunday, Lavigne frustrated Clarenville shooters, effectively shutting the door on the Caribous after he surrendered two early first period markers. For the game, the 24-yearold Saint Bernardin, Ont. native stopped 51 of the 53 shots he faced, with many of those saves being of the spectacular variety.
More importantly, the CeeBees picked up the 6-2 victory and snapped its five-game slide in the process.
“(Lavigne) definitely stole the show,” said Crocker.
It was a big weekend for Lavigne, and the CeeBees as a team, as both sought to wipe clean the memory of a disappointing opening weekend at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
The goaltender, especially, took the losses to heart.
“He was upset, very upset,” said Crocker on Lavigne’s mindset after the Western Royals swept the CeeBees. “The good thing about hockey is that you always have a chance to rebound.”
Lavigne, himself, would like the chance to put forth a better performance in front of the CeeBees’ faithful.
“It was one the worst (performances) I’ve had in a long time,” he told The Compass. But, what a difference a week makes. Where at times Lavigne looked as if he was fighting the puck in Harbour Grace, he appeared confident in Clarenville, challenging shooters and forcing them to play on his terms.
“It’s good. It shows that I can be there for my team as they proved in Gander that they can be there for me,” he said. “It’s a give-give relationship.”
Boosting Lavigne’s confidence is the fact that he knows that offensively the CeeBees are going to be there.
“It’s good to have goal support,” he said. “It’s something I’ve lacked for the last three years in St. Thomas.
“If I pull a few saves together, I’m confident the boys … will get a couple back for me.”
It happened in the second game with the Caribous as the home team jumped out to a quick two-goal advantage before the CeeBees pulled it even with two quick goals of their own.
He is also getting used to the travel side of things.
“I’m getting more comfortable with the travel and it allows me to get better prepared,” he said. “This past weekend, I felt that I was way better prepared than I was in the past.”
Lavigne is excited to get back on the ice in Harbour Grace.
“I want to make up for what happened last week,” he said. “I’m want to get my first win at home and that’s what we’re going to work for.”
Stopping the slide
Meanwhile, the win in Clarenville put the breaks on a five-game slide the team had found itself in since dropping a 5-2 decision to the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts on Nov. 3.
The CeeBees got goals from Terry Ryan, Keith Delaney, Robert Slaney, Daniel Sparkes, Mike Dyke and Jason Hedges.
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“It’s huge,” said Crocker. “Guys were tired from the previous night because we had a short bench. We switched up our game plan a little bit and we were successful. “The guys stuck to it.” Against Clarenville, the CeeBees focused on playing a gritty, inyour-face style of play, making sure to get the puck deep into the offensive zone and putting pressure on the defence.
“The biggest thing for us is the mindset, the compete level and the ability to work harder than the other team,” said Crocker.
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Carrying it home
The CeeBees welcome the expansion Gander Flyers to its rink this weekend for a pair of games.
“It’s been a long time since Gander has been in Harbour Grace,” said Crocker. “Gander has a lot of history in senior hockey.
“They’re an exciting team watch.”
The Flyers are coming off a series in Deer Lake that saw the
to club pick up its first win of the season.
The head coach said his team’s effort from Game 2 in Clarenville “has too carry over” to the series with the Flyers.
“We can’t put out another performance like we did last time. The fans deserve better,” said Crocker.
The CeeBees have to make it harder for teams to play on its home ice, stated Crocker, where the CeeBees have played just twice in its first 10 games.
“We’ll be ready to play, don’t you worry about that,” he said.
Dawson Mercer (14) buries the pass he received from teammate Shaelyn Snow (back), as Mercer’s other linemate, Kyle Petten crashes the goal.
Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars netminder Charles Lavigne makes the save with Western Royals forward Darren Langdon and CeeBees’ defenceman Mike Dyke in front of the net during provincial senior hockey league action Nov. 11 at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. Lavigne stopped 90 of 96 shots in Clarenville two weekends ago and appears to be finding his place with the CeeBees.
Everyone was involved with the day of competition, even siblings. Here, Jessica Mercer (left), Allie Akerman (centre) and Rebecca Bennett display the 50/50 tickets they had been selling all day. Jessica is the sister of Dawson Mercer, Allie is the sister of Luke Akerman and Rebecca is the sister of Zachary Bennett.
Goaltender Riley Petten squares himself to the puck.