Lav­i­gne’s con­fi­dence climb­ing

CBN Ceebee Stars set to wel­come Gan­der Fly­ers

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

Dale Sul­li­van Des­rosiers replied bous.

“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.

and Ryan for the Cari-

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Daw­son Mercer (14) buries the pass he re­ceived from team­mate Shae­lyn Snow (back), as Mercer’s other line­mate, Kyle Pet­ten crashes the goal.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

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