Sea­son on the brink

Ceebees to host fi­nal week­end se­ries

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

It is look­ing more and more like this week­end’s two-game set with the Gan­der Fly­ers will be a make or break se­ries for the CeeBee Stars in pro­vin­cial se­nior hockey ac­tion.

The CeeBees and the Fly­ers have been locked in a sea­son-long bat­tle for the fourth and fi­nal play­off spot, and de­pend­ing on how both teams faired this past week­end (re­sults un­avail­able), the Feb. 9 and 10 games at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace could have all the feel of a play­off se­ries.

Both teams went into week­end ac­tion with 11 points. The CeeBees were sched­uled to play three games over the week­end, while the Fly­ers were set to play twice in Clarenville against the Cari­bous.

De­pend­ing on how ev­ery­thing played out, there are a mul­ti­tude of sce­nar­ios avail­able, rang­ing from a best-case sce­nario of the CeeBees pick­ing up all six points this past week­end and be­ing in the driver’s seat against the Fly­ers, or pos­si­bly trail­ing the Fly­ers by as many as four points and fac­ing two must-win sit­u­a­tions.

It’s the cli­max of what can only be de­scribed as a tu­mul­tuous sea­son for the CeeBees.

The team got off to a promis­ing start by post­ing a .500 record through the first six games of the sea­son, but has not posted a vic­tory since Dec. 1. The team’s fu­ture is also now in ques­tion, with rev­e­la­tions last month that the team is hav­ing fi­nan­cial strug­gles be­cause of lack­lus­tre at­ten­dance at home games, and the high cost of op­er­at­ing a team in the province- wide league.

Game 1 of this week­end’s se­ries with Gan­der starts 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, while Sun­day’s con­test be­gins at 1:30 p.m.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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