A semi­fi­nal cel­e­bra­tion

The Compass - - ORTHTE - PHO­TOS BY TERRY ROBERTS

The CeeBees Stars com­pleted one of the most no­table up­sets in re­cent pro­vin­cial se­nior hockey his­tory March 2 with a con­vinc­ing 6-2 win over the for­mi­da­ble Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts in Game 6 of their best-of-seven semi­fi­nal se­ries. Play­ing be­fore a full house at the ven­er­a­ble S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace, the CeeBees played what some long­time fans de­scribed as a nearper­fect game, dom­i­nat­ing the Cats in nearly ev­ery as­pect of the game. Some of the CeeBee stand­outs in­cluded for­wards Robert Slaney and Chris Hulit, and goalie Mark Yetman, who made sev­eral crit­i­cal saves late in the con­test. The se­ries win came against a team that fin­ished a jaw-drop­ping 27 points ahead of the CeeBees in the reg­u­lar sea­son stand­ings. How­ever, the CeeBees have been a dif­fer­ent team in re­cent weeks, seem­ingly hav­ing shed a “bad luck” streak that dogged the club all sea­son. With the se­ries win, the CeeBees ad­vanced to the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy fi­nal against the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Clarenville Cari­bous, and the be­stof-seven se­ries was slated to be­gin over the week­end with Games 1 and 2 in Clarenville (re­sults un­avail­able prior to dead­line). The CeeBees will host Games 3, 4 an 5 (if nec­es­sary) on March 15, 16 and 17, and will be seek­ing to cap­ture its eighth Herder ti­tle in the long and sto­ried his­tory of the tro­phy. The CeeBees cap­tured three straight Herders be­tween 2006 and 2008, but a Herder fi­nal hasn’t been played in Har­bour Grace since 1967. Here are some im­ages from the semi­fi­nal s e r i e s - c linch­ing game on March 2.

THE COM­PASS

Veteran de­fence­man Don­nie Gosse con­tin­ues to be a stal­wart on the blue­line.

Cats’ ten­der A. J. Whiffen glances back at the clock, know­ing his team’s sea­son is

near­ing its end.

Robert Slaney cel­e­brates af­ter pot­ting his sec­ond goal of the game late in the third stanza.

De­fence­man Mike Dyke salutes the crowd fol­low­ing the vic­tory.

In­jured CeeBees’ for­ward Terry Ryan cel­e­brates with his team­mates.

Ray Dal­ton gets set for a face-off.

Mem­bers of the CeeBees Stars raise their arms in cel­e­bra­tion at the fi­nal buzzer.

Ref­eree Colin Ab­bott keeps a close eye on the ac­tion.

CeeBees ten­der Mark Yetman made sev­eral out­stand­ing saves late in the game

to keep the Cataracts at bay.

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