Team built to beat Clarenville, says coach
“On my two goals, he’s the one who battled hard, got the puck loose and I just put it in an empty net, pretty much,” said Delaney. “It’s hard when you’re not playing all game to step up and get a goal and two assists.”
Ray Dalton opened the scoring for the CeeBees, beating Caribous’ starter Jason Churchill from the faceoff dot. His shot went through a maze of bodies to find the back of the net.
The Caribous would strike next while on the powerplay. With Nick Theriault in the box for cross-checking, Ryan Desrosiers fired a puck past CeeBees’ netminder Mark Yetman. Steve Yetman had the helper.
The rest of the period was even as the buzzer sounded with the score knotted at one apiece.
In the second period, the CeeBees again struck first. Daniel Sparkes, who the night previous did not see a shift, tipped home a Donnie Gosse point shot. Keith Delaney also had an assist.
However, the Caribous snatched momentum away from the CeeBees when Dale Sullivan ripped a shot from the slot past Yetman. Matt Bragg had the assist.
The third period was scoreless. When the final buzzer sounded, players bounded over the boards, embraced each other while a frenzied pro-CeeBees crowd reached a fever pitch around them.
Prior to puck drop, CarbonearHarbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy formally announced the finalization of plans for a new stadium in Harbour Grace.
“There was no better send-off from our perspective,” said coach Peter George, referring to the venerable stadium.
George said the blueprint for the championship team started in August when he, Ian Moores and former head coach Corey Crocket started mapping out a direction for the team.
“We built the team to beat Clarenville. That was our goal,” he said. “We knew at some point, we
Doug O’Brien takes a victory lap with the Herder Memorial Trophy.
had to play Clarenville … and Corey was a big part of that.”
George had many thoughts swirling through his mind as he watched his team celebrate with friends and family. At the front of that was former captain Matthew Thomey, who now works in another province.
The title victory was the first for the CeeBees since 2008.
“Tonight is our time,” said Moores.