Team built to beat Clarenville, says coach

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“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.

New arena

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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