Ceebee Stars aim to even record
Hoping to overcome slow start to 2013-14 season
The Eastlink CeeBee Stars entered provincial senior hockey league action this past weekend with just three wins in 10 games, but in true CeeBee fashion, team members believe they can turn things around ahead of the Christmas break.
Officials with the club have set the goal of playing .500 hockey by the time the calendar turns to Jan. 1, 2014.
It will be a tall order, but not an impossible task for the Harbour Grace-based club.
The team will play two more games before the break — a home-and-home series with the Mount Pearl Blades — after playing the second place Clarenville Caribous this past weekend. Results were not known prior to deadline.
Should the CeeBees have swept the Caribous in that series, and follow that up with sweep of the Blades this weekend, the CeeBees would be right where they want to be heading into the second half of the season.
The CeeBees have shown flashes of stability in the early season, however, the team must put together a full 60 minutes of hockey if it wants to reach the goal.
In two of the team’s losses this season the team has played tight games with the Caribous and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts heading into the third period, only to see the bottom fall out of those games and end up losing by a spread of two or three goals.
In those third periods, the CeeBees were outshot 18-8 and 19-6.
“I think we’re still learning as a team, and we certainly have to get better in the third period and we know that,” said veteran forward Chris Sparkes. “It’s something that we have to work on as a team.”
Things have to start in the defensive end for the CeeBees. That includes taking care of the puck and cutting down on trips to the penalty box.
“We have to start playing a bit more defensive hockey,” said Sparkes.
CeeBees’ coach Ian Moores knows the march to .500 will not be an easy one.
“That is the goal. Is it possible? It is possible,” he said. “Is going to happen? Who knows.
“That is definitely the goal and we’re going to scratch our way back to .500 and go from there.”
The CeeBees return to action this week- end with a two-game series with the Mount Pearl Blades. The first game is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Mount Pearl Glacier with puck drop scheduled for 8 p.m. Game 2 moves to Harbour Grace on Saturday (Dec. 14) and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
CeeBees’ Wes Welcher driving hard against Gander Flyers’ defenceman Brad Slaney in provincial senior hockey league action at the Gander Community Centre on Dec. 1. The CeeBees won 4-3 in a shootout.