Trade winds blow once again for CeeBees

Another ma­jor shakeup as the team be­gins sec­ond half

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The Eastlink CeeBee Stars have shaken things up sig­nif­i­cantly ahead of re­sum­ing play in the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League.

On Jan. 9, the CeeBees an­nounced the ad­di­tion of im­port for­wards Matt Quinn and ex pro Ben Duffy.

A day later, the wheel­ing and deal­ing con­tin­ued as the team an­nounced it had ac­quired goal­tender Roger Kennedy from the Clarenville Cari­bous in ex­change for for­ward Chad Earle.

In or­der to make room for the two for­wards and Kennedy, the team was forced to jet­ti­son de­fen­sive stal­wart Nick The­ri­ault and goal­tender Joey Per­ri­cone, both of whom were im­ports.

Quinn, 33, comes to the CeeBees af­ter a short stint with the Gan­der Fly­ers ear­lier this sea­son. In five games with the club, he notched a pair of goals.

The five-foot-eleven inch, 170-pound Tim­mons, On­tario na­tive notched point to­tals of 15 (2011) and 17 (2012) with the Cataracts. Quinn cap­tured a Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy in 2011 with the Cats.

Duffy comes to Har­bour Grace with an im­pres­sive re­sume. The 21year-old Lower Sackville, NS na­tive has spent time this sea­son play­ing pro­fes­sional hockey in the Amer­i­can Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.

Duffy got into 15 games with the AHL’s Hamil­ton Bull­dogs and six games with the Bull­dogs’ ECHL af­fil­i­ate, the Wheel­ing Nail­ers.

The cen­tre­man should add some of­fen­sive punch to the CeeBees lineup in the sec­ond half. With the Nail­ers, Duffy posted six points ( four goals, two as­sits) in as many games.

A for­mer team­mate of CeeBees’ stand­out Jor­dan Es­cott while both were with the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Rocket of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League, Duffy reg­is­tered 341 points in 266 ca­reer games in the Q.

This in­cluded an im­pres­sive 110 points in his fi­nal sea­son. That sea­son, Duffy set the fran­chise mark for sin­gle sea­son scor­ing.

All three ad­di­tions were ex­pected to dress this weekend when the club squared off at home for two games with the Gan­der Fly­ers. Re­sults for both games were not known prior to dead­line.

Los­ing im­por­tant pieces

With the re­lease of The­ri­ault, the CeeBees lose a key com­po­nent of the team’s 2013 Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy run.

The­ri­ault was a rock on the back end for the club, and pro­vided a big, boom­ing shot from the point on the power play.

In two-plus sea­sons in the league, he had es­tab­lished him­self as a topflight de­fence­man.

In his brief ten­ure with the CeeBees, Per­ri­cone was hit with a lot of rub­ber. In 10 games with the club, the keeper faced 404 shots, which trans­lates to an av­er­age of 40 a game.

To his credit, he stopped 358 of those for a save per­cent­age of .881.

Per­ri­cone proved he could be a vi­able op­tion in net for a team and there should be a mar­ket for him.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

New CeeBees goal­tender Roger Kennedy (right) is shown in ac­tion against the CeeBees in this Com­pass file photo from 2011. Kennedy was ac­quired by the club from the Clarenville Cari­bous on Jan. 10 in ex­change for for­ward Chad Earle.

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