New guys make impact in CeeBee Stars debuts
The three new Eastlink CeeBee Stars signings made some great first impressions with their new club Jan. 11-12.
After watching all three in action against the Gander Flyers, it is hard to understate the impact had by Ben Duffy, Matt Quinn and Roger Kennedy in all aspects of the game.
The inclusion of Duffy and Quinn in the lineup seemed to jump start a CeeBees attack that had averaged just three goals a game in the first half of the season.
Duffy accounted for eight points over the weekend, being a factor on roughly 50 per cent of the team’s offense.
Duffy and team leading scorer Jordan Escott made up a dynamic pairing. The two were a danger to score every time on the ice and drew awes from fans with a passing display that bordered on ridiculous.
At times, it appeared the two were playing keep away with the puck.
Skating with Duffy, Escott continued his meteoric rise this season, racking up six points (a goal and five assists). “We brought Ben (Duffy) in to provide some more offense to go along with the year that Jordan (Escott) is having,” said coach Peter George.
Moving to Quinn. He appeared to be a danger to the opposition every time he touched the puck, using his superior speed to open up ice for him and his teammates.
The Timmons, Ont. native had two goals and three assists in his new digs.
“Matt Quinn is a veteran of this league, he’s one of the fastest players in this league,” said Peter George. “He can be a factor in both ends of the rink. So, we’re certainly happy with that.”
Kennedy, his contributions not to be understated, was solid and at times spectacular in stopping 42 of the 45 shots he faced in his first two games with the CeeBees. “He was stellar this weekend, I thought,” said George.
Acquired from the Clarenville Caribous for forward Chad Earle, Kennedy might be the key piece of the moves made prior to the weekend.
The Mount Pearl native gives the CeeBees a dependable backstop who does not take up an import card.
“With the weather we’ve been having, if a goaltender doesn’t get in on a playoff weekend, it could be your season,” said George.
Results from two games with the Western Royals, and one with the Mount Pearl Blades, were not known at press time.
The CeeBees are on the road this weekend, travelling to Grand FallsWindsor for a two-game series with the Cataracts. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday ( Jan. 25) at 7:30 p.m. Puck drop is slated for Game 2 at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26.