New guys make im­pact in CeeBee Stars de­buts

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.”

Goal­tend­ing solid

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.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Matt Quinn

Ben Duffy

Roger Kennedy

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