CeeBee Stars set for play­offs

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League play­offs are set and the CeeBee Stars have an op­po­nent

The CeeBees and the Mount Pearl Blades will re­new ac­quain­tances this weekend (Feb. 14-16) in the east­ern di­vi­sion semi­fi­nals. The win­ner will meet first place Clarenville Cari­bous for the right to play for the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

The divi­sional semi­fi­nals will be a best-of-5 se­ries. How­ever, the lo­ca­tion of the open­ing two games was un­known up to Fri­day. Af­ter the league awarded the CeeBees two points for the post­poned game with the Western Roy­als on Jan. 19, they were set to meet the Blades in a makeup game on Feb. 8 at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

The two points meant the CeeBees trailed the Blades for sec­ond place in the east by just one point. Re­sults of the game were not known prior to dead­line.

If the CeeBees man­aged to pull out the vic­tory in reg­u­la­tion, the se­ries would open in Har­bour Grace, but a loss or over­time vic­tory would mean a Mount Pearl start.

The race for sec­ond has been in­dica­tive of the sea­son se­ries be­tween the two teams, with both teams hav­ing played some close con­tests.

Al­though the Har­bour Grace-based club has just one vic­tory over Mount Pearl this sea­son, games have been close. The CeeBees are 1-3-1 against the Blades.

The great­est mar­gin of vic­tory for ei­ther side has been three goals, with one game go­ing to a shootout.

Head­ing into the se­ries, the CeeBees had won five of their last eight games, in­clud­ing four straight at home and a re­cent weekend sweep of the Cari­bous.

The team is play­ing some of its best hockey to date. The CeeBees will be led into the play­offs by lead­ing scorer Jor­dan Es­cott, who had 35 points as of Feb. 7, and goal­tender Roger Kennedy, who has sparkled in his stint with the club.

The CeeBees top unit of Es­cott, Ben Duffy and Colin Fee­han have been dy­namic as of late and are sure to pro­vide an en­hanced sense of ex­cite­ment at the rink.

Fans at the S.W. Moores are sure to be treated to a tight check­ing se­ries, with some high­light reel plays mixed in.

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