Clarenville Cari­bous play first game of sea­son Nov. 10

Bous don’t skate on home ice un­til Dec. 1

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY MARK SQUIBB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

The Cari­bous will be play­ing their first game of the sea­son on Satur­day, Nov. 10, when they bat­tle the Con­cep­tion Bay Blues in CBS.

The Bous will play three more games in No­vem­ber, but fans hop­ing to watch the team play on home ice will have to wait un­til Satur­day Dec. 1, when they play against the Grand Fall­sWind­sor Cataracts.

GM Ivan Hap­good ex­plained the Bous had re­quested a late first home game to al­low time to clew up some mi­nor de­tails at home, as the main fo­cus over the past sev­eral weeks has been fi­nal­iz­ing play­ers and pre­par­ing team ros­ter.

“The sched­ule is ac­tu­ally done in our fa­vor,” he told The Packet.

In the mean­while, the ros­ter re­mains a work in progress.

“We’ve got about 14 guys that are con­firmed now,” Hap­good said, list­ing Tyler Whif­fen, Cody McNa­mara, An­drew Smith, Joshua St. Ge­orge and Justin Pen­der among those.

Ryan and Keith De­laney, as well as Bran­don Roach, are not re­turn­ing.

Vet­eran play­ers Ja­son Churchill, Dustin Rus­sell and Ryan Des­rosiers re­main un­cer­tain.

Lucas and Lyn­don Goo­bie, who had played with South­ern Shore Break­ers last year, and for­mer Tri-Pen AAA goalie Matthew Chip­pet, will be join­ing the Cari­bous this year.

No coach has yet been se­lected to re­place Re­becca Rus­sell, with Hap­good sug­gest­ing he and Dustin Rus­sell would han­dle coach­ing du­ties in the in­terim.

“We’re not rush­ing into it; we feel com­fort­able. It’s not a ma­jor is­sue at this point and time,” he ex­plained.

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