Cari­bous up 2-0 in Herder fi­nals

Clarenville beats St. John’s Greensleeves Caps 4-3 and 5-2

The Beacon (Gander) - - Sport - BY JONATHAN PARSONS HIS­TORY Jonathan.parsons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

The Clarenville Ford Cari­bous snatched two home wins to be­gin the Herder Me­mo­rial cham­pi­onships against the St. John’s Greensleeves Caps. The ‘Bous now lead the best-of­seven se­ries 2-0 head­ing on the road.

On Satur­day night’s game one, Clarenville held on for a close 4-3 vic­tory.

The Caps were the first team on the board in the open­ing pe­riod, scor­ing with 4:16 re­main­ing in the first, when Ja­cob Pitch­ers tal­lied for the vis­it­ing team.

The vis­i­tors were able to ex­tend the lead to 2-0 after Cari­bous’ goal­tender Tyler Whiffen was left hung out to dry in a one-on-one sit­u­a­tion.

Be­fore the end of the first, the Cari­bous cut the lead to one, send­ing the home fans into a frenzy with Chris Sparkes’ marker.

After push­ing the of­fence in the sec­ond, Cari­bous’ vet­eran Ryan De­laney drew the score 2-2.

Clarenville cap­tain Dustin Rus­sell put his team ahead after the ‘Bous killed off a penalty in the third.

With eight min­utes left in the game, the Caps tied it up 3-3 on a goal from Roger Pen­der.

But after draw­ing an el­bow­ing penalty with five min­utes re­main­ing in the con­test, Kevin Reid scored on the power play to put the Cari­bous up again, this time 4-3 — enough to com­plete a game one win for Clarenville. Game three of the Herder fi­nals is set for this Fri­day night at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay.

On Sun­day, game two was also a hotly con­tested af­fair, lead­ing to a 5-2 win for the ‘Bous.

Like game one, the vis­it­ing Caps opened the scor­ing in the first pe­riod. Cody Squires scored with about seven min­utes left in the frame. But be­fore the end of the pe­riod, the ‘Bous lev­eled the game 1-1, when Keith De­laney tal­lied for the home team.

Be­gin­ning the sec­ond on the power play due to the Caps tak­ing an el­bow­ing penalty at the end of the first, the Cari­bous made good on the man ad­van­tage. Bran­don Roach scored the go-ahead goal.

About mid­way through the sec­ond, Cari­bou Ryan Des­rosiers was given a game mis­con­duct after board­ing Jeremy Ni­cholas. Ni­cholas re­mained From the Vault – April 9, 2011 Leo Black­more of New­town, en­joys a cup of morn­ing cof­fee with his fa­ther. Mr. Black­more is the re­cip­i­ent of a new, mod­i­fied van to fit his needs.

down on the ice for a few min­utes, but skated off on his own steam.

De­spite press­ing through­out, the Caps were un­able to score on the en­su­ing five-minute power play, dur­ing which Cap Jeremy Bar­ron was given a twominute mi­nor for un­sports­man­like con­duct.

At the end of the sec­ond, with the score 2-1, the Cari­bous added to their lead when Keith De­laney roofed his sec­ond goal of the game.

In the open­ing minute of the third, Clarenville for­ward Chad Earle fooled St. John’s goalie Kyle Downer with a wris­ter that found the top cor­ner, mak­ing the score 4-1. The Caps an­swered about 10 min­utes later as Ryan Power scored with a slap­shot that he car­ried over the blue­line, elud­ing Clarenville

net­min­der Tyler Whiffen.

But from there, the Cari­bous put the game away on a point shot from Justin Pen­der for a fi­nal score of 5-2.

Game three is set for this Fri­day night at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay.

Coach Rus­sell says two home wins ‘cru­cial’

Cari­bous head coach Rebecca Rus­sell told The Packet after game two, go­ing up 2-0 at home is cru­cial go­ing into the next three on the road.

“We’ve done a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to con­tinue to work on,” said Rus­sell.

She says, while she doesn’t think they played at their best in game one on Satur­day, they man­aged to get the win.

“It’s ups-and-downs but we still man­aged to put to­gether two wins and we can’t com­plain about that.”

Rus­sell added the Caps are a skilled hockey team with a good coach­ing staff that came at the ‘Bous with tough and tena­cious play and they ex­pect more of the same in game three on Fri­day.

Coach Bray: ‘Dirty hit’ leads to in­juries for Caps

While Caps head coach Wally Bray told The Packet his team bat­tled with the Cari­bous over the first two games of the se­ries, two ma­jor in­juries will hurt them and their chances.

Two strength­en­ing pick­ups Jeremy Ni­cholas and Bran­don Pye were in­jured on two sep­a­rate hits in the game. Bray says Pye has a sep­a­rated shoul­der and Ni­cholas has a con­cus­sion and in­jured ro­ta­tor cuff — putting them out of the lineup in­def­i­nitely.

Bray was quick to add the hit that in­jured Ni­cholas was a “dirty hit from be­hind” by Ryan Des­rosiers — who re­ceived a game mis­con­duct on the play.

“They were two strong pick­ups for us, it’s go­ing to af­fect the team,” said Bray.

He says, in game three, they’re hop­ing to “come back, bat­tle ev­ery shift, play 60 min­utes hard and fight as hard as you can.”

When asked what he thinks their chances are in the re­main­der of the se­ries, Bray said, “we’re go­ing to try our best.”

Not ev­ery­body in the re­gion cursed last week’s snow­fall. Johnathon Robotham made the most of the sur­prise school hol­i­day by shov­el­ling his fam­ily’s drive­way and spend­ing a lit­tle ex­tra out­door time with ca­nine com­pan­ion Cheeba.

Well-known New­found­land en­ter­tainer and Gander na­tive Pete Soucy, a.k.a. Snook, mo­men­tar­ily stole the spot­light from Bon­av­ista-Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion MP and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Brian Tobin dur­ing the e-Busi­ness Sym­po­sium 2001 held in Car­bon­ear re­cently.

JONATHAN PARSONS

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