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(April 4, 2017) — An exciting season of senior hockey came to a close this past weekend with the Avalon East Senior Hockey League’s own Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars crowned as Herder Memorial Trophy champions. The AESHL executive wishes to congratulate the entire CeeBees organization — players, coaches, executive, volunteers and their passionate fans — for representing the league with class, dignity and an incredible effort throughout the regular season, playoffs and provincial senior A final. That the organization was able to make such an incredible turnaround from one season to the next and cap it off by claiming a coveted Herder title is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all involved. The Clarenville Caribous also warrant sincere congratulations for their regular season, a return to the Central West Senior Hockey League champion status and for offering the CeeBees and senior hockey fans across the province an unforgettable and hard-fought Herder final. The AESHL also wishes the best of luck to the members of the Caribous joining the Grand Fall-Windsor Cataracts for next week’s Allan Cup national senior men’s hockey championship in Bouctouche, N.B. — Jason Churchill, Ryan Desrosiers, Brandon Roach and Stuart Macrae. We look forward to celebrating another Allan Cup win for a senior hockey club from our province.
(Mar. 31, 2017) — With a split in the opening two games of the Herder Memorial Trophy championship series last weekend in Harbour Grace, this year’s provincial senior A senior hockey championships is now a best-of-three. The series — featuring the Avalon East Senior Hockey League champion Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars and the Central West Senior Hockey League’s Clarenville Caribous — continues 8 o’clock tonight with Game 3 at the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville. “In a short series you have to take advantage of your opportunities,” says CeeBees coach Ian Moores. “We know Clarenville has the skill to make the most of theirs, so limiting our mistakes is huge.” Adds coach Peter George, “Staying on even a keel as possible will be important and of course being able to ride the momentum swings. “It's going to be a fun entertaining weekend of hockey.” The CeeBees’ strengthening players proved to make a difference in Games 1 and 2, contributing to the scoring and the team’s success behind centre. Northeast Eagles defenceman Dan Cadigan in particular was by all accounts one of the best players on the ice in both contests. It came as no surprises to Moores and George who suggest Cadigan proved he is an elite player in senior hockey. “We asked him to join us not only for his skill but also his character and so far we have gotten that and more out of him, he is certainly playing like an elite player, and a player that wants to show Newfoundland senior hockey exactly what he can do,” says Moores. At the same time, George says the CeeBees’ own elite players like Matthew Thomey, Sam Roberts, Colin Feehan and MVP netminder A.J. Whiffen were major factors in the opening two games. “They have all stepped up their game and shared the work oad of missing our captain Robert Slaney,” insists George. Game 4 is Saturday night at 7:30 and Game 5, if necessary, is set for Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
(Mar. 26, 2017) -- The Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars scored twice in the third period to defeat the Clarenville Caribous 2-1 Sunday to tie the Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series at a game apiece. At the Danny Cleary Community Centre, the Caribous' Mason Reid opened the scoring early in the second period and it stayed 1-0 until John Charles Snow notched the equalizer at 12:26 of the third. A shade over five minutes later, Matthew Thomey potted the winner. A.J. Whiffen posted the win between the pipes and Clarenville's Jason Churchill took the loss. The series shifts to Clarenville and the Eastlink Events Centre for Games 3 and 4 next Friday and Saturday. Game 5, if necessary, is set for Sunday.
(Mar. 26, 2017) -- Brandon Roach's power play marker with 34 seconds left to play in the second period was the winner as the Clarenville Caribous edged the Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars 4-2 in Game 1 of the Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series Saturday night. At the Danny Cleary Community Centre in Harbour Grace, Mason Reid opened the scoring for the Central West Senior Hockey League champion Caribous and Ryan Desrosiers made it 2-0 midway through the second. CeeBees pickup Shane Boland of the Puglisevich Southern Shore Breakers brought the CeeBees within one before Roach's tally. Jeremy Nicholas, another pickup from the Shore, made it 3-2 with a shorthanded goal early in the third, but the CeeBees weren't able to close the gap and the Caribous' Stu MacRae added an empty net goal in the third. Jason Churchill made 32 stops for the win, while A.J. Whiffen saw 32 in net for the CeeBees. Game 2 in the series is this afternoon, 2 o'clock, in Harbour Grace. Games 3, and if necessary, 4 and 5 are set for the Eastlink Events Centre in Clarenville next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Prior to the contest, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador handed out senior hockey awards for the 2016-17 season. The winners were: The Telegram Trophy (Team with best winning average in regular season): Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars (18-2-1, 37 pts) SE Tuma Memorial Award (Leading scorer): Matthew Thomey, CeeBee Stars (14 goals, 20 assists, 34 pts) T.A. Gus Soper Memorial Award (MVP) & President's Goaltender Award (Top goalie): A.J. Whiffen, CeeBee Stars (17-2-1, 1.67 GAA, .953 SVPCT)
(Mar. 23, 2017) — A pre-sale of tickets for the first two games of the 2017 Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series will take place Friday night from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bussey Arena on Bonaventure Avenue in St. John’s. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and $18 for general admission. Tickets are being sold for CASH ONLY. Game 1 of the best-of-five series featuring the AESHL champion Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars and the champions of the Central West Senior Hockey League is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday a the Danny Cleary Community Centre in Harbour Grace. Game 2 goes on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The CeeBees themselves begin their pre-sale tonight from 7 to 0 p.m. at the arena box office. Tickets will also be available Friday from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and prior to puck drop up until 8:30 p.m. There will be a separate line for season ticket holders and hot seat holders tonight and Friday. These tickets MUST be picked up by 3 p.m. on Friday.