CeeBees ready for home opener

Nicholas Mercer
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CeeBees' forward Robert Slaney gets out of the way of a Grant Donovan during opening weekend action in Gander, Oct. 20-21. The CeeBees are set for their home opener this weekend when they host the Western (formerly Corner Brook) Royals.

With stops in Gander, Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor, it might’ve felt like the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars were never going to play a game in Harbour Grace.

But, that is all set to change as the CeeBees get set to welcome the Western (formerly Corner Brook) Royals to the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium for a two-game set over Remembrance Day weekend (Nov. 10-11).

The CeeBees played well on the road, posting a record of three wins and three losses over the first six games of the season.

Like in any sport, going on the road is a grind.

Players are a way from their families and the comfort of their own bed.

It’s good to be home, as they say.

“It’s a breathe of fresh air to be finally home,” said CeeBees head coach Corey Crocker.

The coach said his charges fared well at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium last weekend (Nov. 3-4).

“I though we played well in the second half of the first game, and on Sunday, I thought we outplayed them,” said Crocker. “But, to come back .500, we’re in good shape and finally back on our home ice.

“I know guys are excited to get back.”

He said special teams will be big for the team coming home.

“I think our power-play has to be much better,” said Crocker. “We have to generate more shots and traffic in front of the net. Our power-play definitely has to get better.”

Although the team had some minor breakdowns last weekend, it is nothing to be worried about.

“We played some really good hockey teams. Clarenville, as everyone knows, is extremely good. Grand Falls is a really good team …  and Gander is an expansion team that works really hard. That Gander team is going to win some hockey games,” said Crocker. “You always hate to lose, but you have to look at how you lose. We’re confident and we just have to be better in a couple of areas.”


Jam packed

The CeeBees were a part of an exciting home opener when they opened the season on the road in Gander.

Now, they are hoping for the same thing to happen Saturday night, as fans have been clamouring for their first glimpse of the newest CeeBees, including Upper Island Cove native Robert Slaney.

“We’re expecting a full house,” said Crocker.

A full house at the S.W. Moores means rabid fans, shaking glass and the familiar sound of a loud horn.

“The fans have to realize that they’re a big part of the way we play. How loud they are and how supportive they are toward our hockey team,” said Crocker. “The players thrive off it … I know, from talking to players, that teams don’t like coming to Harbour Grace because of the rink because the fans are on top of you.”

The Royals currently sit in fourth place, two points behind the CeeBees, with a record of two wins and two losses in four games.

Puck drop on Saturday (Nov. 10) is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday (Nov. 11) is an afternoon affair, with things getting underway 1:30 p.m.


Organizations: Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

Geographic location: Gander, Harbour Grace, Corner Brook S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium Grand Falls Upper Island Cove

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  • Paul
    November 08, 2012 - 23:17

    I'm sure if you ask the CeeBees players they would say that they love having the horn man on the rail, it gets them pumped up.It's another reason the SW Moores can be an intimidating place for opposing players. I remember a couple of years ago when Terry Ryan was with the Blades and he was arguing a call with the referee but the ref couldn't hear a word he was sayng because the horn was blowing in the background, you could tell Ryan was getting more and more pissed off. It was hilarious!!! Anyway TR is one of the good guys now so he'll appreciate the horn this year!

  • Phil Hurley
    November 07, 2012 - 19:53

    COLEYS FISHERIES what a name use ya real name by if you are going to say something about people use your name not Coleys Fisheries I guess I am the Horm man you are talking about ha ha ha anyway this yera the ceebees are better than ever with Crocker and George at the wheel we are in for another great season , thanks for keep senior hockey in the Bay boys , now fans fet out and support this great team ...... My name is Phil Hurley ha ha ha

  • Coleys Fisheries
    November 07, 2012 - 14:03

    High hopes to expect a full house. For what them young fellers are getting paid, you should be paying us to come watch. Paying waterboys and coaches to be flown in. Not even fit. I hears they have a good team, but my ears are good not handy to that foolish horn feller. Rude and does not respect the kids in the stands. My ears rings, let alone a 5 year olds. Also the mouth on him, the language he uses isn't fit for anyones ears. They should be throwing these fellers out of the rink. Rabid fans? Rude fans more like it. Crocker needs to come down off his high horse and hand the reigns over to someone who lives here that they don't have to pay or fly in. Peter George is more than capable of coaching or John Drover or former player Neil Cleary.