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CeeBees' gead coach Corey Crocker is shown here on the bench during recent NLSHL action. Crocker and the CeeBees have found themselves having to claw back into the playoffs after Gander took a point from the Catarcts last weekend.
If the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League regular season ended today, the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars would find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.
As it stands now, the CeeBees are still in the hunt for the final playoff spot with nine games left to play.
The CeeBees, who were out of action this past weekend, watched as the expansion Gander Flyers stole a single point from the league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
Although the Flyers pushed the game to overtime and eventually a shootout, the Cataracts won the game 4-3. Wes Welcher and Andrew Pearcey scored in the shootout for the winners, while Sean Wadden scored for the Flyers.
The CeeBees and Flyers had been tied with the Flyers for fourth place with 10 points apiece. The point gives the Flyers 11 points and the rights to the last playoff spot.
The CeeBees, do however, hold an advantage over the Flyers heading down the stretch. The Flyers have played three more games than the Harbour Grace squad. The CeeBees have played 15 games, compared to Gander's 18.
The club will be aided in their battle to make the playoffs when the Flyer's have a break in the schedule in a couple of weeks.
The CeeBees welcome the Western Royals to the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace for a Saturday (Jan. 19) tilt at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Sunday (Jan. 20) match at 1:30 p.m.
Regardless of how it looks at present day, the CeeBees are still in the hunt and have set up an exciting finish to the season.