Harbour Grace club in sole possession of fourth spot with 12 points
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CeeBee Stars' forward Chris Hulit fires the puck over the glove hand of Clarenville Caribous keeper Roger Kennedy in Newfoundland Senior Hockey League action Feb. 1 at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. The CeeBees dropped the game 6-4 to the Caribous, but picked up a much-needed win two nights later in Grand Falls-Windsor when the team beat the Cataracts 6-5 in a shootout.
It might have taken them nine games to do it, but the CeeBee Stars finally have its first win of 2013.
The CeeBees handed the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts their first overtime loss of the season and only third loss overall, after taking a 6-5 shootout winner over the first place team.
After dropping the first two games of the weekend and staring at a second game with the league-leading Cataracts, the CeeBees showed grit and determination in the face of adversity.
Chris Hulit (2), Terry Ryan, Ryan Delaney and Chris Sparkes scored for the CeeBees in regulation, while Jordan Escott scored in the shootout.
With the victory, the CeeBees have a record of six wins, 15 losses and one overtime loss, good for 12 points. The team is now one point ahead of the Gander Flyers, who sit in the basement of the five-team league.
Those two points were crucial as it thrust the Harbour Grace club into the fourth and final playoff spot in the province-wide league. This is after the league had rescinded the point picked up by the CeeBees in a shootout loss to the Western Royals on Jan. 27 due to an ineligible player late last week.
Backup goaltender Freddie Diamond’s name could not be found on the CeeBees’ 25-man protected list making him ineligible to dress for any games until his name was added to the list. According to league rules, any team placing ineligible players on the official game sheet shall forfeit the game to the opposing team in either regular schedule or playoff competition.
Aside from gaining a hold on the last playoff spot, the victory gives the team a boost of confidence heading into this weekend’s win-and-get-in series with the Flyers.
A regulation win on Saturday (Feb. 9) would put the team up three points on the Flyers, and put fourth out of reach of the expansion club.
Rest of weekend
The CeeBees started of the weekend with a 6-4 loss to the Caribous.
Hulit, Robert Slaney, Ryan and Fred Earle scored for the club.
The team followed that up with a 3-1 with Keith Delaney registering the only goal for the club.