Another major shakeup as the team begins second half
The Eastlink CeeBee Stars have shaken things up significantly ahead of resuming play in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.
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New CeeBees goaltender Roger Kennedy (right) is shown in action against the CeeBees in this Compass file photo from 2011. Kennedy was acquired by the club from the Clarenville Caribous on Jan. 10 in exchange for forward Chad Earle.
On Jan. 9, the CeeBees announced the addition of import forwards Matt Quinn and ex pro Ben Duffy.
A day later, the wheeling and dealing continued as the team announced it had acquired goaltender Roger Kennedy from the Clarenville Caribous in exchange for forward Chad Earle.
In order to make room for the two forwards and Kennedy, the team was forced to jettison defensive stalwart Nick Theriault and goaltender Joey Perricone, both of whom were imports.
Quinn, 33, comes to the CeeBees after a short stint with the Gander Flyers earlier this season. In five games with the club, he notched a pair of goals.
Known as an agitator, Quinn has flashed his offensive ability in the previous two seasons in Grand Falls-Windsor.
The five-foot-eleven inch, 170-pound Timmons, Ontario native notched point totals of 15 (2011) and 17 (2012) with the Cataracts. Quinn captured a Herder Memorial Trophy in 2011 with the Cats.
Duffy comes to Harbour Grace with an impressive resume. The 21-year-old Lower Sackville, NS native has spent time this season playing professional hockey in the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League.
Duffy got into 15 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and six games with the Bulldogs’ ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.
The centreman should add some offensive punch to the CeeBees lineup in the second half. With the Nailers, Duffy posted six points (four goals, two assits) in as many games.
A former teammate of CeeBees’ standout Jordan Escott while both were with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Duffy registered 341 points in 266 career games in the Q.
This included an impressive 110 points in his final season. That season, Duffy set the franchise mark for single season scoring.
Duffy and Quinn are sure to add scoring punch to a lineup that has been limited by player availability and has averaged just three goals a game this season.
Both are expected to dress this weekend when the club squares off at home for two games with the Gander Flyers.
Needing a ‘home’ goaltender
In the NLSHL, it is becoming ever apparent that a key to winning is having a non-import goaltender.
Look around the league, save for the Western Royals, the top teams have a home grown keeper in goal.
The CeeBees proved it last year with a Herder victory backstopped by Mark Yetman. Having Yetman opened up an import card for sniper Chris Hulit.
Observers say acquiring Kennedy is a “good hockey move” for the team.
Losing important pieces
With the release of Theriault, the CeeBees lose a key component of the team’s 2013 Herder Memorial Trophy run.
Theriault was a rock on the back end for the club, and provided a big, booming shot from the point on the power play.
In two-plus seasons in the league, he had established himself as a top-flight defenceman.
In his brief tenure with the CeeBees, Perricone was hit with a lot of rubber. In 10 games with the club, the keeper faced 404 shots, which translates to an average of 40 a game.
To his credit, he stopped 358 of those for a save percentage of .881.
Perricone proved he could be a viable option in net for a team and there should be a market for him.
Game 1 with the Flyers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 11) at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. On Sunday (Jan. 12) puck drop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.