CeeBees start provincial tournament 2-0

Nicholas Mercer
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Peewee team outscoring opponents 14-2

The CeeBees minor peewee A team have started strong in its provincial tournament at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.

CeeBees' forward Josh Neil (left) carries the puck into the Northeast Eagles' zone in provincial peewee action at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace on April 21. Neil would score twice in the CeeBees' 5-1 victory.

The CeeBees have recorded two wins in its first two games with Mount Pearl and Northeast of Torbay.

In the first game, Harbour Grace-based club handily upended Mount Pearl by a score of 9-1.

Game 2 featured much of the same. Using a balanced attack and timely goaltending from Josh Mullins, the CeeBees upended the Northeast Eagles 5-1.

The home team got goals from Josh Squires, Lucas Adams, Nick Donovan and Josh Neil (2).

Playing on your home ice in a provincial tournament can be a huge advantage for any team. Players get to sleep in their own beds, eat at home and play on the sheet of ice they’ve played on the entire year.

It’s one advantage CeeBees coach Brian Donovan feels will be important for his team, which it has.

“There will be some hometown flavour, with the fans coming out to watch the games,” he said.

CeeBees’ fans are known as ones who support each other. For proof of that look no further than the under-15 championship finale between the CeeBees and the Straits of St. Barbe.

The S.W. Moores was rocking as numerous minor hockey teams came out to support their hockey playing brethren, including the host peewee team.

“I think with our minor hockey kids that are home and the parents that are home and having those people in the stands, it is going to be special,” said Donovan.

Monday's games were full of a raucous pro-CeeBees crowd that seemed to spur on the young players as the day progressed. It is sure to be similar when the second day of the tournament gets underway.

Coming together

Heading into any provincial tournament it is key for a team to hit its stride just before the puck drops.

After playing strong hockey over the last couple of months, Donovan believes his team is firing on all cylinders.

“It seems like the team has started to come together,” said the coach.

Experience a factor

The CeeBees squad is second-year player heavy and features 10 players from last year’s squad.

That team was victorious in its provincial tournament last season and brought home a banner.

“Our experience is definitely a key,” said Donovan.

This means players have an understanding of what it takes to win a provincial championship, which can be huge in crucial moments.

The CeeBees feature a high-powered attack that does not take a shift off.

“We have a balanced lineup,” said Donovan.

This will surely be an advantage as teams attempt to game plan for the CeeBees on the second day of the tournament.

For more coverage of local teams at provincial tournaments, keep checking www.cbncompass.ca.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Geographic location: S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium, Harbour Grace, Mount Pearl Lake Melville Marystown

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