DEER LAKE The festive season out of the way, itâ€™s time to crash and bang again for senior hockey teams.
All six teams in the provincial senior hockey league will resume action this weekend after the league had been dormant for the Christmas break.
The second half of the season gets underway tonight with the Mountâ€ˆPearl H J Bartlett Electric Blades hosting the Eastlink CeeBee Stars 8 p.m. at The Glacier in Mount Pearl in the first game of a home-and-home series that will see the CeeBee Stars play host Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
The Blades enter the weekend tied for third place overall with the Western Royals with 16 points apiece, while the Flyers sit in the cellar in the East with nine points for a tie with the CeeBee Stars for last spot overall.
The Royals (7-5-2) will try to create some space between themselves and the Blades (8-6-0) when they play host the Flyers (3-8-3) for a two-games series at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.
The other weekend series will see the league-leading Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts (12-2) tangle with the second-place Clarenville Caribous (8-3-3) in a two-game series slated for Saturday and Sunday at the Clarenville Events Centre.
The Royals will be home at the Hodder (Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m.) with Justin Barbour and Michael Hynes in the hunt for the league scoring title at the Christmas break.
Hynes and Barbour, who play on the teamâ€™s top offensive line with former NHLer Darren Langon flanking the wing, are tied with two other players â€” Cam Fergus of the Cataracts and Andrew Sweetland of the Caribous â€” for fifth spot overall in the scoring race with 19 points.