Clarenville Caribous 2011-2012 Herder ChampsBy
The Clarenville Caribous are the 2011-2012 Herder Memorial Champions, taking game 5 of the series by a score of 6-3 over the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
This win more than seals Clarenville’s place atop of the Newfoundland hockey scene as one of the most dominating teams to play in the province at the senior level. They have cemented themselves in hockey history taking their third Herder in 4 years and in the only year they didn’t win this provincial award, they won the Allan Cup!
With the controversy surrounding the Herder Venue and Grand Falls-Windor’s public battle with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador over moving the championship series away from home arenas, one has to wonder if this impacted their teams’ performance.
While the Cataracts did win the opening game of the series at Mile One in St. John’s, there were those who credited the win more to nerves and poor play by the Clarenville goaltender Jason Churchill. It wasn’t until Churchill got his bearings well into the second game of the series that the Caribous started firing on all cylinders.
The Caribous were the better team and in taking four games straight, proved one of the reasons why they were the best team throughout the regular season.
Team captain Dustin Russell was named MVP.
Congratulations to the Clarenville Caribous for their 3rd Herder Championship and for treating the fans in both St. John’s and Corner Brook to some great hockey action.