Beware the CeeBee Stars

Updated: January 12, 2014
Eastlink CeeBee Stars | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

The Eastlink CeeBee Stars have been one of the most prolific teams on the Newofundland senior hockey scene in the last 10 years. They have either won or placed second in the Herder Memorial Championship 8 times and with the heroics of last year’s win over the Clarenville Caribous, they cemented themselves as part of Newfoundland hockey history.

In the 2013-14 season, the CeeBees struggled early in the year, playing short benched and having a difficult time putting the puck in the net. There were speculations as to the team’s future but the organization stayed through to a game plan that would see it starting 2014 with a bang. They made some key signings and some key trades, released some players and stuck true with its winning formula.

They put an exclamation mark on their efforts in their first game after a month long layoff over the Christmas break in the NLSHL. They easily beat the Gander Flyers with a score of 6-1 after the Flyers were coming off a win over the Western Royals the previous weekend. Then they showed how serious they are handing the Flyers a 10-3 whalloping the following day.

Team Captain Mike Dyke put it simple when he said the team was relentless and that they were. They showed no mercy and kept the pressure on the Flyers, hammering out two much deserved wins. Dyke chipped in a hat trick in the 10-3 victory, scoring in each of the periods and adding an assist for the day.

Newcomer to the CeeBee Stars Ben Duffy showed he was ready to contribute, picking up a goal and adding four assists, capping off an eight point weekend for the Eastlink squad. Matt Quinn also added a goal and an assist. Another newcomer to step up was Roger Kennedy. He stood tall between the pipes, stopping 17 of the 20 shots he faced.

Ask anyone on the team, it’s easy to see that the CeeBees have confidence with their new number 1 goalie. They are playing a different style of hockey and are once again hungry for a return to the league championship.

Some may say it’s too early to pick the CeeBees as contenders given that the team they were facing was the last place Gander Flyers. However, the Flyers are not to be underestimated. They have played exceptionally well this season and have given all the teams they have faced a run for their money. What makes the difference in this series is that the CeeBees kept the Flyers bottled up, closed off their shooting channels and played a very systematic style of hockey that saw them dominate the two matchups.

The CeeBees opposition should be weary given that young Jordan Escott is continually improving and with the additions of Duffy and Quinn, the firepower of this organization has increased threefold. The CeeBees have a solid defence and the big guns to compete with any team in the league.

People should remember that it was only a few short years ago when the Grand Fall-Windsor Cataracts made moves to improve their organization. After going winless in the first half of the season, the Cats dominated the second half and became the powerhouse we see today.

All teams in the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League better stand up and take notice. The Eastlink CeeBee Stars are in this for the long haul and are in this to win.

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