Randy Pearcey last competed for the Herder way back in 1985 (when this reporter was heading to Kindergarten) as a member of the Stephenville Jets, alongside the likes of Andy Sullivan, John White and Wade Fitzpatrick. They fell to the then mighty Corner Brook Royals (who went on to win the Allan Cup in 1986) in Game 6 of the provincial final. Twenty-four years later, Pearcey is back in the finals as his Clarenville Caribous meet the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars for the Herder Trophy. The last time the feisty coach saw the CeeBees play was in last years Herder when he was sitting in the stands, and as he puts it, eating my heart out we werent there. But not having seen the CeeBees doesnt indicate ignorance on his part regarding the explosiveness of the CeeBees offense. Over half those kids they have on that team, Ive had at my hockey school. So I know what the skill level of that team is and its amazing. If I could clone my team after another two years ago, it would have been the CeeBees. Two years ago the Caribous were clawing their way from the bottom of the Bud Light West Coast League Standings, and Pearcey contends theyve done so by using talented, experienced players and playing the same speedy, finesse game played by the CeeBees. First and foremost, you know youre going to get a quality game from them, insists Pearcey. Youre not going to get a hack and whack style and youre not going to get that from the Clarenville Caribous. Our style is to go out and play the game thats supposed to be played. The new game, by the new rules. Pearcey says no matter what the CeeBees bring to the table, hes confident in his teams ability to adjust accordingly. One that adjustment that could present a challenge is climate. Were used to playing in a real cold box, Pearcey says of Clarenville Stadium, known affectionately by Bous fans as the Tin Can. There, Ive got two pairs of socks, an overcoat, and my leather gloves on and the players on the bench, their feet are frozen sometimes. Now, were going to be playing in an environment thatll be so hot. You cant perform if youre tired because youre sweating, and sweating and sweating. Ive played there a couple of times in rec hockey and done my power skating down there and Id swear I could go out on that ice with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt on. Pearcey and the possibly climatically challenged Caribous meet the CeeBees in Game 1, Saturday night ay 7:30 at Mile One Centre.
- July 27, 2010 - 13:55
looked like Diamond was in his shorts on the double OT goal Andrew scored.