CeeBees on verge of Herder championship

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C.B.N. down Clarenville 3-2 in Game 3 for 3-0 series lead

Clarenville Caribous goaltender Jason Churchill looks behind to see Doug O'Brien's (not pictured) shot dent twine during Game 3 of the Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series Friday night in Harbour Grace. The CeeBees won 3-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven provincial final. Game 4 goes Saturday night at 7:30 at S. W, Moores Memorial Stadium. — Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

By Kenn Oliver

The Telegram

With a win in Game 4 of the Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series Saturday night, the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars can complete their Cinderella story.

With nine minutes to go in Game 3 Friday night at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, the CeeBees Jordan Escott scotred the winning goal off Clarenville Caribous netminder Jason Churchill to break a 2-2 tie and give his team a 3-2 win. The CeeBees lead the seris 3-0.

"It's never over, the fourth game is always the hardest to win," Escott said after the game. "But I'd rather be up 3-0 than down 3-0. Tonight was a big game, it's a good feeling."

Also scoring for the CeeBees were Doug O'Brien with a powerplay marker and Ray Dalton who opened the scoring.

Stephen Oates and Matt Bragg replied for the 'Bous who have never faced a deficit in their three previous trips to the best-of-seven provincial final.

Mark Yetman picked up the win for C.B.N., turning aside 24 of 26 shots against. Churchill faced 29 shots.

Escott wouldn't say the team, which struggled to put up wins in the regular season and only narrowly squeaked into the post-season, feels unbeatable at this point. But he feels good about his team's chances to finish off the series at home this weekend.

"We've had a lot of adversity, and everything that is thrown at us right now we've still been finding ways to win games, now we've got to find a way to win one more."

The Caribous declined comments at game's end.

Game 4 gets underway at 7:30 at S.W. Moores. A game 5, if necessary, would follow on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.



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