Caribous take Herder

Robin Short
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Clarenville Caribous team captain Dustin Russell is presented the Telegram Herder Memorial Championship trophy by Hockey Newfoundland Labrador representative Gary Gale and Trina Burden, publisher and general manager of The Western Star. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

The Clarenville Caribous won their third Herder Memorial Trophy championship in four years, defeating the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 6-3 Sunday afternoon at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook.

The Caribous took The Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship series in five games. Clarenville dropped the opening game of the final 5-1 last Saturday night at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, but roared back with four straight victories.

The Cataracts won the Herder last year, snapping the Caribous’ streak of two straight provincial senior hockey titles.

Steve Yetman paced Clarenville with two goals. Singles came from Dale Sullivan, Jeff Caron, Chris Hulit and Jeremy Kavanagh.

Chad Earle scored twice for the Cats, while veteran Chris Peach netted the other goal.

Clarenville captain Dustin Russell was the winner of the Cliff Gorman Memorial Award as the playoffs’ most valuable player.

“We definitely had our hearts set on winning the Herder this year,” Russell said. “The Cats took it from us last year so this is where we wanted to be.

“We didn’t really expect to win three games this weekend because I really thought the Cats were too strong for that happen. I fully expected to go back to St. John’s next weekend, but when we got them in a hole we knew they were too good to let them up. We had to keep going and we were fortunate to get the bounces and played hard.”

After splitting the opening two games in St. John’s, Clarenville won Game 3 Friday night 3-2 on Dale Sullivan’s overtime marker. The Caribous won Game 4-3 Saturday night.

Organizations: Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: Clarenville

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  • jim
    April 03, 2012 - 16:25

    time for the naysayers to do something about it rather than sit from the armchair and whine. there's more whine coming out of grand falls this year than the rodriguez crowd in whitbourne can bottle per year. grow up.

  • HNL not to blame
    April 02, 2012 - 15:35

    Stop blaming HNL.. Ask these questions of the team executive of the various teams. They ALL decided this in the Fall.

  • Terry
    April 02, 2012 - 08:31

    Who Cares!!!! Senior Hockey in NL is dying a slow death...

  • carogers
    April 02, 2012 - 06:20

    This is a comment area. Not a Q and A section. The HNL will not be responding here. Send your request and suggestions directly to Jack Lee or the HNL, both have email. Perhaps one of you strong oppinion fans should organize a committee and Do instead of Talk about this issue. Get a public opinion poll, gather facts on ticket sales etc. All problems have two sides either your part of the problem or part of the solution. Complaining from your arm chair is not a resolution to any problem. Nor will it provide your favorite hockey team with home ice with home town fans in the seats. Get organized and put in the effort nothing ventured nothing gained.

  • apower
    April 01, 2012 - 23:11

    cats lost, but the biggest losers were their fans and the town businesses! way to go hnl... (how did they ever get the authority to make that decision?) many hockey players in NL are regi$tered with this public organization and that affiliation should look out for the best interests of hockey for all of this province; by providing structure, insurance, leadership, administrative and governing duties. not by trying to selfishly cushion its bank account. poor decision hnl - hope you L"earned" the lesson! northern pen

  • Graham
    April 01, 2012 - 21:39

    So tell us HNL Mr Big Shot President how did you make all that money with the Pepsi Centre not even half full? What a joke this league has become under your so called leadership. Your a friggin JOKE.............Resign and let someone who knows what they are doing take over. CONGRATULATION CLARENVILLE...WELL DESERVED..YOU MAKE US ALL PROUD

  • The Truth
    April 01, 2012 - 19:46

    Not sure why everyone is looking to tear a strip off HNL for the location of Herder Games. I think it is time for the fans of GFW, Clarenville, etc to sit with the management of these teams and discuss the decision process with them. It is at that time everyone will finally realize that management of Senior teams collectively decided where these games should be played, not just HNL. They have turned Senior hockey in to somewhat of a semipro league where players need to be played and in some cases big bucks. Without the games being hosted in larger centers these teams would not afford to pay th eplayers and your teams would be finished. This year attendance was way down and they will not receive the expected winfall. If these smaller areans want to host the finals then let your management teams know and how you plan to cover their expenses. Paying $40 a ticket in GFW will be more appealing to me rather than having to spend weekend in one of these other places. The towns would alos benefit.. Time for the truth, if you want to hear it

  • Edmund
    April 01, 2012 - 19:13

    What happened to Jack Lee? Why was he not there in the picture to present the trophy? Why was one of the Herder family not there to present the trophy? Is Jack Lee going to do the number crunching and inform all of the island wide public, especially those folk in GFW and C'ville, how much money this series made and compare it to if the series was played in the home rinks of the Bous and Cats with 100% full house with a 10% increase in ticket prices which has always been the case for playoffs with the fans more than willing to pay to see their team play on home ice. Can't wait to hear the answer especially when Lee and his so called know it all executive find out that after everything is said and done they most likely lost money. I will suggest that if they had to play the games in their own rinks these two teams would still be playing a game 6 and possibly a game 7 and would have been very profitable for themselves and the league. Decisions like this one, that took away hockey playoffs from the fans, players and sponsors of the communities of the playoff teams, who played all season long to earn the right to have the playoffs in their own rinks and to have that 6th player, their fans, at home games should never be allowed to happen again and should be made part of the HNL constitution at the next annual meeting. Jack Lee there is no way out now, you have to come clean with the facts and if you don't or can't simply proves you are not capable nor worthy of the job. Please don't keep us waiting too long. For the record, I do not live in GFW or C'Ville, but know what is right.

  • Calvin Lethbridge
    April 01, 2012 - 18:17

    Congratulations Clarenville

  • BR
    April 01, 2012 - 17:10

    Now lets hear from HNL about all the money they made by playing in SJ and CB.