Caribous get the edge, beat CeeBees 5-4 in Game 3

Kenn Oliver
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Mooney's late goal proves to be the difference

As the seconds ticked away in the third period of Game 3 of the Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series at Mile One Centre, a handful of Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars could only watch from the penalty box as the Clarenville Caribous won 5-4.

After the Caribous got the game-winner from Chris Mooney with under three-and-a half-minutes to play, the CeeBees found themselves in penalty trouble with referee Ian Hollett and spent the last three minutes playing shorthanded.

Steven Greeley (left) of the Conception Bay North CeeBees and Chris Mooney (19) of the Clarenville Caribous try to get their sticks on the puck as Clarenville goalie Freddie Diamond (on ice) reaches for it, too, during Game 3 of the Herder provincial seni

As the seconds ticked away in the third period of Game 3 of the Telegram Herder Memorial Trophy Championship Series at Mile One Centre, a handful of Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars could only watch from the penalty box as the Clarenville Caribous won 5-4.

After the Caribous got the game-winner from Chris Mooney with under three-and-a half-minutes to play, the CeeBees found themselves in penalty trouble with referee Ian Hollett and spent the last three minutes playing shorthanded.

It started with a Brent Lynch's minor for slashing, followed by a checking to the head call against Mark Tobin that came with a 10-minute misconduct, also putting David Duffett in the box to serve the minor part of Tobin's penance. Shane Gamberg then drew the ire of Hollett and was slapped with a 10-minute misconduct of his own. Then, with under 30 seconds to play, Ryan Pittman took a roughing penalty to make it five CeeBees in the box.

The win for the Caribous gives them a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 tonight, 7:30, at Mile One .

Netting goals for the Caribous Friday were Travis Chapman, Darren Colbourne, Ryan Penney, Derrick Kent and Mooney. Replying for C.B.N. were Matthew Thomey, with two, Tobin and Paul Brown, the latter on a second-period penalty shot.

After a lengthy pre-game ceremony during which Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador presented its annual awards, the teams got off to a quick start, trading goals within the first three minutes.

It was the Caribous' Chapman striking first, sending a wrister past a sprawling Freddie Diamond. The CeeBees evened up 33 seconds later on a goal by Thomey. The Caribous restored a two-goal lead near the end of the frame on a weak shot from former Corner Brook Royal Darren Colbourne, picked up by Clarenville for the series. But the lead didn't last long as Tobin brought C.B.N. even with a goal at 18:34 sending the teams to the locker room tied at two apiece.

Early in the second, with C.B.N.. shorthanded, Brown was hooked on a breakaway, setting up the most exciting play in hockey.

He didn't disappoint the CeeBees fans among the sold-out crowd at Mile One, sniping one past Jason Churchill's blocker side to give the CeeBees a 3-2 lead.

The Caribous drew even after a Tobin shot was blocked at the point , resulting in a three-on-one which ended with Ryan Penney beating Diamond.

After the CeeBees weren't able to convert on a nearly two minute five-on-three man advantage, Kent beat Diamond with 10 seconds to play in the middle frame

The 'Bous gave up the lead with six minutes to play on a goal from Thomey, but regained it not long after that when a shot by Andrew Pearcey went wide, bouncing off the end boards directly onto the stick of Mooney in front for the game-winning goal.

Provincial Senior Awards

HNL handed out in 2009-10 senior provincial awards prior to Friday's game. Here are the winners:

S.E. Tuma Memorial Award (leading point scorer)

Matthew Thomey and Chris Sparkes, Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

T.S. (Gus) Soper Memorial Award

(senior hockey most valuable player)

Matthew Thomey, Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

Evening Telegram Trophy

(team with best winning average)

Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

Goaltenders Award goalie with the best goals-against average)

Jason Churchill, Clarenville Caribous

Albert "PeeWee" Crane Memorial Trophy

(rookie of the year)

Cory Blackmore, Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades

Howie Clouter Memorial Trophy

(most gentlemanly and sportsmanlike player)

Andre Gill, Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

Organizations: Trophy Championship Series, Corner Brook Royal Darren Colbourne

Geographic location: Conception Bay, Mount Pearl

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