Cataracts in command

Kenn Oliver
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Grand Falls-Windsor take 2-0 series lead with weeknd sweep of Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

Conception Bay CeeBees player Ryan Delaney celebrates a goal against Grand Falls Cataracts goaltender Mark Yetman Sunday afternoon in a losing cause as the CeeBees lost 5-4. At right is Cataracts player Martin Lapointe.

This year’s Telegram Herder Memorial Championship Series is now heading to central Newfoundland.

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts defeated the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars in the first two games of the best-of-seven provincial senior hockey final this weekend at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

The series moves back to Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls-Windsor next weekend for Games 3, 4, and, if necessary, Game 5.

“Both teams battled hard,” Cats’ coach Brian Casey said following Sunday’s Game 2 5-4 win. “But we were fortunate to find a way to win in the end.”

Chad Earle led the Cats with a pair of goals, including the tying goal early in the third frame

after the CeeBees took a brief 4-3 lead.

Single tallies came from Andre Gill, David Philpott and Mike Sibley, whose third-period goal stood up as the winner.

Ray Dalton, Ryan Delaney, Chris Bartlett and Scott Brophy scored for the CeeBees, the seven-time Subway Avalon East Senior Hockey champions. Mark Yetman stopped 26 of 30 shots in the win, while Freddy Diamond turned aside 29 shots.

The Cataracts, Bud Light West Coast Senior Hockey League champions, took the series opener 3-2 Friday night with Gill netting the winner in double overtime.

CeeBees veteran forward Chris Bartlett, a three-time Herder winner with the club, says Sunday’s effort, “was a little bit better,” but not good enough.

“Our expectations are higher than how we performed this weekend,” Bartlett said.

“They’ve got a good, quick, young team so we’ve really got to be on our A-game.”

Mile One Centre was full to the brim for both games, and with capacity crowds come hefty 50/50 prizes; both Saturday and Sunday’s payouts were more than $12,000.


NOTE: This version of the story contains a corrected lead paragraph.

Geographic location: Grand Falls

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Recent comments

  • jeffer
    April 01, 2011 - 03:34

    cataract - an eye disease that involves the clouding or opacification of the natural lens of the eye btw, i don't follow shinny hockey so save the poor loser jokes for someone who follows that crap.

  • Chris Goodridge
    March 31, 2011 - 09:54

    Nevertheless, Grand-Falls is a junk town.

    • n from st johns
      March 31, 2011 - 18:37


  • Don
    March 29, 2011 - 09:34

    Hey Jeffer.....a Cataract is a type of large water falls, something about the town! Glad to be able to help an unintelligent sore loser like yourself. Go Cats Go!

    • trevor
      March 30, 2011 - 08:57

      Jeffer: a cataract is a violent rush of water at a large turn in a river. Hence the town of Grand Falls was built on a cataract of the exploits river.

  • jeffer
    March 29, 2011 - 05:24

    i really thought that the gout or acid reflux would be leading this year.....what's that? oh, it's a HOCKEY team. oops, my apologies. just give them the cup for having the most idiotic sports name in history.

  • jibs
    March 28, 2011 - 12:29

    they need to win 2 more..... best 4 of 7.

  • Charlie
    March 28, 2011 - 12:16

    The Cee Bees (Flatrock Flyers) i am joyful to say played their last game on the Avalon Peninsula this year. Thanks for coming out boys you were lucky to beat Mount Pearl. After watching that team the weekend it was clear to everyone in attendance they are only out for a general skate, especially number 20. What a waste of talent. Reverse skating please.......

  • Darrell
    March 28, 2011 - 10:58

    Better yet who cares.

  • can u read
    March 28, 2011 - 10:20

    geeeez christer; second paragraph of story says best of seven series; u know what that means right? four out of seven; first to win four games; so GF wins the next two games; GAMES 3 and 4 of seven game series they win best of seven series; 4 games to none; GREAT TO SEE BIG CROWDS AT HERDER AGAIN THIS YEAR; $12 THOUSAND BUCKS FOR THE 50/50 DRAW; AWESOME; I WON THAT I WOULDN'T GIVE TWO HOOTS ABOUT THE HOCKEY GAME THAT NIGHT; BUT STILL GO CATS GO......NICE TO SEE G.F. HAVE TURN WIN THE HISTORIC OLD HERDER.....

  • Clyde Power
    Clyde Power
    March 28, 2011 - 09:13

    I understand the confusion caused by the lead paragraph, but believe what Mr. Oliver was alluding to was the fact that both clubs will be seeking victories in two of the potential three games to be played in Grand Falls-Windsor next weekend. On the one hand, the Cataracts will end the final and capture another Herder championship with a pair of wins. On the other hand, Conception Bay North must prevail twice on what will probably be a hostile ice surface in order to prolong the series and send it back to the friendlier confines of Mile One Centre for a sixth, and potentially a seventh game if necessary. It will take a Herculean effort on the part of the veteran CeeBees for that eventuality to transpire against their more youthful opponents. If the closeness and competitiveness of the first two games are any indication, however, then Central fans have a wonderful weekend of an exciting brand of hockey in store that may culminate in a Trophy presentation before most likely a hugely-partisan crowd.

  • Derrick
    March 28, 2011 - 08:12

    After seeing both games this weekend, its clear that the Cee Bees are being outcoached and outskilled. They bumped a few Cataracts around but the Cats just stuck to their game plan of skill, speed, puck control and passing. I thought Crosbie did ok too, not sucker punching anyone this time.

  • JG
    March 28, 2011 - 07:37

    how is best of three when GFW only needs to win one more game?

  • Jeff
    March 28, 2011 - 07:29

    How can it be a best of 3 with Cats up 2-0?? If CeeBees win the next 2 you can start your article with that line....