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.