Gallagher, Perricone will make Newfoundland Senior Hockey League debuts this weekend
Just one week into the season, two Newfoundland Senior Hockey League teams were busy altering their rosters with the addition of new import players.
In Mount Pearl, the H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades dropped defenceman Clay Thoring after just two games, replacing him with former Clarenville Caribous forward Blake Gallagher.
The C.B.N. CeeBee Stars used up their remaining import card to sign goaltender Joey Perricone this week. The former St. Francis Xavier goalie is expected to be in the team’s lineup this weekend when they face they host the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Saturday and Sunday at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace. — Photo by Erica Roberts/St. Francis Xavier University
Clarenville released the Cole Harbour, N.S. centreman and winger when they acquired import defenceman Martin Lapointe from the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts. In 13 games with the ‘Bous and Cats last season, the Cornell University grad registered nine goals and 11 assists.
Gallagher is expected to be in the Blades’ lineup this weekend as they head to Gander to take on the Flyers for a two-game set. The teams meet Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Gander Community Centre.
Meanwhile, the Blades’ East division counterpart Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars used their free import card to sign goaltender Joey Perricone.
A native of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., the 26-year-old puckstop was a starting netminder for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League and wrapped up five years of Atlantic University Sport conference hockey with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men this past spring.
Perricone will make his debut Saturday night, 7:30, when the CeeBees welcome the Cataracts to the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace for the first of two games this weekend. Sunday’s game goes at 2 p.m.
In other NLSHL games this weekend, the Clarenville Caribous are in Deer Lake to take on the Western Royals tonight and Saturday evening. Game times are 8:30 and 7:30.
The Northeast Eagles will look to make it three straight wins when they host the Southern Shore Puglisevich Breakers to the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay tonight in Green Sleeves Avalon East Senior Hockey League action.
Game time is 8 p.m.
Saturday, the Bell Island Family Drug Mart Blues welcome the defending champion St. John’s Toyota Plaza Caps to Monsigneur Bartlett Memorial Arena in Wabana for a 7:15 p.m. meeting.
There are two games on tap for, starting with the Blues visiting the Breakers at Southern Shore Arena at 7 p.m. At Rogers Bussey Arena, the Caps play host to the Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
Another busy weekend ahead in the Penny Kia St. John’s Junior Hockey League with six games on tap starting tonight with a pair of games outside the city limits.
The Mount Pearl Marks Dakota Wild are in Bay Roberts to meet the C.B.N. North Moorfrost Stars 7:15 at the Bay Arena, and the third-place C.B.R. Assante Wealth Management Renegades make the trip to Mobile to play the Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers at 7:40.
On Saturday night at Twin Rinks, it’s a battle of the circuit’s top two teams as the 10-1 St. John’s Hickman Automotive Group Caps welcome the undefeated Avalon Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals (9-0) at 8 o’clock.
In Kelligrews, two Conception Bay-based teams, the Stars and Renegades, will square off 8:10 p.m. at the Robert French Arena.
The weekend clues up with the Trinity-Placentia I.J. Smith Flyers hosting the Breakers 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Whitbourne Arena and the bottom-dwelling BK Services Celtics taking on the Wild 7:15 p.m. at the Glacier.
The Central IcePak can widen their lead atop the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget League standings when they meet the Tri-Pen Osprey at the Bay Arena for a two-game series this weekend.
The teams play their first game Saturday night at 8:30 and with the rematch set for Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile in St. John’s, the Privateers and Maple Leafs will tangle twice at Rogers Bussey Arena. Game times are 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday morning.