Defeat CeeBees 4-3 despite the absence of several key players
The Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades overcame the absence of a number of their top players, including No. 1 goalie Rian Mior, to register a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars Friday night at Mount Pearl in the opening-game of their best-of-five Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) Eastern divisional semifinal.
Steven Yetman, with his second of the game, and Mark Tobin scored goals three minutes apart in the third period as the Blades overcame a 3-2 deficit, while netminder Doug Jewer made 25 saves for Mount Pearl.
Game 2 of the series is 8 p.m. tonight at the Glacier.
Friday’s weather had prevented forwards Ryan Graham, Blake Gallagher and Spencer Jezegou from flying in from Nova Scotia for the game. Graham was the Blades’ leading goal-scorer with 14 in the regular season, while Gallagher (22 points in 19 games) and Jezegou (11 points in 10 games) are the team’s designated imports.
And Mior was unavailable as his wife was giving birth Friday.
Chris Mooney also scored for Mount Pearl, while Chris Sparkes, Matthew Quinn and Colin Feehan replied for the CeeBees, who held a one-goal lead until Yetman got the tying tally at 6:01 of the third and then set up Tobin for the winner at 9:00.
Tobin and Mooney each had two assists.
Roger Kennedy faced 28 shots in the CeeBees’ net.
The opening game of the best-of-five Western semifinal between the Western Royals and Gander Flyers goes 7:30 p.m. today in Deer Lake.
The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Clarenville Caribous, who finished 1-2 in the regular-season standings, have byes through the first round of the playoffs.