CATS END 2017 CWSHL SEASON WITH HARD-FOUGHT LOSS TO BOUS
The GFW Cataracts battled to the very end, but young Caribou player Mason Reid, with a deflected shot, beat Cats goalie Bryan Gillis for the Game seven 4-3 overtime winning goal as the first overtime period wound down to its last minutes.
The Cataracts lost this year's chance to defend for a fourth consecutive League and Herder Trophy, but everyone on the team and in e organization can still be proud and pleased with the effort and overall success of this year's edition of the Cataracts hockey club!
The final game of the CWSHL season on Friday night,March 24th,at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium was an exciting and fast-paced "battle" to the end.
The Cataracts organization wants particularly to express their thanks to our loyal fans and sponsors; and also to acknowlegdge their appreciation that all the team's efforts received such regular and continuing fan turnout and support - not only for Home games during the regular season, but significantly the additional fan support at all Home games during the Finals... (As well,there was a noticeable contingent of Cats fans who travelled to Clarenville for all of the hard-fought "Away" games during the Finals).
Of course, as last year's Herder Champion, the Cataracts are this province's designated representative in the National Allan Cup Championship set for the first week of April in New Brunswick. Thus,the Cataracts still have some significant hockey left to play before the team "hangs up the skates" for the year. The Cataracts will soon be officially announcing their expanded national tournament Allan Cup roster,which will have six players added to the regular season's team. Players like Stewart Macrae, Ryan Derosiers, and possibly defenseman Brandon Roach of the Caribous are names that have been 'out there'. Other players names from both the Flyers and Bous have been raised,as well as names of other high level mainland former professional players have been suggested in rumors that have circulated in the fan discussion as to how the Cats can best build a team to get to the Final of this year's Allan Cup! Expectations are high that the Cataracts will have a team that can win it all at the National Tournament.
On the CWSHLeague front,the team is optimistic that this season's three team League set-up, which many feel has been a handicap, will be addressed at the Annual League Meeting, after the hockey season is fully finished. The lack of continuous, timely Home games because of the "odd" Schedule in a three team set up was a unwanted consequence of such a set up. Fan interest was strained in all three team venues because there were only three teams.
The unfortunate cancellation of six of the Season's final games because of the Gander Flyers' financial problems also negatively impacted the League's operation for the 2016-2017 Season.
The issue of the number of teams needed for the League to be more viable, and addressing financial stability of all and any teams entered in the League will be big items of discussion and review among team representatives over the next couple of months before the Annual General Meeting, tentatively planned for late May,2017.