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Clarenville Caribous will hit the ice for 2016/17 season

The Clarenville Caribous will play after all this year.

Team says fan commitment and corporate support have made the season a go

The Clarenville Caribous are a senior ice hockey team that was formed in 2006 as part of the WCSHL. (Facebook)

The Clarenville Caribous will hit the ice after all.

The Central West Senior Hockey League team said earlier this week that low ticket sales may force them to scupper the season. But on Thursday evening, the team posted on Facebook that "outstanding corporate support and fan commitment" will allow them to lace up the skates this year.

The team says it fell "well short" of season-ticket sales targets, but that the corporate community will help bridge some of the gap.

"We are still approximately 75 passes short to make the revenue gap as narrow as possible, and we are confident, based on the support received throughout today, we will be good to go," said the Facebook post.

The team says it plans to ask people and businesses to renew their sponsorships and passes and to buy advance tickets

"This time last night, we felt the end was near," said the post. "But 24 hours turned things around. As an organization, we want to sincerely thank the corporate community, as well as all individuals who support us in any way that they have."

The team's home opener is Nov. 5.