King’s-Edgehill romps to Red Cup Classic crown
Host Redmen run out of steam in final
COXHEATH — The host Riverview Redmen came within one goal of King’s-Edgehill School with a pair of breakaway counters in the second stanza.
But that was as close as the host Redmen got as the Windsor, N.S., prep school squad poured it on for a 9-2 finish in the championship game of the 33rd annual Red Cup Showcase high school hockey tournament at the County Recreation Centre, Sunday afternoon.
“In the second period they got a couple of quick goals and really got the momentum going their way,” said King’s-Edgehill head coach Sandy Forsyth. “ That’s why we called a time out, to stop the momentum and get the boys focused again and get playing the way we wanted.”
The Windsor team was up 3-0 after one period of play on a pair of goals by Mathieu Pompei, one of which was on the power play, and a single marker by Baddeck native Americo Pino.
Riverview’s Jordan Wilson and Cory Youden brought the home side within one with a goal each early in the second period. But that was all she wrote for the Redmen.
Marshall Lane, on the power play, and Pino both scored late in the second frame to put King’sEdgehill up 5-2 heading into the third.
The mainland side went on to net four unanswered goals in the final period, off the sticks of David Hatcher, Sam Ross, Mark Creaser and Travis Mosher. The final three tallies were scored on the power play.
Bryn Bowen stopped 30 shots for the win in goal for King’sEdgehill. In nets for Riverview, Brandon Hanna made 25 saves in the first two periods, after which he was replaced by Chad MacDonald, who deflected 12 shots in the final frame.
“We played down here in the Memorial tournament and battled through a lot of adversity back in November,” Forsyth said of his team, which won the 2009 Mae Kibyuk Memorial Green and Gold Hockey Tournament championship at the North Sydney Community Forum, Nov. 8.
“There’s a lot of good teams down here. They play hard right to the final buzzer.”
Sunday’s win ties King’sEdgehill with the Sydney Academy Wildcats for the most Red Cup victories at seven apiece. The Wildcats won the first seven years. King’s-Edgehill, which didn’t play last year, was stripped of an eighth Red Cup title in 2002 because of an ineligible player.
“We were very happy to be in the tournament because we see it as one of the premier tournaments in Nova Scotia, if not the premier tournament in Nova Scotia,” said Forsyth. “The community support around here is unbelievable as always. It’s both a privilege and an honour to come.”
Riverview head coach James Leo Mullins said his young team ran out of gas after heading into the final with a 3-0 record.
“We played a good team there and just came up a little short at the end,” he said, adding he was pleased with his squad’s overall performance. “We played our best hockey of the year. We had a full, healthy lineup and the boys came together. It was a pretty positive experience for all the boys this weekend.”
In Sunday’s earlier consolation game, the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish cruised past the Crocus Plainsmen of Brandon, Man., 6-2.
In Red Cup play Saturday, Riverview nipped the Crocus Plainsmen 5-4, Dr. J.H. Gillis edged the Memorial Marauders 3-2, King’s-Edgehill beat Sydney Academy 5-1, the Glace Bay Panthers defeated the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars 4-1, King’s-Edgehill doubled Dr. J.H. Gillis 4-2, and the Crocus Plainsmen blanked CEC 6-0.
Austin Bates of the Riverview Redmen, left, is bumped off the puck by Andre Poticny of King’s-Edgehill just inside Riverview’s blue line. The teams faced off in the championship game of the 33rd annual Red Cup Showcase high school hockey tournament at the County Recreation Centre, Sunday afternoon, with King’s-Edgehill cruising to a 9-2 victory.