King’s-Edge­hill romps to Red Cup Clas­sic crown

Host Red­men run out of steam in fi­nal

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREGMACVICAR gmacvicar@cb­

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.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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