Friend­ship forged on and off-ice cel­e­brated with gold-medal win

The Compass - - SPORTS - SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

Ever since they laced up their skates to play hockey, Re­gan Mor­ris and Jil­lian Shute have be­come the best of friends on and off the ice.

Noth­ing was sweeter for them than to travel to Prince Ed­ward Is­land to­gether and to come home with the gold medal.

Mor­ris and Shute are mem­bers of the Cee Bees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion and the Tripen Ice ban­tam fe­male team that cap­tured the top prize in the first-ever Paderno Fe­male Ban­tam At­lantic Tour­na­ment held re­cently in Pow­nal, P.E.I.

The Tripen Ice started their jour­ney aboard a bus along with many par­ents only to be stranded in Port aux Basques for an ex­tra day en route to the tour­na­ment. Play­ing on only four hours’ sleep, the Ice tied the Bed­ford Blues 2-2 and de­feated West­ern Wind of P.E.I. 4-1 on the first day. On Day 2 they went on to de­feat the Colch­ester Cy­clones of Nova Sco­tia 4-1 and the pro­vin­cial P.E.I. champs and host team Pow­nal Red Devils by a score of 7-1.

This record earned the team a spot in the gold-medal game against the Bed­ford Blues. The Ice were down 3-0 af­ter the first pe­riod, but kept fight­ing un­til they were within one goal, go­ing on to tie the game in the sec­ond pe­ri­ods. The Blues could not fend off the strong New­found­land team as the Ice scored two more to win 6-5 to claim the top prize.

Nicole Blanche picked up top scorer for the tour­na­ment, while team­mate Jenny Con­nolly picked up the Hard­est Work­ing Player Award (Grit Award) and top goalie hon­ors went to Ice net­min­der Bil­lie Sta­ple­ton.

The Tripen Ice won gold at the first ever Paderno Fe­male Ban­tam At­lantic Tour­na­ment in Pow­nal, P.E.I., re­cently.

Re­gan Mor­ris, left, and Jil­lian Shute of the Tripen Ice cel­e­brated a long­time on-ice and off-ice friend­ship with the gold medal at the first Paderno Fe­male Ban­tam At­lantic Tour­na­ment in Pow­nal, P.E.I.

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