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