Tri-Pen female bantams win silver at provincials
The Tri-Pen Ice took its opponent to the brink of defeat at the 2011 Bantam female provincials on Jan. 16, but came up just short against the Eastern Ice Breakers from St. John’s in a 5-4 overtime loss.
The Whitbourne-based club settled for a silver medal at the four-team tournament, also played in Whitbourne, and Clarenville-based coach Tom Walsh says the result could have gone either way.
“ That’s the spirit of sport and hockey,” says Walsh, who is in his first year with the bantam team after having previously looked after the female midget program. “Sometimes you’re fortunate enough to come out on top, and everyone’s on a high, and sometimes you have to lose gracefully. I must say, the kids and parents all took it in stride and moved on.”
The winning team from eastern Newfoundland, comprised of players from St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Goulds, and Southern Shore, advances to the Atlantic Invitational in Pictou, N.S.
Walsh says the Ice played well all year, and won all three of its round-robin games at provincials. Those wins included a close 3-2 win over the eventual champions.
“ We were hanging on in the first roundrobin game, and in the second game it was a battle to see who would score in overtime.”
Walsh appreciates the maturity of his team’s players, who are Grade 8 and 9 students.
“ They’re not only a skilled bunch,” says Walsh. “ They can all play hockey, and they are going to get better and better and develop over the years. But they’re also a very coachable group.”
Additionally, he says players on the team do well to combine on-ice activities with school commitments and contributing to their communities.
Walsh says the parents of the players were essential to the team’s success, especially considering the regional structure of the Tri-Pen Ice. This meant having to attend practices in Whitbourne, Clarenville, and Bonavista.
The team will look much different next season, with only six skaters and one goalie eligible to play with the Ice for 2011-12. The rest of the players from the roster of 18 will move on to the midget level.
• Forwards — Brooke Williamson, Bay Roberts; Kalia LeDrew, Bay Roberts; Shelley Hann, Clarenville; Amy Feltham, Clarenville; Natalie Keeping, Bay Roberts; Caileigh Fewer, Burin; Kaitlyn Penney, Musgravetown; Emily Bailey, Trinity; Karissa Bradbury, Whitbourne; Susan Elliott, Newmans Cove; Emily Way, Marystown.
• Defence — Kirsten Chatman, Port Blandford; Jordyn Cole, Clarenville; Amy Bragg, Bonavista; Ashley Green, Goobies; Jennifer Guy, Catalina; Janelle Blundell, Clarenville.
• Goaltending — Courtney Caravan, Bay Roberts
The Tri-Pen lost 5-4 in overtime to the Eastern Ice Breakers at the 2011 Bantam Female provincials. Members of the team include: Front - Courtney Caravan; second row (l-r) - Kirsten Chatman, Jenelle Blundell, Brooke Williamson, Kaitlyn Penney, Emily Way, Amy Bragg, Shelley Hann and Jennifer Guy; third row - Craig Cole, Stan Keeping, Kaila LeDrew, Natalie Keeping, Ashley Green, Karissa Bradbury, Emily Bailey, Susan Elliott, Jordyn Cole, Kaileigh Fewer, Amy Feltham, Sherry Blundell, and Tom Walsh.