Tri-Pen fe­male ban­tams win sil­ver at provin­cials

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

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