Rover­ines awash in sil­ver

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Rover­ines un­der-15 fe­male hockey team claimed sil­ver at an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment in Bay Roberts Feb. 26-27, los­ing 1-0 to a team from Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional (CBR) in the cham­pi­onship game at the Bay Arena.

It’s the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sec­ond place fin­ish for the Rover­ines, which was run­ner-up at a tour­na­ment in St. John’s last fall.

But coach Gary Pike wasn’t at all dis­ap­pointed.

“All I asked for was 100 per cent ef­fort. Each one of them went over that and worked re­ally hard,” Pike said.

The team is com­prised of 13 play­ers from mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions in Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace.

Tay­lor Quin­lan car­ried the of­fen­sive load for the Rover­ines. She scored five times, and man­aged to ding the puck off the post an equal num­ber of times, said Pike.

Goal­tender Courtney Car­a­van played all five games, al­lowed just eight goals and posted a shutout. Pike de­scribed her p lay a s “su­perb.”

The Rover­ines de­feated CBR 42 in round-robin play. Pike said his team had some good chances in the fi­nal, but couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize.

The five-team tour­na­ment also fea­tured en­tries from Clarenville, Whit­bourne and Marystown.

The Rover­ines will host the pro­vin­cial un­der-15 cham­pi­onships at the Bay Arena from March 25-27.

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