Rover­ines set­tle for bronze

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The Bay Arena Rover­ines posted a 2-2 win-loss record at the re­cent pro­vin­cial A un­der-15 fe­male hockey cham­pi­onships in Bay Roberts and was forced to set­tle for a third place fin­ish.

“ They worked re­ally hard. They played re­ally well,” head coach Gary Pike said.

The team is com­prised of 13 play­ers from mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions in Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace. The team cap­tured sil­ver at two pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments this sea­son, and also fin­ished sec­ond at the provin­cials in 2010 and 2009.

Spring­dale de­feated the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Rene­gades (Kel­li­grews) 5-4 in overtime to claim the cham­pi­onship banner.

The Rover­ines fin­ished third af­ter round-robin play in the five-team event, and was awarded the bronze medal.

The team posted wins over Mount Pearl (3-1) and St. John’s (8-0), and suf­fered losses to the Rene­gades ( 4-2) and Spring­dale (2-0).

Pike sin­gled out Natalie Keep­ing, who scored eight of her team’s 15 goals. Courtney Pet­ten also had three goals, while Brooke Wil­liamson played a solid de­fen­sive game against the op­po­si­tions’ top lines. Goal­tener Courtney Car­a­van was also “in­cred­i­ble,” said Pike.

The tour­na­ment was spon­sored by the Bay Arena Mi­nor Hockey Moms.

NHLer and Har­bour Grace na­tive Danny Cleary poses next to the com­mem­o­ra­tive print un­veiled last sum­mer. The print is be­ing dis­trib­uted to all schools in the prov­ince.

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