Sentinels, Astros eager to compete in high profile hockey tourney
Optimism is running high amongst the two local high school hockey teams as they enter the Confederation Cup this week in St. John’s, Feb. 7- 12.
Carbonear Collegiate Sentinels coach Eddie Russell said his team has been improving, and he is hoping for a solid performance. following a dismal showing at the Wesley Gosse Memorial Tournament late last year.
“We improved to a quarterfinal game in our tournament, and we are hoping for, at least, a semifinal showing this tournament,” he said.
A couple of key additions — Jesse Moores and Zack Quinlan — will be in the lineup for the Sentinels.
Russell expects both players to make contributions to the team, which begins action Feb. 9 with a game against the Dorset High Huskies from Pilley’s Island at the Goulds Arena.
“Zack will be one of our top defencemen and Jesse will be one of our top forwards, no doubt about that.”
This year marks a return to the tournament for Carbonear Collegiate, which will compete in Tier 2. Three years ago, the team played in Tier 1 and did well, said Russell.
Other teams in Carbonear’s division are: the Holy Trinity High Tigers from Torbay, the Inverness High Rebels from Inverness, NS and the Leo Burke Lightning from Bishop’s Falls.
Ascension kicks off its Confederation Cup schedule Thursday afternoon with a tilt against the Gander Collegiate Concordes at the Goulds Arena, and coach Jeremy Mercer feels good about his team.
Mercer feels that his squad has the ability to compete with any team on the island if players can stay out of the penalty box and “compete every shift.”
“If you don’t do those things then anyone can beat you,” he said.
“We have a few things that will need to be cleared up over the next week heading into the tournament, but overall if they boys can play like they can play, we will be fine,” he said.
Ascension will also meet the Corner Brook Titans Gold team, the Parkview Academy Panthers from Bridgewater, NS and the Pearson Academy Astros from Wesleyville.
Both teams will use the tournament as a tuneup for the upcoming regional playdowns, which will determine who will advance to the provincial playdowns later in the season.