Con­fed­er­a­tion com­ing

Sen­tinels, Astros ea­ger to com­pete in high pro­file hockey tourney

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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 hope­fuls

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.

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