Hawks fly high at Iceberg Cup
Upper Island Cove team goes undefeated, captures Penton Memorial Trophy
After a four hour bus excursion and a short ferry ride from Farewell to Fogo Island, the Upper Island Cove Hawks hit the ice on Feb. 3 against the host Fogo Islanders in the first game of the annual Iceberg Cup Recreation Hockey Tournament.
Spurred on by their cheering fans, the Islanders jumped out to an early one goal lead, but the Hawks had taken the lead 2-1 after the first period. After trading goals early in the second period, the Hawks added a couple of insurance markers and held on for a 5-3 victory in the fast paced opener.
The tournament was a homecoming of sorts for a couple of Hawks, which had prompted the February visit to the island retreat.
John Drover, current principal at St. Peter’s School in Upper Island Cove, was a former teacher at Fogo Island Academy, and Randy Reardon has paternal family roots on Fogo Island, tracing back a couple of generations.
The Hawks had another slow start in Game 2 on Feb. 4, giving up a first goal to a quick team from Gander. But the team from Central couldn’t keep up the pace over the entire game as the Hawks responded with six goals in a 6-2 win.
The final round-robin game on Feb. 4 saw the Hawks cruise to an 8- 1 win over another team from Gander.
After going 3-0 in the round robin, the Hawks were tied for first place in the six-team tournament, but ended up as the second seed based on goal differential.
In the semi-finals, the Hawks came out flying and jumped out to a five-goal lead in the first period against a St. John’s team. The team from the capital city couldn’t manage much offence against the Hawks’ strong skating defence, falling 8-0 at the final buzzer.
In the championship game, the Hawks ran into the undefeated team from Grand Falls Windsor. The Hawks again surrendered the first goal before turning up the heat with five straight goals.
In the end, the short bench from Grand FallsWindsor couldn’t keep pace with the Hawks’ three full lines of short shifting players. The Hawks clinched the title with a convincing 7- 2 win, capturing the coveted Iceberg Cup, named in memory of Thomas and Emma Penton.
With a 1.60 goals against average, five wins and a shutout, goaltender Lee Noseworthy was selected team MVP.
The Upper Island Cove Hawks travelled to Fogo Island for the annual Iceberg Cup Recreational Hockey Tournament, Feb. 3-5, and returned with the Penton Memorial Trophy. The team went a perfect 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 34-8. Members of the team are: Front (l-r) – Ian Moores and Charlie Deering; middle — Glen Drover, Scott Adams, Shawn Drover, John Drover and Lee Noseworthy; back — coach Warren Tilley, Todd Mercer, Chris Petten, Jim Hunt, Mark Reynolds, Neil Shute, David Coombs, Randy Reardon, Michael Adams and Andrew Babb.