Dynasty dynamics for Tri-Pen females
Ices captures second consecutive provincial title; bantams nab silver
The Tri-pen female team went into last weekend’s Newfoundland and Labrador female midget qualifier with one goal in mind — to repeat.
The team, which consisted of 17 athletes from Bonavista, Marystown, Whitbourne, Clarenville, Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts, went undefeated in the tournament held at the Goulds Arena in the Goulds, Feb. 3-5.
The Tri-pen Ice squad posted a perfect 4-0, including the championship game.
The team was never really challenged, outscoring their opponents 2304 en route to their second consecutive title.
Head coach Eric Clarke said his players relied on their experience to get them back into the title picture.
“Last year, the girls were a bit younger and this year they were older,” he said. “So, their age and their experience playing the last couple of years certainly paid off.”
Tri- Pen’s challenge came in the form of the team from Central Newfoundland.
Meeting it head on, the team blanked their challengers 5-0.
Noelle Russell of Blaketown led the Tri-pen attack, notching a two-goal performance. Joining her on the scoresheet was Natalie Keeping, Chelsee Bradbury and Nicole Warren.
Next came a re-match of the 2011 final with the Eastern Newfoundland entry.
Tri-pen was up to the challenge, besting their closest competition in the tournament by a score of 3-2.
Jenelle Blundell picked up the game-clinching goal, while Jenny Connolly and Jennifer Guy picked up the other goals.
The team trounced the team from Northern in their next game by a score of 9-1, earning a bye into the final.
Keeping and Alicia Gillam each picked up four goals, while Blundell accounted for the other Tri-pen marker.
The team from Eastern again was the opponent in the championship game, but it was a far easier game, with Tri-pen thumping their opponents 61.
Keeping kept her hot streak going, picking up another two goals in the title game. It was her fifth and sixth goals of the tournament in four games.
Connolly, Russell, Guy and Blundell picked up singles to help lead the team to victory.
With the win, the team will next travel to Bathurst, New Brunswick for the Midget Female Atlantic Championship March 29 – April 1.
Assistant coach Craig Cole said the teams expects big things at Atlantics.
“This team is basically the same group of players that won the Atlantic bantam title a couple of years ago. We’ve got our sights on not only going to be competitive, but we’re going with the intent to win,” he said. “We have our sights set on going to the national championships.”
The group will be looking for a more successful run this spring, than the one it experienced last Spring, when it went 0-4 in the tournament, surrendering 23 goals to 10 scored. Springdale silver It also capped a successful weekend for female teams from the Trinity-conception area, as the bantam AAA female team travelled to Springdale for its qualifying tournament, Feb 3-5, and came home with a silver medal.
Bantam coach Bud Chafe had trouble finding the correct phrase when describing how he felt seeing his team make it to the championship game in Springdale.
“Words cannot express how I proud I am about how the girls did,” he said.
Going into the tournament, Chafe said his team was “rated as the underdog.”
The tournament did not start the best for the Tri-pen squad as they finished Day 1 with a record of no wins, one loss and one tie, after they skated to a 1- 1 draw with Western and dropped a tough 4-1 decision to Central.
Day 2 and 3 brought better results with a 5-2 victory over Northern and a 4-1 victory over Western.
Chafe said the team battled hard in the championship, only to come up short to the host Central team, 2-1.
PUSHING THROUGH — Ryan Petten, captain of the Bay Arena Rovers, tries to shake Gander Flyers’ captain Adam Dawe during the championship game of the Mary Brown’s annual peewee invitational in Gander earlier this month. The Flyers edged the Rovers 32 to capture gold.
The Tri-pen Ice female midget team captured its second consecutive provincial championship during a tournament held at the Goulds Arena, Feb. 3-5 with a victory over the Eastern team, 6-1. Members of the team are: front (l-r) — Heidi Ronayne and Claire Newhook; middle — Sara Elliott, Nicole Warren, Alicia Gillam, Chelsee Bradbury, Jillian Rogers, Noelle Russell and Regan Morris; back — coach Eric Clarke, trainer April Drake, Jordyn Cole, manager Trudy Russell, Nicole Bannister, Dana Thorne, Caeleigh Fewer, Jenny Connolly, Jenelle Blundell, Natalie Keeping, Jennifer Guy and assistant coach Craig Cole.
The Tri-pen Ice female bantam team showed heart and resilience just to make it to the championship game of the bantam provincial playdowns in Springdale, Feb. 3-5. The team dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to the host Central team. Members of the team are: front (l-r) — goaltender Courntey Caravan; middle — Stacy Miller, Cailey Drover, Shelby Batten, Shelly Hann, Karissa Bradbury, Emily Way and Bethany Oldford; back — assistant coach Jennifer Pollett, manager Craig Russell, Rebecca Warren, Kelsey Keough, Tara Hefford, Emma Russell, Kaila Ledrew, Niomi Rodgers, Brooke Williamson, Taylor Quinlan, head coach Bud Chafe and trainer Ivan Batten.