Dy­nasty dy­nam­ics for Tri-Pen fe­males

Ices cap­tures sec­ond con­sec­u­tive pro­vin­cial ti­tle; ban­tams nab sil­ver

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYNICHOLAS MERCER

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.

Photo by Matt Molloy/Transcon­ti­nen­tal Me­dia

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.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

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.

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