Tri-pen peewees settle for silver
Labrador adventure a positive one overall, says proud coach
Entering the final game of the round-robin, the Tri-Pen AAA peewee team needed to beat the team from Western.
Not just beat, according to head coach Scott Akerman, but shut them out.
Adding to the challenge, the team, comprised of players from the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista peninsulas, had to win by at least 10 goals.
“We knew it was going to be tough to do,” said Akerman. “At the same time, we knew it was possible.”
The team banded together and did what it needed to do.
Outscoring Western 10-0, Tri-Pen had punched its ticket to the championship of the Bell Aliant Provincial Cup held in Goose Bay on Feb. 15-17.
“We started with a very steep hill to climb and we slowly brought that down,” said Akerman.
Entering the third period, the players started referring to that hill as a speed bump.
“The players were confident that they could do it,” said Akerman.
The task of outscoring your opponent by a large margin, coupled with having to post a shutout, means the team has to work a little bit extra in order to get the job done.
Not only was it a task for the skaters, but also for the two goaltenders — Tristan Gray and Riley Pet- ten.
“It was the most hard working periods that I had seen our team play,” said Akerman. “They just wanted it. They had a desire there and they wanted to get themselves through that and into the last game with that little glimmer of hope.” Silver lining In the championship round, the Tri-Pen squad met up with the Tri- Com team for the second time.
The two had met in the first game of the tournament for both teams.
In that game, Tri-Pen doubled TriCom with a score of 4-2.
However, the championship was a different animal altogether.
“We had beat them in a game earlier in the year, and we had tied them,” said Akerman. “We knew it was going to be tough. Emotions would play part of the game of course, after coming off a big adrenaline rush after the big 100 win.”
Akerman felt his team just ran out of gas in the championship game.
“We just didn’t have it to finish it,” he said.
Tri-Com — a team comprised of the best peewee-aged players from Conception Bay Regional, Mount Pearl, Southern Shore and Bell Island — managed to pull off a 5-1 victory for the championship and the right to represent Newfoundland at the Atlantic championships being held in Corner Brook on March 21-24.
Even though his team did not capture the gold medal, Akerman was no less impressed with his team.
“We couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids,” he said.
After the opening win, Tri-Pen continued to roll, picking up a 10-0 win over the Northern representatives on Feb. 15.
The next morning, Tri-Pen again posted a shutout, this time a 5-0 victory over Central.
The team would not suffer its first defeat until later on Feb. 16. St. John’s handed Tri-Pen a narrow 3-2 loss.
The Tri-Pen team features players from Bonavista, Arnold’s Cove, Clarenville, Port de Grave, Coley’s Point, Marystown, Placentia, Bay Roberts and Upper Island Cove.
Akerman felt like the team had been gelling since the start of the season, and was beginning to hit its stride
“From our better players, to the middle of the lineup, everyone got better as time went on,” he said. “It was an excellent year, an excellent group of kids and an excellent coaching staff.
“It was a positive year all around.”
The CBNSC Icicles finished seventh in the pre-novice division at the 2013 Skate NL Synchronized Skating Championships held at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay on Feb. 15-16. Members of the team are: front (l-r) — Bailey Fowler, Sydney Nascimento, Laura Keefe and Toni-Lynn Parsons; middle — Katie Dawson, Jamie Dawe, Katheryn Petten, Jennifer Ryan and Brieanne Dale; back — Ashley Porter, Lauren Sullivan, Sarah Dawe and coach Melissa Russell.