Tri-pen pee­wees set­tle for sil­ver

Labrador ad­ven­ture a pos­i­tive one over­all, says proud coach

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

Coming to­gether

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.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Submitted photo

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.

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