Golden glow for Ceebees minor
Association picks up three tournament championships in one weekend
It was a golden weekend for players on three teams in the CeeBees Minor Hockey Association on Feb. 22-24.
While the CeeBee Stars of the province-wide senior league were busy taking a three-games-to-one advantage over the Grand Fal ls- Windsor Cataracts at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace, some 45 minor hockey players were getting gold medals hung on their necks at various stadiums around the province.
At the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, the CeeBees bantam A team doubled the Northeast Eagles by a score of 4-2 to take the tournament title.
The win marked the 11th straight win for the team and in the last three tournaments as of March 1, the team has two golds and a silver medal.
En route to the title, the CeeBees went undefeated, besting teams from Northeast (8-1), Bay Arena (5-2) and Trinity-Placentia (10-2).
Coach Brian Donovan said the tournament win was a team victory. “The team stepped up,” he said. Donovan said the team was dealing with a short bench for the tournament.
Neither he nor fellow coaches Trevor Williams, David Coombs and Rick Slade were available to be on the bench and players Jordan Coombs and Daniel Slade were at the provincial AAA tournament with the Tri Pen squad in Mount Pearl.
For the coach, it was a credit to the overall skill of the players.
“We’re a deep team,” said Donovan. “We have a strong core team, strong goaltending all right out through.”
The team is on a roll and peaking at the right time heading into the provincial tournament. The team is heading to Bonavista from April 4-6.
Members of the bantam team include the following: Michael Hancock, Jordan Coombs, Nick O’Neill, Noah Donovan, Ryon Williams, Michael Hoyles, Josh Slade, Ryan Jones, Devon Pike, Devon Groves, Ryan Slade, Edward Donnelly, Daniel Slade, Mark Ryan, Zachary Harnum, Kelsey Shute and Connor Parsons.
The CeeBee atom B team was in a tough situation with just under a minute remaining in its championship tilt with the Bay Arena Rovers at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium on Feb. 24.
With 38 seconds remaining in the game, Riley Greene scored two goals to push the home team to victory.
The final score was 5-4 for the CeeBees.
Coach Nick Saunders said that when the second goal went in the players on the bench reacted like they were going to win the Herder Memorial Trophy.
Submitted photo The CeeBees minor atom B team went undefeated en route to a gold medal at its host tournament at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace on Feb. 24. The CeeBees scored two goals in the last 38 seconds to beat the Bay Arena Rovers by a score of 5-4. Members of the team are: goaltender Denver Neil; Front (l-r) — Nicholas Antle, Kadyn Coombs, Savannah Sheppard, Hope Finlayson, Noah Reynolds, Riley Shute and Ashton Coombs; middle — Hailey Hoyles, Riley Green, Hunter Saunders, Reid Deering Mark Burke, Andrew Peddle and Riley Pike; back — coaches Nick Saunders, Neil Shute and trainer Dean Shute.
Submitted photo The CeeBees’ peewee B team went undefeated en route to a gold medal in Clarenville on Feb. 22-24. Members of the team are: ice (l-r) — goaltenders Ryan Combden and Liam Button; Front — Cody Squires, Madison Sheehan, Mark Tetford, Jennifer Pike, Dakota Sheppard, Camryn Taylor and Rhiannon Kelly; middle — Sebastian LeShane, Mitchell Hunt, Michael White, Josh Mercer, Liam Ellis, Richie Baker, Maxwell Barrett and Cameron King; back — coaches Wade Squires, Doug Taylor, Jim Hunt and Cory Kelly.
“It was some exciting for the kids,” he said.
The game was played prior to the CeeBee Stars game that afternoon and some of the senior players were watching the game.
“When we scored, they were down there banging on the glass and cheering,” said Saunders.
The team went undefeated in the round-robin portion of the tournament and Saunders said he could see his team getting stronger as they progressed through the games.
The team is a young one, with only three second-year atoms in the lineup.
“The biggest thing was getting them used to the tournament situation,” said Saunders.
That meant getting used to special teams, amongst other aspects that are not seen in novice games.
“Things like buying into systems,” said Saunders.
In the tournament, Saunders and his fellow coaches focused on getting their charges to get traffic in front of the net and dumping the puck in.
Meanwhile, the association’s peewee B team has had some unbelievable success this season.
In four tournaments, the team has managed to grab two gold medals and two silver medals.
“We’ve definitely gotten stronger as the year went on,” said coach Doug Taylor.
One of those gold medals was in Clarenville on Feb. 22-24.
Featuring teams from Clarenville, United Towns and Glovertown, the CeeBees met the squad from Glovertown in the finals.
The game was close up until the final two minutes when Harbour Grace was able to score, making it 4-3.
“The team really played well together,” said Taylor.
The coach chalked his team’s success this season to the “interest level of the kids.”
“It’s a great thing to be a part of the success,” said Taylor.
Saunders said the CeeBee association has great numbers and is experiencing success because of it.
“All of our divisions have been represented by some really strong showings,” he said.