Heart­break at the Joe

Bay Arena Atom As drop heart­breaker in tour­na­ment fi­nal

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The Bay Arena Rovers atom A team fell just short in its bid to be­come the sec­ond team from the Bay Roberts-based as­so­ci­a­tion to win at the pres­ti­gious Joe La­mon­tagne Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment held in Cole Har­bour, Nova Sco­tia on March 8-10.

Fac­ing off with the home team from Cole Har­bour, the Rovers fought hard but ul­ti­mately fell 2-1 to the even­tual cham­pi­ons.

Scor­ing the lone goal was Aaron Boone. Set­ting up shop in front of the net, Aaron took a pass from team­mate Tyler Do­hey and buried it be­hind the Cole Har­bour goal­tender.

“He was right where he should’ve been and the pass went right through the slot,” said head coach Carl Do­hey.

That would be the only goal the Rovers would score.

But, it was not for lack of try­ing, said Do­hey.

“I thought we out­shot them three to one,” he said. “We couldn’t buy a goal.”

The team clanged many pucks off the var­i­ous posts. When the posts were not struck, the goal­tender came up with big save af­ter big save.

“He stood on his head,” said Do­hey.

Prior to the start of the game, the coach said his team was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some “ner­vous en­ergy” but quickly “got the cob­webs out” once they had a cou­ple of shifts un­der their belts.

Head­ing back to the dress­ing room af­ter the medal cer­e­mony, the play­ers were de­jected.

Do­hey and his staff re­minded them that they were the un­der­dogs head­ing into the tour­na­ment and other pos­i­tive as­pects of the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I told them that there was noth­ing to hang their heads about. We trav­elled a long dis­tance, we played hard and we made it to the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

Do­hey also wanted them to

re­mem­ber the “sting” of de­feat. — Laura Keefe, 6th;

• Ju­ve­nile women (un­der-11) — Maya Pet­ten,4th.

Six skaters from the club also qual­i­fied for the Skate At­lantica com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held in Hal­i­fax, NS on April 13-14. They are Katie Daw­son, Toni-Lynn Par­sons and Laura Keefe ( pre-ju­ve­nile women un­der-14); Maya Pet­ten (ju­ve­nile women un­der11); Sarah Dawe (se­nior bronze women); and Bai­ley Fowler ( ju­nior bronze women un­der-19).

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

“Re­mem­ber how it felt when you came up with the short straw, so that the next game you will use those en­er­gies and turn that into a pos­i­tive,” he said.

Learn­ing tools

The Rovers had a suc­cess­ful round-robin por­tion of the tour­na­ment.

“It’s a big tour­na­ment and the at­mos­phere i s elec­tric,” said Do­hey.

The team squared off with their coun­ter­parts from East Hant’s in the first game, walking away with a 5-3 vic­tory.

Next up was the South Shore Ice Sharks, com­prised of play­ers from Bridge­port, NS to Lunen­burg, NS.

The I c e Sharks fell to t he Rovers by a score of 6-2.

“They were good, tight games. We just opened it up to­wards the end,” said Do­hey

In one of the games, the Rovers fell be­hind by a two-goal deficit and fought back.

“All three lines contributed and the boys never quit,” said Do­hey.

In the third match, the Rovers dropped a tight 3-2 game to Cole Har­bour, though Do­hey sug­gested “we were the bet­ter team.”

The cross­over game saw them meet the Truro Bearcats, with the Rovers win­ning con­vinc­ingly by a score of 7-2.

“We con­trolled the cross­over,” said the coach.

The tour­na­ment was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the play­ers. It helped them un­der­stand the abil­ity to main­tain a cer­tain level of in­ten­sity over the course of a game as well as the im­por­tance of po­si­tional play.

The tim­ing of the tour­na­ment could not have been more per­fect, stated Do­hey.

In a cou­ple of weeks, the team will be trav­el­ling to St. John’s for its pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment, from April 1-3.

“We hoped it would ham­mer home some of the things we’ve been teach­ing and build the kids’ con­fi­dence,” said Do­hey. “Once the kids have con­fi­dence, their abil­i­ties will grow.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Submitted photo

The Bay Arena atom A Rovers trav­elled to Cole Har­bour, Nova Sco­tia for the pres­ti­gious Joe La­mon­tagne Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment on March 8-10. The team posted a 2-1 round-robin record en route to the cham­pi­onship game, where they dropped a heart­break­ing 2-1 de­ci­sion to the host team. Mem­bers of the sil­ver medal win­ning team are: front (l-r) – Mitchell Ed­munds, Tyler Do­hey and Ri­ley Mercer; mid­dle row - Jared Ed­munds, Eric Ardis, Owen Sparkes, Lo­gan Hussey, Brady Oates, Corey Par­sons and Noah Coombs; third row – Billy Porter, Daw­son Crane, Troy Mercer, Liam Gre­gory, Matthew Lane, Aaron Boone and Alex Franey; back – coaches Wade Oates and Carl Do­hey. Miss­ing from photo are coaches Craig Mercer, Chad Par­sons and man­ager Colleen Par­sons.

Submitted pho­tos

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club sent 19 skaters to the 2013 Skate NL Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships held March 1-3 at the Clarenville Events Cen­tre. Al­to­gether, the club picked up eight medals — three gold, three sil­ver and two bronze. Skaters at the com­pe­ti­tion were: front (l-r) — Ethan Par­sons, Ju­lia Keefe, Maya Pet­ten, Sarah Daw­son, Laura Keefe, Ha­ley Dawe and Bri­anna Rus­sell; back — Melissa Rus­sell, Ash­ley Porter, Bai­ley Fowler, Katie Cran­ford, Jamie Dawe, Sarah Norman, Kathryn Pet­ten, Katie Daw­son, An­drew Lit­tle­john and Toni-Lynn Par­sons.

In the pre­lim­i­nary dance di­vi­sion of the 2013 Skate NL Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships on March 1-3 in Clarenville, pairs skaters from the Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club picked up gold and sil­ver. Skaters are (l-r) Ethan Par­sons and Ju­lia Keefe, and Bri­anna Rus­sell and An­drew Lit­tle­john.

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