Trent Drover leads CeeBees to gold

Up­per Is­land Cove skater scores four times in cham­pi­onship game at Bay Arena

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Fans at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts for the cham­pi­onship game of the ban­tam tour­na­ment on Jan. 12 be­tween the CeeBees and North­east Ea­gles were treated to a barn­burner.

The teams went back and forth over the 45 min­utes of game ac­tion. The game fea­tured big hits, im­pres­sive goal­tend­ing, slick pass­ing and deft skat­ing.

But, in the end, it was the Har­bour Grace­based team that pre­vailed with the tight, hard fought 4-3 vic­tory.

Up­per Is­land Cove’s Trent Drover led the way for the CeeBees, notch­ing all four tal­lies for the club and be­ing named player of the game.

Drover is the son of Chris­tine and Jeff Drover.

There was no score af­ter the first 15 min­utes, but North­east got on the board first in the sec­ond frame when Michael Saun­ders slid the puck into an open net af­ter a CeeBees de­fence­man had slid into starter Kelsey Shute. Shute was one of three fe­males in the lineup for the CeeBees, while North­east iced an all-male ros­ter.

How­ever, the CeeBees were quick to re­spond. Drover banged in a lose puck in front of the North­east goal af­ter a point shot from de­fence­man Sa­man­tha Pike.

Sec­onds later, North­east re­sponded when Bran­don Gould made a slick move to beat Shute.

Min­utes later, the CeeBees struck again. Drover took a pass from Ryon Wil­liams and beat Ea­gles goal­tender Ryan Mur­ley.

Shortly af­ter this goal, there was a 15-minute de­lay in the game as an elec­tri­cal breaker in the sta­dium tripped and some lights shut off.

When play re­sumed, it took the CeeBees three min­utes to take the lead when Drover again de­posited a goal in the net be­hind Mur­ley. Wil­liams and Kaleb Noel had the as­sists on the goal.

Drover had one more goal in him, as the CeeBees built a two-goal ad­van­tage that they would not re­lin­quish.

The Ea­gles would score with .22 sec­onds to go in the frame to set up a dra­matic third pe­riod.

In the third, the CeeBees and Ea­gles would trade chances but goal­tenders Shute and Mur­ley were up to the task, mak­ing big saves when they had to. The Ea­gles threat­ened in the dy­ing sec­onds, but were un­able to beat Shute.

When the horn sounded, the CeeBees were tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons.

The host Bay Arena Rovers nar­rowly missed out on the fi­nal af­ter drop­ping a ra­zor-thin 1-0 de­ci­sion to the Ea­gles, while the CeeBees punched their ticket to the cham­pi­onship af­ter a sound de­feat of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia TeePees in the other semi­fi­nal.

Mem­bers of the cham­pi­onship team are: Kelsey Shute, Devon Groves, Ryon Wil­liams, Matthew Hoyles, Trent Drover, Sa­man­tha Pike, Lu­cas Lynch, Richie Baker, Ma­son Moores, Jack Lam­bert, Nick Mor­gan, Madi­son Shee­han, Colin Jones, Aaron Os­bourne, Noah Dono­van, Matthew Butt and Caleb Noel.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Trent Drover scored all four of the CeeBees goals in the cham­pi­onship game of the Bay Arena ban­tam tour­na­ment on Jan. 12 in Bay Roberts. The CeeBees de­feated the North­east Ea­gles 4-3.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Bay Arena Rovers goal­tender Jarod Mercer slides over the make a save on North­east Ea­gles player Bran­don Gould in round robin ac­tion on Jan. 10. The Rovers de­feated the Ea­gles 1-0 in pre­lim­i­nary ac­tion. How­ever, the Ea­gles ex­acted re­venge in the semi­fi­nals with a 1-0 vic­tory over the host Rovers.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

CeeBees mi­nor for­ward Matthew Hoyles is mo­ments away from putting a puck past sprawled Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia goal­tender Adam March in round robin ac­tion of the Bay Arena ban­tam tour­na­ment in Bay Roberts on Jan. 10. Hoyles and his team­mates would cap­ture the cham­pi­onship beat­ing the North­east Ea­gles 4-3 on Jan. 12.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Rovers for­ward Tye Reyna-Clarke (right) moves around a North­east de­fender.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

TeePees' for­ward Lu­cas Ab­bott (right) makes a move on CeeBees' de­fender Trent Drover.

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