Trent Drover leads CeeBees to gold
Upper Island Cove skater scores four times in championship game at Bay Arena
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rovers forward Tye Reyna-Clarke (right) moves around a Northeast defender.
TeePees' forward Lucas Abbott (right) makes a move on CeeBees' defender Trent Drover.