Gear­ing up for the Cup

Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup ac­tion starts this week with three area teams in ac­tion

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYNICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It is Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup time again for three lo­cal high school teams.

The 16th edi­tion of the high pro­file tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Feb. 6-9 at var­i­ous sta­di­ums around the St. John’s re­gion.

Vy­ing for the ti­tle from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion will be the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros from Bay Roberts, the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Sen­tinels and the Laval High Cava­liers from Pla­cen­tia.

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate is the lone lo­cal team in the up­per di­vi­sion of the tour­na­ment.

For the Astros, it will be the team’s first ac­tion since the Wes­ley Gosse Memo­rial Tour­na­ment at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts in Novem­ber.

The Astros will square off with teams from Gon­zaga High in St. John’s, Gan­der Col­le­giate, Mount Pearl Se­nior High and Queen El­iz­a­beth in Fox­trap in its quest to con­tend for the cov­eted cham­pi­onship.

Things get started for As­cen­sion at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6, when they will meet the al­ways for­mi­da­ble Gon­zaga Vik­ings at the Mount Pearl Glacier.

On Feb. 7, the Astros will travel to the Goulds Arena for an af­ter­noon tilt with the Mount Pearl High Huskies at 2:30 p.m.

The team’s next ac­tion will be at the Fiel­d­ien Gar­dens in St. John’s when As­cen­sion will play Gan­der at 7 p.m.

The Astros will fin­ish the round robin por­tion of their tour­na­ment at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 with a matchup against the Queen El­iz­a­beth Pi­o­neers at the Robert French Memo­rial Sta­dium in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

Car­bon­ear and Laval

Both Laval High and Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate are in Tier 2 of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Both teams get their tour­na­ments started on Feb. 6.

The Sen­tinels will face off with Holy Spirit High from Manuels, El­wood High from Deer Lake and Northum­ber­land Nighthawks from Wes­leyville, Nova Sco­tia.

At 3 p.m. at the Robert French Memo­rial Sta­dium, Car­bon­ear will get things started against the Holy Spirit Fal­cons.

Next up will be the El­wood High Lak­ers at 7 p.m. at the Hyun­dia Arena in St. John’s.

The Sen­tinels will fol­low that up with a evening tilt with Northum­ber­land at 6:30 p.m. in CBS.

The Laval Cava­liers only play once on the open­ing day of the Cup. It is a 6:30 p.m. game with the Cor­ner Brook Ti­tans at the Robert French Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Next up for the Cava­liers is the squad from Booth Memo­rial, of St. John’s, on Feb. 7. Laval and the Braves meet at the Goulds Arena with puck drop sched­uled for 4:15 p.m.

Laval will fin­ish its round robin por­tion of the tour­na­ment later that evening with a tilt against Bar­ring­ton High of Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage, Nova Sco­tia. That matchup gets un­der­way 7 p.m. at the Roger Bussey Arena in St. John’s.

The play­off por­tion for Tier 2 will kick off the morn­ing of Feb. 8, while Tier 1 will kick off Feb. 9.

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