Noth­ing quite like home

Un­der-12 Rover­ines sink Mariners in home tour­na­ment fi­nal

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

One of the best feel­ings in mi­nor hockey is win­ning your home tour­na­ment. It’s sim­ple re­ally. Play­ers get to ac­com­plish the feat in front of friends and fam­ily mem­bers in their home rink.

At the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Feb. 16, the Bay Arena mi­nor’s un­der-12 fe­male team ac­com­plished that ex­act feat.

In the fi­nal of its home tour­ney, the Rover­ines soundly de­feated the Marys­town Mariners 4-1 to cap­ture the cham­pi­onship.

The fi­nal fea­tured two strong teams vy­ing for the cov­eted ti­tle. There was slick skat­ing, smooth pass­ing and loads of ex­cite­ment.

The game was a re­match from an ear­lier matchup in the round robin. Then, the Mariners bested the Rover­ines 3-0.

With Bay Arena look­ing for re­venge, Syd­ney Reid put the Roverins up 1-0 early. Abby McCue picked up the as­sist.

The 1-0 ad­van­tage would last un­til just be­fore the first pe­riod ended. Marys­town’s Cathy Se­mor lit the lamp with .10 sec­onds left in the frame.

How­ever, that would be all the scor­ing the Mariners would muster.

The Rover­ines would go on to score three unan­swered goals. McCue got things started at 4:22 of the sec­ond when she beat Marys­town starter Mal­lory Spencer. Abby Reid and Darcy Jones had the helpers. Abby Reid put Bay Arena up 3-1 in the third, with help from Jones and McCue.

Re­beca Ben­nett would put the game out of reach with her marker at 1:42 of the third. Abby Reid had the as­sist.

In the round robin, the Rover­ines went 21, de­feat­ing the CeeBees ( 5- 0) and the Clarenville Cari­bous (2-1).

Mem­bers of the Rover­ines are: Syd­ney Reid, Re­becca Ben­nett, Abby McCue, Abby Reid, Darcy Jones, Han­nah Young, Han­nah Hickey, Tianna Poole, Jamie Drover, Brooke Mercer and Ja­cob Reid.

The CeeBees

The CeeBees mi­nor un­der-12 fe­male squad was also in­volved in the tour­na­ment. While the team went win­less in three games, the CeeBees put up a fight in each match.

The CeeBees team are: Mag­gie Jones, Kerra Coombs, Jenna Whalen, Cassie Drover, Ju­lia Verge, Katie Shute, Kira Noel, Sam­mie Jo Haire, Hil­lary Rear­don, Kiera Haynes, Hope Fin­layson, Olivia Gil­bert, Hai­ley Bishop, Jil­ian Ne­whook, Kait­lyn Pike and Mor­gan Reynolds.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

CeeBees mi­nor un­der-12 fe­male goal­tender Mag­gie Jones makes this ath­letic, div­ing save on a Bay Arena Rover­ines shooter dur­ing round robin play of the Rover­ines home tour­na­ment at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on Feb. 15. The Rover­ines would de­feat the CeeBees 5-0, but Jones played a stel­lar game in goal.

Bay Arena un­der-12 Rover­ines player Syd­ney Reid brings the puck up ice dur­ing round robin ac­tion against the un­der- 12 fe­male CeeBees at Bay Arena’s home tour­na­ment at the Bay A r e n a i n B ay Roberts on Feb. 15. The Rover­ines would go on to cap­ture the cham­pi­onship.

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