Astros dom­i­nant in AAAA vic­tory

As­cen­sion cap­tures provin­cial ti­tle with im­pres­sive per­for­mance

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros were dom­i­nant in their quest for AAAA provin­cial ball hockey gold at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts March 28-29.

The Astros went un­de­feated on their way to the cham­pi­onship, dec­i­mat­ing op­po­nents along the way. Each game, be­sides the ti­tle match and open­ing con­test, was de­cided by the seven-goal mercy rule.

In the cham­pi­onship, As­cen­sion was pushed by O’Donel High of Mount Pearl but used a strong sec­ond half to bury the Pa­tri­ots 10-5.

Cap­tain Brady Bar­rett led the of­fen­sive charge for the Astros with three goals. Also pick­ing up mark­ers were Ryan Daw­son (2), Tay­lor Nor­man ( 2), Chris­tian Dawe, Bran­don Mo­ri­ar­ity and Bradley Bar­rett.

“We wanted to stay dis­ci­plined,” said as­sis­tant cap­tain Adam Oates.

The vic­tory was a load off of the back of Oates and the rest of the se­nior play­ers on the team. It was O’Donel that elim­i­nated the Astros in the semi­fi­nals last year.

The pre­vi­ous two sea­sons the Astros had fallen painfully short of the ti­tle.

“This is our third year, and it felt good to get the mon­key off our back,” said Oates.

The tour­na­ment

The Astros got things started with Game 1 against O’Donel , with the home team win­ning eas­ily by a mar­gin of 11-5.

Next, As­cen­sion thor­oughly out­played Marys­town, cruis­ing to an 81 vic­tory.

In its last game of the round robin, the Astros were too much for the Stephenville High Spar­tans as they de­feated the west coast team 9-2.

In the semi­fi­nals, As­cen­sion seemed like they were in for a stern test from Dis­cov­ery Col­le­giate of Bon­av­ista. How­ever, the Astros steam­rolled the De­stroy­ers 9-2 en route to the cham­pi­onship.

For Oates, the AAAA ti­tle was a suc­cess­ful way to cap off his high school ball hockey ca­reer.

“It’s a great feel­ing,” he said.

Laval grabs AAA sil­ver

Mean­while, the Laval High Cava­liers male ball hockey team fell just short in its AAA cham­pi­onship bid at King’s Academy in Har­bour Breton.

Play­ing the home­town War­riors, the Pla­cen­tia- based Cava­liers brought home the sil­ver medal af­ter a 7-5 de­feat.

In a di­vi­sion with Dorset Academy of Green Bay South and King’s Academy, Laval posted a round robin record of two wins and two losses.

The Cava­liers opened the tour­na­ment with a pair of one- goal games. First, it was a 4-3 de­feat of Dorset Academy. That was fol­lowed by a 6-5 loss to King’s Academy.

Laval got back in the win col­umn with a vic­tory over Dorset (5-2), be­fore drop­ping an­other game to the War­riors (9-2). In the semi­fi­nal, the Cava­liers de­feated Fogo Is­land 7-6 to punch its ticket to the fi­nal.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros male ball hockey team went un­de­feated en route to the AAAA provin­cial cham­pi­onship held at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts March 28-29. The Astros de­feated the O’Donel High Pa­tri­ots, of Mount Pearl, 10-5 in the fi­nal. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — goal­tenders Lu­cas Bar­rett and Ri­ley Akerman; back — coach Trevor Dixon, Tay­lor Nor­man, Bran­don Mo­ri­ar­ity, Adam Oates, Willy Hayes, Brady Bar­rett, Bradley Bar­rett, Johnny But­ler, Michael Critch, Ryan Daw­son, Chris­tian Dawe and coach Fred Simms.

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