Rover­ines, Ceebees golden at un­der-12 fe­male tour­ney

Teams come home with A, D di­vi­sion ban­ners

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

The Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion has its first provin­cial mi­nor hockey ban­ners for the 2013-14 sea­son.

This came af­ter the CeeBees and Bay Arena Rovers un­der-12 fe­male teams came back from Cor­ner Brook sport­ing cham­pi­onships in the A and D di­vi­sions, re­spec­tively, in the fe­male mega tour­na­ment April 4-6.

The tour­ney fea­tured 20 of the finest fe­male un­der-12 teams in the prov­ince. As it is with the mega tour­na­ment for­mat, teams play two pre­lim­i­nary matchups to de­ter­mine where they will be seeded in the tour­na­ment.

The Bay Arena ended up in the A di­vi­sion af­ter fin­ish­ing the open­ing round with two wins. This would set up a cham­pi­onship show­down with the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Rene­gades.

It was a dra­matic fi­nal that saw the Rene­gades come back from a 5-1 deficit to al­most force an over­time pe­riod. With the Bay Arena cling­ing to a 5-4 lead, coach Johnny Reid said his charges re­fused to let the lead slip away.

“They weren’t go­ing to give that goal up,” he said.

When the buzzer sounded, it was a flurry of fly­ing sticks, gloves and hel­mets as the play­ers rushed to cel­e­brate the vic­tory.

The Rover­ines went un­de­feated, with wins over Bot­wood ( 10- 0), Clarenvile II (7-0), CBR (3-3), Marys­town (2-1) and Clarenville I (4-0).

CeeBees grab gold

Mean­while, in the cham­pi­onship of the D fi­nal, the CeeBees nar­rowly edged the St. John’s Cap­i­tals 2-0.

Things did not start out promis­ing for the play­ers based out of Har­bour Grace. The CeeBees dropped its open­ing game to CBR (3-0), be­fore re­bound­ing with a 2- 2 tie with Churchill Falls. The CeeBees then went on to post wins over Cor­ner Brook (7-1) and St. John’s (1-0), and once again bat­tled to a 2-2 draw with Churchill Falls.

The CeeBees un­der-12 team cap­tured the D di­vi­sion ban­ner at the 2014 Steele Ho­tels fe­male mega tour­na­ment in Cor­ner Brook April 4-6. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — goal­tender Mag­gie Janes; mid­dle — Kait­lyn Pike, Kira Noel, Hil­lary Rear­don, Laura Gam­bin, Katie Shute, Hope Fin­layson, Jenna Whalen, Hai­ley Bishop, Olivia Gil­bert, Jil­lian Ne­whook; back — coaches Joe Haire and Tom Whalen, Mor­gan Reynolds, Kierra Coombs, Sammi Jo Haire, and coaches Randy Rear­don, Frank Fin­layson and Dean Shute.

The Bay Arena Rover­ines un­der-12 team cap­tured the 2014 Steele Ho­tels un­der-12 fe­male mega tour­na­ment A di­vi­sion ti­tle in Cor­ner Brook April 4-6. Mem­bers of the team are: left (front to back) — Syd­ney Reid, Sum­mer Sar­gent, Han­nah Hickey, Darcy Jones, Kather­ine Reid and Re­becca Ben­nett; right — Brooke Mercer, Jae­mee Drover, Alyssa Sar­gent, Keeanna His­cock, Tianna Ryan and Abi­gail Reid.

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