Ceebees golden at home

Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia, Bay Arena grab provin­cial ban­ners


The scene in the dress­ing room of the CeeBees mi­nor pee­wee A team was some­thing out of a movie.

As Queen’s sem­i­nal track “We Are The Cham­pi­ons” blasted from a set of speak­ers in a cor­ner of the back-wall dress­ing room, play­ers lined up to sign the pee­wee E di­vi­sion provin­cial ban­ner.

It’s was a fit­ting song, see­ing as mo­ments ear­lier, the CeeBees had sur­vived a late game push by the Marys­town Mariners to se­cure the 3-2 vic­tory in the cham­pi­onship game at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

Play­ers hugged each other, huge smiles plas­tered on their faces, while a pair of coaches shook hands con­grat­u­lat­ing each other.

“This is spe­cial,” said coach Brian Dono­van, a broad grin per­ma­nently etched on his face. “There’s noth­ing like win­ning on home ice.”

It took a com­plete team ef­fort for the Har­bour Grace-based club to pull out the vic­tory. From its for­wards to the de­fence, ev­ery player chipped in and made the win pos­si­ble.

Of course, any cham­pi­onship run be­gins and ends with goal­tend­ing, and the CeeBees had two ex­cel­lent keep­ers in Josh Mullins and Ryan Comb­den.

On this night, Comd­ben had his num­ber called and was up to the task.

“Ryan had one goal to­day, to win a provin­cial cham­pi­onship,” said Dono­van.

The CeeBees got on the board first when hulk­ing de­fence­man Josh Squires fired a rocket past the Marys­town goal­tender in the open­ing frame.

The 1-0 lead would hold for the re­main­der of the first pe­riod and min­utes into the sec­ond.

Af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes of sus­tained pres­sure, the Mariners knocked in two quick goals both off of scram­bles to make the score 2-1.

How­ever, the lead would be short lived as CeeBees’ for­ward Josh Neil buried a pass from Lu­cas Bishop to make it 2-2.

The score re­mained that way un­til nine min­utes left in the third when Nick Dono­van made a end-to-end rush that ended with the game-win­ning goal.

For the rest of the pe­riod, the CeeBees dug in their heels and held on.

Comb­den stood tall in the goal, turn­ing away ev­ery Marys­town shot he faced over the last half a pe­riod.

“When it got to the last minute, it was like an hour,” said Dono­van.

The coach praised Marys­town has a “good team.” “They threw ev­ery­thing at us,” he said. Mem­bers of the team are: Ryan Comb­den, Josh Mullins, Lu­cas Adams, Nick Dono­van, Josh Neil, Josh Squires, Ben Tuck, Cameron Hunt, Alex Clarke, Bradley Byrne, Colby Drover, Lu­cas Bishop, Cody Squires, Blair Har­ris, Ethan Brushett, Se­bas­tian LeShane and John Verge.

TeePees golden

Mean­while, the CeeBees were not the only team from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion to pick up a provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

The Whit­bourne-based TeePees de­feated the Straits 7-5 in the ti­tle match of the pee­wee D di­vi­sion tour­na­ment in St. Barbe April 23.

It was Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia’s sixth straight vic­tory in the tour­na­ment.

“The boys per­formed re­ally well,” said coach Craig Whelan. “They had it in them from the start.”

The TeePees were an of­fen­sive jug­ger­naut from the drop of the puck in their first game of the tour­na­ment.

The team reg­is­tered 46 goals over the half-adozen con­tests, in­clud­ing 13 from Brady Whelan and 16 from Reilly Mayne.

Al­though the two for­wards had high goal to­tals, the coach was quick to call the vic­tory a team ef­fort.

“Ev­ery­one stepped up to make it work,” said Whelan.

Mem­bers of the team are: Ni­cholas La­hey, Ethan Rus­sell, Colby Bar­rett, Ryan Hil­lier, TJ Legge, Ethan Pol­lett, Brady Whalen, Ri­ley Ne­whook, Ri­ley Mayne, Abby Reid, Hunter Somer­ton, Michael Reid, Josh San­ford, Mark Davis and Zack Ne­whook.

Mid­gets pro­duce sec­ond TeePees ban­ner

Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia reg­is­tered a sec­ond provin­cial ban­ner when the as­so­ci­a­tion’s midget team brought home the midget D di­vi­sion ti­tle with a 43 vic­tory over Gros Morne in Port aux Basques on April 23.

With the win, the TeePees avenged a roundrobin loss to Gros Morne.

The Bay Arena pee­wee C Rovers were also suc­cess­ful in their quest for a provin­cial ti­tle.

The Rovers de­feated the ri­val CeeBees 2-0 in the cham­pi­onship of the B di­vi­sion at the pee­wee mega tour­na­ment held in Gan­der and Glovertown.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Mem­bers of the CeeBees mi­nor pee­wee A team cel­e­brate their pee­wee E di­vi­sion provin­cial cham­pi­onship win over the Marys­town Mariners at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace April 23.

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