Reilly Mayne a skilled player

Ho­peall ath­lete lead­ing Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

Ho­peall’s Reilly Mayne is do­ing good things with the Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA team this sea­son. Re­ly­ing on his slick skat­ing skills de­vel­oped through a dual in­ter­est in hockey and fig­ure skat­ing, the 12-year-old is the team’s lead­ing scorer.

When Ho­peall’s Reilly Mayne started skat­ing, he took an un­usual path.

While other chil­dren his age were choos­ing be­tween fig­ure skat­ing and hockey, the 12-year-old de­cided not to choose.

In­stead, he par­tic­i­pated in both. It is not un­com­mon for this to hap­pen. For­mer Cana­dian Olympian Kurt Brown­ing played both up to the age of 11. He chose to fig­ure skate full time and the re­sults, as they say, are his­tory.

Be­sides in­volv­ing skates and ice, the sports of hockey and fig­ure skat­ing are in­her­ently in­ter­twined. The skills used in one are sure to help in the other.

Reilly was quick to point this out dur­ing a sit-down in­ter­view with The Com­pass last week.

“It helped with my back­wards skat­ing and things like that,” he noted.

Cer­tainly, it was an in­ter­est­ing choice at the time, but not one Reilly is re­gret­ting at the mo­ment. The young ath­lete is cur­rently one the bright spots for the Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA squad.

Through 11 games, Reilly has been a force on the ice, col­lect­ing 11 goals and eight as­sists for 19 points. The dy­namo leads his team in scor­ing and has been a fo­cal point for the team’s of­fence.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the league,” said Reilly.

What might be more im­pres­sive is how the young puck star is get­ting his points. Reilly is scor­ing in a va­ri­ety of ways.

From mak­ing the high­light reel rush to dig­ging in the cor­ners and com­ing out with the puck, he is find­ing ways to lead his team to vic­tory.

The Ice sit in sec­ond place in the five-team league with a record of six wins and five losses.

“The league is so com­pet­i­tive and the play­ers are so good,” said Reilly, the son of Vince and Dale Mayne.

Strength up the mid­dle

A cen­tre­man by trade, Reilly plays both the power play and penalty kill for his club.

The Grade 7 French im­mer­sion stu­dent from Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town likes to stay a cou­ple of steps ahead of his op­po­nents.

If it is a big mo­ment in the game, chances are you’re go­ing to see Reilly on the ice. Play­ing more like a power for­ward than a play­maker, he does what­ever is asked of him.

“I like get­ting into the cor­ners and com­ing out with the puck,” he said.

Reilly is counted on to win the big face off, as well as drop back in his own end to help his de­fence­men out.

A win­ner

De­spite his young age, Reilly is a proven win­ner in lo­cal cir­cles. He was a mem­ber of the Tri Pen pee­wee AAA team that cap­tured the At­lantic cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

That went along with the provin­cial pee­wee D cham­pi­onship Reilly and his team­mates with the Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia TeePees se­cured last spring. He had five goals in the cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve been very for­tu­nate to be a part of some great hockey teams the past cou­ple of sea­sons,” said Reilly.

Get­ting along with your team­mates make a hockey club stronger. Of­ten times, if you don’t get along and work to­gether, the team is doomed to fail.

Many Tri Pen play­ers have shared the ice to­gether at some point in their ca­reers. For ex­am­ple, Reilly can look to his wing and see fel­low TeePee prod­uct Mark Davis. He can turn around and see Ben Ne­whook be­tween the pipes.

Fa­mil­iar­ity can breed suc­cess in this sit­u­a­tion.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Ho­peall’s Reilly Mayne is the lead­ing scorer for the Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA team.

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