Ice almost make fi­nal at Hal­i­fax tour­na­ment

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The Tri Pen AAA ban­tam Ice fell one goal short of a trip to the fi­nal at the East Coast IceJam held at the BMO Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax Jan. 7-11.

The Fred­er­ic­ton Cana­di­ens scored 1:50 into over­time to give them the 4-3 vic­tory in a semi­fi­nal on Sun­day. The loss squashed what could have been an all-New­found­land fi­nal matchup with the Tri Com Thun­der, who went on to win the tour­na­ment.

A pair of quick goals by the Cana­di­ens 11 seconds apart put the Ice in a hole half­way through the first pe­riod. The Ice’s Liam Leonard got one back seven min­utes later as the teams skated to a 2-1 first frame in favour of Fred­er­ic­ton. Chandler War­ren and Liam Shea had the as­sists on the Tri Pen goal.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Leonard got his sec­ond of the game to notch things up at 2-2. Daw­son Mercer and Zachary Ben­nett had the helpers on the goal.

With mo­men­tum squarely in their cor­ner, Pet­ten beat Fred­eric- ton starter Ma­son Gour­ley less than a minute into the third pe­riod to put the Ice up 3-2. How­ever, the lead would not last as the Cana­di­ens scored half­way through the frame to tie things up.

The teams traded chances over the fi­nal 10 min­utes be­fore head­ing to over­time.

The semi­fi­nal match was the sec­ond straight over­time game for Tri Pen. On Jan. 10, the Ice de­feated the Kenn Val­ley Kings 32 in a quar­ter­fi­nal that needed ex­tra time.

This time, Daw­son Mercer notched the win­ner — his sec­ond goal of the game — with just un­der six min­utes gone in the pe­riod. Shea and Ben­nett had the helpers.

Also scor­ing for Tri Pen in the game was Ethan Pol­lett.

The round robin por­tion of the tour­na­ment saw the Ice post two wins against Kenn Val­ley and North West Bulls and one loss to the Dieppe Fly­ers. In the first round of the play­offs, Tri Pen downed the Acadie-Mi­ramichi Se­na­teurs 8-2.

Liam Shea and Kyle Pet­ten tied for the team lead in scor­ing with 16 points. As a re­sult, Shea was named a first team all-star at the tour­na­ment, while Pet­ten was named the tour­na­ment’s top first-year ban­tam.

De­fence­man Zachary Ben­nett and goal­tender Tris­tan Grey were named sec­ond team all-stars.

Ma­jor mid­get

The Ice were not the only lo­cal team com­pet­ing at the tour­na­ment, as the ma­jor mid­get Tri Pen Os­prey also took part in the IceJam.

How­ever, they were not as suc­cess­ful and failed to notch a sin­gle vic­tory in three out­ings. The Os­prey gave the Hal­i­fax Macs ev­ery­thing they could han­dle in their tour­na­ment opener, but sur­ren­dered a late goal to drop the contest 4-3.

Conal McNa­mara, Natha­nial Duf­fett and Cameron Simms scored for Tri Pen, while Brent Hat­field suf­fered the loss in goal.

In Game 2, the Os­prey fell 3-1 to the Val­ley Wild­cats. Ethan Street had the lone goal for Tri Pen.

The Cape Bre­ton West Is­landers dou­bled the Os­prey 6-3 to end the tour­na­ment run for Tri Pen. Reilly Deer­ing, Ryan Daw­son and Street sup­plied the of­fense for the Os­prey in that game.

Com­pass file photo

Daw­son Mercer of the Tri Pen Ice AAA ban­tam team.

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