Ice almost make final at Halifax tournament
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.
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.
Dawson Mercer of the Tri Pen Ice AAA bantam team.