Ice earn awards
Members of the Tri Pen AAA bantam Ice hockey team were well represented at the provincial bantam league’s annual awards banquet, which was recently held in Grand Falls-Windsor.
After being crowned champions of the inaugural Newfoundland and Labrador AAA Bantam league this season, a number of Tri Pen bantam Ice were named the best at their position at the league’s award ceremony.
Ice representatives nabbed five of the nine awards handed out March 13, including league most valuable player, top defenceman, top goaltender, best goals against average and the coach of the year.
I can’t say I was expecting to get the award.
— Zachary Bennett
Ice captain Zachary Bennett was named the league’s top defenceman. The Bay Roberts resident captained the Ice during the season and scored the serieswinning goal in Game 3 of the league championship series. The Tri Pen bantam Ice dominated the Newfoundland and Labrador AAA Bantam league awards ceremony, picking up five of the nine awards handed out. They included the league’s most valuable player, top defenceman, top goaltender, best goals against average and the coach of the year. Pictured are, from left, award winners Zachary Bennett (top defenceman), Tristan Gray (top goaltender, goals against average), Kyle Petten (league MVP) and Nelson Bennett (coach of the year).
“I can’t say I was expecting to get the award,” he said. “There are a lot of good defencemen in this league. It’s just an honour to be nominated.”
Bennett had 30 points in 28 games and was a formidable presence in his own end for Tri Pen.
“I thought I played good. I like to play a physical game and chip in offensively where I can,” he said.
Bonavista’s Tristan Gray led the way for the Ice. As one half of an excellent keeper duo for the Ice, Gray was named goaltender of the year after posting a regular season record of 12 wins and just two loses. In the playoffs, he was even better, posting a perfect 3-0 record with a 1.00 GAA. His 1.21 regular season goals against average netted him the top GAA award.
In an award that was really no surprise to many provincial hockey pundits, Tri Pen forward Kyle Petten was named the league’s most valuable player.
The young athlete was third in league scoring with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) despite missing four games during the season. He played in 24 in total. Petten upped his game in the playoffs notching nine points in just five games. Finally, coach Nelson Bennett was named coach of the year after guiding his team to a regular season record of 23 wins, three losses and two ties, which was good for first place in the league. The Ice led the league in goals against with just 41 allowed and was third in goals with 121 during the season.
Zachary said the strong showing in the awards was indicative of the type of team Tri Pen put on the ice this year.
“(The number of awards) says we have great individual talent, but that we are also a great team as well,” he said. Meanwhile, St. John’s Alex Newhook won the league’s scoring title and was named rookie of the year. Western’s Kristopher Thomas was named the league’s scholastic player and Central’s Devin Edwards was named the most gentlemanly and effective player.
The Tri Pen peewee Ice were shutout of their awards, despite a number of players having solid seasons. Captain Reilly Mayne was up for both league MVP and most gentlemanly and effective player. The forward registered 24 goals and 14 assists for an Ice team that posted nine wins, 17 loses and two ties in 28 games.