Co­in­ci­dences aplenty at Wes­ley Gosse fi­nal

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

The af­ter­noon of Nov. 22 had to have felt fa­mil­iar to Up­per Is­land Cove’s Randy Rear­don.

It was the fi­nal of the Wes­ley Gosse Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts and As­cen­sion Col­le­giate squared off with the Queen El­iz­a­beth Pi­o­neers for the right to hoist the cov­eted cham­pi­onship shield.

It felt fa­mil­iar for good rea­son. More than two decades ago, Rear­don was on the ice in the same sit­u­a­tion, al­beit in the first Wes­ley Gosse tour­na­ment. In 1991, he was a mem­ber of the Astros com­pet­ing on the ice at the Bay Arena against a tough Queen El­iz­a­beth club.

He manned the blue-line then for an As­cen­sion club that was at the height of its pow­ers that sea­son. Rear­don scored the gamewin­ning goal and was named the most valu­able player of the tour­na­ment.

“It brought back a lot of mem­o­ries,” said Rear­don. “It was the same team and ev­ery­thing that we played in the fi­nal.”

The co­in­ci­dences don’t stop there. On the ice 25 years later was Astros for­ward Jor­dan Coombs, who is Rear­don’s nephew.

Just like his un­cle, Coombs donned the No. 10 for the Astros and was named the cap­tain ear­lier this year. In their re­spec­tive fi­nals, each played Queen El­iz­a­beth in the fi­nal, both won and both were named the tour­na­ment most valu­able player.

“It really didn’t hit me un­til they called my name for the MVP,” said Coombs. “A lot had to fall into place for that to hap­pen. It worked out per­fect.

“I had my mind blown a lit­tle bit be­cause I didn’t think I was go­ing to get that award.”

Just to add to the bevy of co­in­ci­dences from the re­cent tour­na­ment, the score of the two games were ra­zor close. In 1991, the Astros won 6-4. The 2015 As­cen­sion team ob­tained vic­tory 7-4. Fun­nily enough, it was Coombs who scored the empty net­ter to give his team their sev­enth goal.

“You don’t really re­al­ize it un­til you sit down and think about it,” said Rear­don. “What a co­in­ci­dence.”

Lead­ing up to the tour­na­ment fi­nal, Coombs and Rear­don spoke about the Wes­ley Gosse. Rear­don shared his ex­pe­ri­ences play­ing high school hockey and the mag­ni­tude of be­ing a part of the first tour­na­ment.

“We were say­ing how nice it’d be if it turned out for me the same way it did for him,” said Coombs. “It’s nice to be able to share it with Randy. He was really happy for me too.”

“It was a proud mo­ment,” said Rear­don.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Randy Rear­don (left) and Jor­dan Coombs were both MVPs of the Wes­ley Gosse Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment. Rear­don is Coombs’s un­cle.

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