Amal­ga­mated Academy snags gold

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The Amal­ga­mated Academy Jaguars used a high-pow­ered of­fence to grab the gold medal at the re­cent Frank Roberts Ju­nior High hockey tour­na­ment held in CBS. The Bay Roberts-based team de­feated McDon­ald Drive Ju­nior High in the fi­nal.

Depth is a key com­po­nent to any cham­pi­onship team.

Hav­ing the abil­ity to roll out three or four solid lines when your op­po­nent only has one or two is some­thing ev­ery coach dreams about. It makes their job eas­ier and wreaks havoc on the op­pos­ing teams con­fi­dence.

“We were in a sit­u­a­tion where we had three solid lines,” said Amal­ga­mated Academy hockey coach Ge­off Sey­mour. “Depth was def­i­nitely a strength for us.”

Fea­tur­ing a team with a solid mix­ture of Tri Pen Ice AAA and Bay Arena ban­tam A play­ers, the Bay Roberts-based Jaguars proved to be too much for their op­po­si­tion.

From for­wards to de­fence, Amal­ga­mated were able to over­whelm their op­po­nents with an at­tack that fea­tured some of the best ju­nior high play­ers on the Avalon.

The Jaguars used that depth to pro­pel them to the cham­pi­onship of the 13th an­nual Frank Roberts Ju­nior High hockey tour­na­ment. Held at the Con­cep­tion Bay South Sta­dium in Kel­li­grews, Amal­ga­mated soundly thumped the McDon­ald Drive Ju­nior High Griz­zlies from St. John’s 8-1 in the tier I fi­nal on April 24.

“The play­ers were ready to go for (the cham­pi­onship),” said Sey­mour. “Puck pos­ses­sion and forecheck­ing, we were ready.”

The tour­na­ment

The Jaguars got out to a good start. The team blanked Tor­bay’s Holy Trin­ity 8-0 and fol­lowed that up with a 4-2 vic­tory over St. Kevin’s Ju­nior High in the Goulds.

They dropped a tight 4-2 deci- sion to McDon­ald Drive Ju­nior High be­fore re­bound­ing with a 10-0 rav­aging of Leary’s Brook. The Jaguars fin­ished the round robin with a 4-1 vic­tory over St. Peter’s Ju­nior High.

Their 4-1 record was good enough to land them in tier I of the 13-team tour­na­ment.

In the semi­fi­nals, Amal­ga­mated reg­is­tered a 5-1 win over Mount Pearl In­ter­me­di­ate.

“It’s a very good tour­na­ment,” said Sey­mour.

Over the seven games, the Jaguars pro­duced an in­cred­i­ble 39 goals for, while sur­ren­der­ing just nine in to­tal.

Its re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing the team had very lit­tle prac­tice time given the busy sched­ules of the play­ers.

“They came to­gether quickly,” said Sey­mour.

It was the se­cond time Amal­ga­mated en­tered a team in the long run­ning tour­na­ment. Last year, the team was dropped in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

This year, they wanted to make amends for that hic­cup.

“The play­ers were highly mo­ti­vated to win this year,” said Sey­mour. “It’s nice to get a bit of redemp­tion.”

Mo­ti­va­tion is a pow­er­ful thing for play­ers. The Amal­ga­mated team was hun­gry to get the win over McDon­ald Ju­nior High.

“When you’ve got kids ask­ing you if they can throw their gloves in the air, you know they’re mo­ti­vated to win,” said Sey­mour.

“When you’ve got kids ask­ing you if they can throw their gloves in the air, you know they’re mo­ti­vated to win.” Ge­off Sey­mour

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Amal­ga­mated Academy Jaguars downed McDon­ald Ju­nior High Griz­zlies 8-1 in the fi­nal of the Frank Roberts Ju­nior High April 24 at the Con­cep­tion Bay South Sta­dium in Kel­li­grews.

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