Hard work pays early div­i­dends for Tri Pen Ice

Pee­wee team in sec­ond place in pro­vin­cial league

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

The Tri Pen pee­wee fe­male Ice never had a whole lot of prac­tice head­ing into their first ac­tion of the sea­son.

Squar­ing off with three other teams in their first warmup tour­na­ment of the sea­son, the Ice went un­de­feated through the round robin and play­off rounds en route to the gold medal.

The team had just a hand­ful of prac­tices be­fore head­ing to Con­cep­tion Bay South for the tour­na­ment. It didn’t leave them a lot of time to be­come ac­quainted with each other or their coaches.

Given, the Ice are com­prised of play­ers from feeder sys­tems in Bay Roberts, Har­bour Grace, Clarenville, Pla­cen­tia, Marys­town, Bon­av­ista and Whit­bourne, it’d be un­der­stand­able for there to be some grow­ing pains.

“We were a bit wor­ried with play­ers com­ing from Bon­av­ista to Har­bour Grace,” said coach Mike Drover. “We have a good group of lead­ers and I knew the other play­ers would fol­low them. They sort of took the rest un­der their wing.”

That seemed to work as the Ice pulled off a 3-2 vic­tory over a tough Eastern Ice Break­ers team en route to the gold Oct. 21-23 at the Con­cep­tion Bay South Sta­dium in Kel­li­grews.

The Ice jumped out to a quick two goal lead on mark­ers from Tori Walsh and Jor­dan Chaulk. Eastern tied things up in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore Macken­zie Bal­sam scored the win­ner mid­way through the third pe­riod to help her team pick up the all-im­por­tant gold medal.

“The play­ers were pretty ex­cited to win,” said Drover.

Mem­bers of the team are: Cassie Drover (Up­per Is­land Cove), Jayme Guy (Arnold’s Cove), Sara Smith (Up­per Is­land Cove), Tianna Ryan (Bri­gus), Madi­son Ware­ham (White­way), Nikita Stone (Har­bour Grace), Jor­dan Chaulk (Bon­av­ista), Macken­zie Bal­som (Clarenville), Paige Flem­ing (Clarenville), Do­minique Doucet (Cre­ston South), Tori Walsh (Marys­town), Heather Prosser (Clarenville), Aliya Shep­pard (Spa­niard’s Bay), Lau­ren Pad­dle (Red Bay), Emma Gray (Bon­av­ista), Emily Mul­lett (Clarenville) and Sara Squibb (Clarenville).

The coach­ing staff is Drover, as­sis­tant coach Derek Guy, trainer Betty Guy and direc­tor of op­er­a­tions Edgar Bal­som.

The tour­na­ment

The Ice started the tour­na­ment with a 3-1 vic­tory over the Eastern squad. The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Tri Pen blasted the Cen­tral IcePak 8-2.

Later on Day 2, the Ice dom­i­nated the Western team en route to a 7-0 vic­tory.

The next tour­na­ment is to be held in Rocky Har­bour in Novem­ber. Drover ex­pects all of the teams will skate a bit bet­ter by then.

De­fence wins cham­pi­onships

There’s an old adage in sports that says a good de­fence will beat a good of­fence and win cham­pi­onships be­cause of it.

With that in mind, the Ice are fo­cus­ing on keep­ing the puck out of their net first and wor­ry­ing about putting it in their op­po­nent’s sec­ond.

“We’ve got a strong de­fence and it’s like I tell the play­ers, ‘De­fence wins hockey games,’” said Drover. “We’ve got to keep the puck out of our own end and scor­ing is go­ing to come.”

Even with that at­ti­tude, the Ice are a bal­anced group. Up front, they have a strong group of skaters who are adept at putting the puck in the net when re­quired. It makes them a dan­ger­ous team in tran­si­tion.

The fe­male AAA pro­grams dif­fer from the boys in that they do not have a full sea­son and in­stead rely on mul­ti­ple tour­na­ments to pre­pare them­selves for provin­cials.

That makes ev­ery win they get an im­por­tant one for team build­ing mov­ing for­ward.

“The gold medal gives the team a lot of con­fi­dence mov­ing for­ward,” said Drover.

The Tri Pen pee­wee fe­male Ice never had a whole lot of prac­tice head­ing into their first ac­tion of the sea­son.

Squar­ing off with three other teams in their first warmup tour­na­ment of the sea­son, the Ice went un­de­feated through the round robin and play­off rounds en route to the gold medal.

The team had just a hand­ful of prac­tices be­fore head­ing to Con­cep­tion Bay South for the tour­na­ment. It didn’t leave them a lot of time to be­come ac­quainted with each other or their coaches.

Given, the Ice are com­prised of play­ers from feeder sys­tems in Bay Roberts, Har­bour Grace, Clarenville, Pla­cen­tia, Marys­town, Bon­av­ista and Whit­bourne, it’d be un­der­stand­able for there to be some grow­ing pains.

“We were a bit wor­ried with play­ers com­ing from Bon­av­ista to Har­bour Grace,” said coach Mike Drover. “We have a good group of lead­ers and I knew the other play­ers would fol­low them. They sort of took the rest un­der their wing.”

That seemed to work as the Ice pulled off a 3-2 vic­tory over a tough Eastern Ice Break­ers team en route to the gold Oct. 21-23 at the Con­cep­tion Bay South Sta­dium in Kel­li­grews.

The Ice jumped out to a quick two goal lead on mark­ers from Tori Walsh and Jor­dan Chaulk. Eastern tied things up in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore Macken­zie Bal­sam scored the win­ner mid­way through the third pe­riod to help her team pick up the all-im­por­tant gold medal.

“The play­ers were pretty ex­cited to win,” said Drover.

Mem­bers of the team are: Cassie Drover (Up­per Is­land Cove), Jayme Guy (Arnold’s Cove), Sara Smith (Up­per Is­land Cove), Tianna Ryan (Bri­gus), Madi­son Ware­ham (White­way), Nikita Stone (Har­bour Grace), Jor­dan Chaulk (Bon­av­ista), Macken­zie Bal­som (Clarenville), Paige Flem­ing (Clarenville), Do­minique Doucet (Cre­ston South), Tori Walsh (Marys­town), Heather Prosser (Clarenville), Aliya Shep­pard (Spa­niard’s Bay), Lau­ren Pad­dle (Red Bay), Emma Gray (Bon­av­ista), Emily Mul­lett (Clarenville) and Sara Squibb (Clarenville).

The coach­ing staff is Drover, as­sis­tant coach Derek Guy, trainer Betty Guy and direc­tor of op­er­a­tions Edgar Bal­som.

We’ve got a strong de­fence and it’s like I tell the play­ers, ‘De­fence wins hockey games. Michael Drover

The tour­na­ment

The Ice started the tour­na­ment with a 3-1 vic­tory over the Eastern squad. The fol­low­ing morn­ing, Tri Pen blasted the Cen­tral IcePak 8-2.

Later on Day 2, the Ice dom­i­nated the Western team en route to a 7-0 vic­tory.

The next tour­na­ment is to be held in Rocky Har­bour in Novem­ber. Drover ex­pects all of the teams will skate a bit bet­ter by then.

De­fence wins cham­pi­onships

There’s an old adage in sports that says a good de­fence will beat a good of­fence and win cham­pi­onships be­cause of it.

With that in mind, the Ice are fo­cus­ing on keep­ing the puck out of their net first and wor­ry­ing about putting it in their op­po­nent’s sec­ond.

We might take a game off (Tri Com) here and there, but when it comes down to it, it’s the end of the year. Randy Rear­don

“We’ve got a strong de­fence and it’s like I tell the play­ers, ‘De­fence wins hockey games,’” said Drover. “We’ve got to keep the puck out of our own end and scor­ing is go­ing to come.”

Even with that at­ti­tude, the Ice are a bal­anced group. Up front, they have a strong group of skaters who are adept at putting the puck in the net when re­quired. It makes them a dan­ger­ous team in tran­si­tion.

The fe­male AAA pro­grams dif­fer from the boys in that they do not have a full sea­son and in­stead rely on mul­ti­ple tour­na­ments to pre­pare them­selves for provin­cials.

That makes ev­ery win they get an im­por­tant one for team build­ing mov­ing for­ward.

“The gold medal gives the team a lot of con­fi­dence mov­ing for­ward,” said Drover.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Tri Pen pee­wee fe­male Ice fin­ished its first warmup tour­na­ment of the sea­son with a gold medal af­ter de­feat­ing the Eastern Ice Break­ers 3-2 in the fi­nal held Oct. 21-23 at the Con­cep­tion Bay South Sta­dium in Kel­li­grews. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — Tori Walsh, Aliya Shep­pard, Emily Mul­lett, Emma Gray, Lau­ren Pad­dle, Paige Flem­ing and Macken­zie Bal­som; back — as­sis­tant coach Derek Guy,Madi­son Ware­ham,Jor­dan Chaulk, Sarah Smith, Cassie Drover, Jayme Guy, Tianna Ryan, Nikita Stone, trainer Betty Guy, head coach Mike Drover. Miss­ing from photo are Sarah Squibb , Do­minique Doucet, Heather Prosser and direc­tor of op­er­a­tions Edgar Bal­som.

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/TC ME­DIA

Tri Pen pee­wee Ice for­ward Ni­cholas Cros­bie makes a move with the puck against the Cen­tral IcePak at the Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Har­bour Grace Oct. 22.

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