Astros claim hockey ti­tle in Par­adise

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros male hockey team had a lot of suc­cess at a re­cent tour­na­ment in Par­adise. Fac­ing some of the best teams in the prov­ince, play­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Bay Roberts school put in a full ef­fort and came away with a tro­phy at the Beau­mont Hamel Cen­ten­nial Cup.

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate’s male hockey team played a string of suc­cess­ful games, and it paid off, as the team brought home the Cen­ten­nial Cup.

The fi­nals saw the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros share the ice with the Queen El­iz­a­beth Pioneers, where the Astros won with a fi­nal score of 3-2.

Coach Fred Simms says that the games were all very ex­cit­ing, and that the ac­tion-packed fi­nal had ev­ery­one on the edge of their seat.

“Each team had lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Simms. “The goal­tend­ing was strong on both sides. Over­all, very ex­cit­ing games.”

The Astros lead the ma­jor­ity of the game with two-goal lead, un­til the Pioneers came through with a goal with 16 sec­onds left on the clock.

“We re­ally had to hold down at that point, but at the end of the day it all worked out, and we came out on top,” added Simms.

Along­side com­ing out of the round robin 4-0, the Astros were no stranger to suc­cess over the course of the tour­na­ment, beat­ing Water­ford Val­ley High 9-2, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate 6-0, Marys­town 7-0, and Goulds 5-0 in games lead­ing up to the fi­nals.

In the quar­ter­fi­nals, the Astros came out on top over Mount Pearl Se­nior High 5-1, and Holy Heart of Mary High School in the semi-fi­nals, end­ing the game 4-3.

This was the sec­ond year for the 2017 Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment high school hockey tour­na­ment, which hon­ours the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment sol­diers dur­ing the First World War.

The tour­na­ment con­sists of around 350 high school stu­dents. Schools that par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment were from Car­bon­ear, Bay Roberts, Marys­town, Cor­ner Brook, Con­cep­tion Bay South, Mount Pearl, and St. John’s.

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The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros in­clude Ryan Pet­ten, Cameron Simms, Mark Bar­rett, Kyle Pet­ten, Noah Donovan, Kyle Tet­ford, Justin Jone, Michael Hop­kins, Matthew Ak­er­man, Ja­cob Rus­sell, Colin Par­sons, Cameron Chip­man, Michael Daw­son, Lu­cas Rus­sell, Matthew Breaker, Ma­son Oates, Ri­ley Pet­ten, Aaron Os­bourne, and Bryce Hier­lihy. Miss­ing from photo: Wil­liam Sey­mour, and Noah Mercer.

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Astros cap­tain Cameron Simms re­ceiv­ing the tro­phy.

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