Astros claim hockey title in Paradise
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.
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.
Astros captain Cameron Simms receiving the trophy.