Ti­tan men fall short in St. Stephen tour­ney

Sackville crew will de­fend AA ti­tle this spring

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The Tantra­mar Ti­tans may be the small­est boys team in high school hockey this year, but they are show­ing a feisti­ness and are start­ing to find their stride.

This past week the Ti­tans played six games – one reg­u­lar sea­son con­test and five at the an­nual St. Stephen tour­na­ment.

Last Mon­day, the Ti­tans dropped a 4-2 de­ci­sion to the Rothe­say Redhawks. Big and fast with a mean streak, the Redhawks con­trolled much of the play, how­ever, the Ti­tan de­fence held their own, keep­ing secondary chances to a min­i­mum and be­ing quick mov­ing the puck up to wingers.

Ja­cob Estabrooks and Justin Vo­gels sup­plied the scor­ing with as­sists awarded to Brady Se­nior and Jessie Estabrooks. Sam Tower was tagged with the loss be­tween the pipes but was solid, fac­ing 50-plus shots.

On Fri­day, the bus was loaded up again for the an­nual Novem­ber trek to St. Stephen.

In their open­ing game, the Ti­tans came out flat and lost 2-1 to South­ern Vic. Seth Smith, scored the lone Tantra­mar goal, as­sisted by Jessie Estabrooks. Noah Boyd was rock solid and picked up player of the game hon­ours.

On Satur­day, the Ti­tans over­came a 2-0 deficit and earned a 3-2 win over the Saint John Grey­hounds. Smith opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod and player of the game Ri­ley Estabrooks scored the ty­ing goal and game win­ner. As­sists went to Vo­gels, Se­nior, Oliver Long­pre and Ja­cob Estabrooks. Tower picked up the win in goal.

Ecole St. Anne was on the menu for Game 3 and the Ti­tans con­tin­ued their strong play and top­pled the Cas­tors 4-2. Vo­gels con­tin­ued to hit the score­sheet with two goals and an as­sist, Ja­cob Estabrooks scored once and added a helper and Ri­ley Estabrooks net­ted a sin­gle marker. Smith and Connor Cad­man also had as­sists. Vo­gels was awarded player of the game, and Boyd looked great in get­ting the win.

In their fi­nal round- robin game, the Ti­tans edged St. Stephen in front of a large crowd in what was the most en­ter­tain­ing game of the tour­na­ment. Both teams gen­er­ated many scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and threw big hits through­out the con­test.

The game was tied 1-1 af­ter the first pe­riod. The Ti­tans went ahead 3-1 af­ter two and hung on for vic­tory. Vo­gels notched a pair and Ri­ley Estabrooks sniped the win­ner. Ja­cob Estabrooks set up two goals and Smith also had an as­sist.

The win gave the Ti­tans a berth in the fi­nal for the fourth straight year. On the other half of the ice for the warmup was the very fa­mil­iar two-tone blue and white jer­seys of the Carl­ton North Stars. For the past three years these teams have been the cream of the crop in the pro­vin­cial AA stand­ings. It was also the sec­ond time in three years they met in the fi­nal in St. Stephen, and most re­cently, CNHS was the op­po­nent in last year’s pro­vin­cial fi­nal that the Ti­tans cap­tured.

CNHS played a de­fen­sively struc­tured game and kept the Ti­tans at bay through­out, lim­it­ing chances and cre­at­ing their own op­por­tu­ni­ties with a quick tran­si­tion. The teams were score­less af­ter one pe­riod, be­fore the North Stars broke through in the sec­ond with a con­tro­ver­sial goal that Tower ap­peared to have stopped with his glove.

CNHS added a sec­ond goal with less than two min­utes left in the game and sealed it with an empty net­ter for a 3-0 fi­nal.

It was a great week­end for the Ti­tans, who gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in their quest to de­fend their AA ti­tle in the spring.

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