Ti­tans prov­ing to be con­tenders

Sackville squad looks to de­fend AA cham­pi­onship ban­ner

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS/COMMUNITY -

The Tantra­mar Ti­tans are prov­ing they aren’t ready to give up on de­fend­ing their cham­pi­onship just yet.

This past week­end, the men’s hockey team trav­elled to Dal­housie to par­take in the Dal­housie AQV In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment.

The first game was on Fri­day af­ter­noon against Roland Pepin of Camp­bell­ton. The Ti­tans came out on top of the ex­cit­ing back-and-forth af­fair by a score of 4-2. Game MVP Oliver Long­pre scored in the first and had an­other into an empty net to lead the charge, while Jessie Estabrooks scored in the sec­ond and Brady Se­nior lobbed one over the goalie’s trap­per into the top cor­ner. Justin Vo­gels had two as­sists and Estabrooks and Seth Smith added sin­gle helpers. Goal­tender Sam Tower was stel­lar in the win.

Later on Fri­day, the Ti­tans locked horns with the Riverview Roy­als. The Ti­tans had no an­swer for the Roy­als’ speed and size and got man­han­dled by a score of 5-1. Long­pre con­tin­ued his snip­ing ways, scor­ing the only marker for the Ti­tans in the dy­ing sec­onds of the game, and Cory Gould played a solid two-way game in earn­ing MVP hon­ours. Noah Boyd was sharp and made key saves through­out, but RHS proved to be too much on this night.

On Satur­day, the Ti­tans found them­selves in a do-or-die against the home­town AQV Cy­clones and came out fly­ing in what was per- haps their most com­plete game of the year in a 6-0 tri­umph. Ja­cob Estabrooks net­ted two goals, in­clud­ing a gor­geous wris­ter from the point 22 sec­onds in. Ri­ley Estabrooks – play­ing part time as a de­fense­man – scored on the power play, while Long­pre scored in his third straight game, com­ing out of the penalty box on a feed from Vo­gels. Eian Cad­man hit the score­sheet be­fore the end of the sec­ond and Vo­gels put it com­pletely out of reach with a tally in the third. Vo­gels set up two more, Smith had one as­sist and Ri­ley Estabrooks, Jax Wells and Jory Par­sons had one helper apiece. Game MVP Tower con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of the North­ern Con­fer­ence with a con­vinc­ing shutout.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Ti­tans ran into ENS from Bathurst in a semi­fi­nal on Sun­day and had no pulse, los­ing 5-0. Noah Boyd earned game MVP hon­ours, mak­ing sev­eral big saves.

The Ti­tans losses were against top tier AAA teams and their wins were against the top AA teams in the North­ern Con­fer­ence. AQV and Roland Pepin are well aware that for any­one to take the cham­pi­onship AA ban­ner from the Ti­tans they had bet­ter be pre­pared for a bat­tle.

Com­ing up for TRHS is an away game in St. Stephen on Satur­day at 4:45 p.m. and a home game at the TMVCC on Sun­day at 5:15 p.m. against St. Malachy’s Saints. As for all reg­u­lar sea­son games, all mi­nor hockey play­ers wear­ing their team sweaters gain free ad­mis­sion.

The Tantra­mar Re­gional High School Ti­tans men’s hockey team is set to host an alumni game on Jan. 19.

Like pre­vi­ous years, the evening will start with the “Leg­ends” game at 6 p.m. fol­lowed by the “Young Guns” at 7:30 p.m. The Ti­tans are hop­ing to have four full squads par­tic­i­pate again this year.

Through­out the evening there will be a silent auc­tion with many great items to bid on. The Ti­tans will also be sell­ing tick­ets on a travel voucher and of course their Chase the Ace 50/50 draw.

If you are a for­mer Ti­tan and are look­ing to re­live your past glory and help sup­port the pro­gram, con­tact Jeff Tower at tow­[email protected] bel­laliant. net, Dar­rin Estabrooks at 506-364-7279 or Tim Hicks at 506-536-7001.

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