Corner Brook Regional High Titans Gold player Danny Curtis, left, pursues St. James Regional High Saints’ Nicholas Warren in high school hockey action at the Kinsmen Arena II Monday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK It’ll go down in the record books as a loss, but the debut of the Corner Brook Regional High Titans Gold squad still felt like a triumph to coach Don Gallant.
“All I hoped for is that we’d be competitive and we were,” Gallant said following his team’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of the St. James Regional High Saints in West Coast High School Hockey League action at the Kinsmen Arena II on Monday night.
Tristan Montsen, Justin Osmond and Nick Battiste did the damage for the victors from Port aux Basques.
Neal Rideout provided the lone goal for the Titans Gold.
The club is the second of two teams from Corner Brook Regional High, with a roster consisting of players that didn’t make the cut for the first group, known as the Titans Black.
There may have been some concern such a squad would have a tough time in the competitive five-team setup, but apparently there was ample talent in the city high school to make this two-team venture work.
“We’re a good little team,” said Gallant. “They’re quick, they skate well and move the puck pretty quick.
“There are a couple of kids that probably aren’t used to playing hockey as competitive as this, but we will round into shape as the year goes on,” he added. “The main thing is to play some good games and have some fun.”
This game was right there for the Titans Gold to grab, with the score tied 1-1 in the third period, but two quick goals from the Saints put an end to any hopes of a storybook ending to the inaugural game for the Titans Gold.
“To be honest, we outplayed the other team, we just couldn’t put the puck in the net,” Gallant said. “They got a couple of lucky breaks that led to goals.”
An obvious concern is whether the lack of offensive punch was merely a one-game thing, or if it will plague the team all season. Gallant wasn’t ready to make any grand declarations after one contest.
“I can’t comment on the year, I can only comment on one game,” he said. “For the first two periods we outplayed them and couldn’t score.
“Credit to them,” he added. “They played well and their goalie (Robert Dalrymple) played really well.”