Mountaineers in the hunt for midget hockey gold

Dave Kearsey
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Tristan Butt of the Port aux Basques Blaze pursues Nathan Ellsworth of the Gros Morne Mountaineers Monday at the provincial Midget D hockey championship at the Bruce II Sports Centre in Port aux Basques. — Brodie Thomas/Gulf News photo

The hometown Blaze have some regrouping to do if they want to claim a medal.

The host Port aux Basques Blaze slipped to 0-2 on Day 1 of the provincial midget D hockey championship with a 7- 1 loss to Placentia Intertown Monday night at the Bruce II Sports Centre.

Brandon Collins-Brewer paved the way for the winners with a two-goal performance as the chase for gold in Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Steele Hotels midget and peewee crowns got underway across the province Monday.

Justin Leonard also had a two-goal game for the victors, while Tyler Whittle, Justin Edison and Kolton Green added single tallies to the scoresheet.

Nelson King was the lone marksman for the Blaze, who opened the tournament with a 5-2 loss to the Gros Morne Mountaineers Monday afternoon.

Nathan Ellsworth, a member of the Coleman’s Western Kings major midget hockey club, paved the way for the Mountaineers with three goals and an assist.

Luke Parsons, also a member of the Kings, and Mateo Gill also scored for the victors, while Robert Gill picked up two assists in a winning effort.

The Mountaineers improved to 2-0 on Day 1 after posting an 8-3 victory over CB Regional in the final round-robin contest Monday night.

Luke Parsons was an offensive weapon for the Mountaineers with three goals and three helpers in the victory.

Nathan Ellsworth had a two-goal game for the winners, while  Jeff Anderson, Scott Samms and Robert Gill added single markers to the scoring parade.

The following is a look at how things unfolded in other round-robin games on Day 1 of the provincial Midget D hockey championship in the gateway town:


Trinity-Placentia 2, Placentia Intertown 0

Lyndon Thorne scored both goals for the winners, while Tyler Wrice recorded the shutout.


Stephenville 6, CB Regional 1

Michael MacIsaac, Trevor Snow, Evan Rouzes, Ian MacDonald, Nathan Philpott and Ian Kearley provided the Stephenville entry a balanced scoring attack in a 6-1 triumph Monday morning.

Tyler Wall replied for the opposing bench.


Trinity Placentia 5, Stephenville 3

Tyler Clarke  and Lyndon Thorne had two goals apiece for the winners, while  DJ Pollett-Nurse scored the other goal.

Ian MacDonald, Nathan Philpott and Trevor Snow dented the mesh for the Stephenville representatives.

The following is a look at what unfolded at other provincial midget hockey tournaments being staged across the province this week:

Midget A

Mount Pearl, host Avalon Celtics and Gander Flyers posted 2-0 records on opening day of the provincial Midget A hockey championship in St. John’s Monday.

Mount Pearl finished at 2-0 on Day 1 after a 5-1 win over Grand Falls-Windsor and a 9-1 thumping of CB Regional.

Host Avalon Celtics kept pace by shading Bay Arena 3-2 and beating Grand Falls-Windsor, who slipped to 0-2, by a 4-2 count.

The Gander Flyers stayed in the logjam at the top by virtue of a 4-0 win over CB Regional in its opener and a 6-4 decision over Bay Arena later in the day.


Midget B

Deer Lake was perfect on opening day of the provincial midget B hockey championship in Marystown, downing the host team 5-1 before shading Bonavista by a 6-3 count.

The Corner Brook Royals finished with a 1-1 record on Day 1, losing 4-1 to Bonavista in its opener, but bouncing back to get a W in a 6-4 decision over Labrador West.

Nathaniel Duffett had a hat trick to lead the charge over Corner Brook, while the other goal was supplied by Ethan Street.

Robert Hicks scored for Corner Brook.

Matt Colbourne scored three goals and Hicks added a brace as the Corner Brook squad eked out the win over Labrador West.

Scott Delaney scored the other goal for the victors.

Stephen Bell and Zack Baker replied for Labrador West.

Other round-robin games saw Clarenville drop a pair of games, losing 4-1 to Labrador West and falling 4-1 to Marystown.


Midget C

St. Anthony had a decent opening day at the provincial midget C hockey tournament being hosted by Northeast, opening with a 2-2 tie against Lake Melville before keeping its undefeated status going with an 8-4 win over the host Northeast boys.

The Straits appear poised to challenge for gold after two-straight wins on Day 1 — a 5-0 win over St. Pierre and a 7-3 decision over Lake Melville Monday.

The CeeBees finished at 1-1, losing 6-3 to host Northeast and getting into the win column with a 12-3 thumping of St. Pierre.

Midget E

Avalon Celtics look to be a strong contender for the provincial midget E crown after posting two wins on Day 1 at the Lewisporte Stadium.

The Celtics shaded Gander Flyers 5-4 before improving to 2-0 with a 7-1 decision over host Lewisporte.

Other round-robin games Monday saw Lewisporte upend Twin Towns 7-3 and Southern Shore defeat Gander by a 5-1 margin.


Midget F

Host Botwood is poised to battle for gold in front of family and friends after two wins on opening day — a 7-5 decision over Green Bay South and a 4-2 win over Grand Falls-Windsor.

Harbour Breton is in the mix with a 2-0 record as well after upending Grand Falls-Windsor 8-4 and dumping Fogo/Change Islands 6-3 in its second game of the day.


Midget G

Bay Arena looks to be a strong contender for the provincial midget G crown, opening with two convincing wins on Day 1 — 10-0 over Labrador West and 11-2 over Twillingate — as the folks in Twillingate put out the welcome mat for teams from across the province.

The only other game saw Mount Pearl post an 11-2 victory over Labrador West.


Midget H

Springdale finds themselves in the medal mix at the provincial midget H tournament on Bell Island with a 1-1 record after a 7-6 loss to United Towns and a 4-1 win over host Bell Island on opening day.

Gander is flying above the pack with two wins to kickstart them, opening with an 11-4 win over Churchill Falls before extending the undefeated streak with a 9-6 triumph over Northeast.

Other round-robin games Monday saw Bell Island down Northeast 8-4 and United Towns upend Churchill Falls 6-2.


Midget I

CeeBees picked up three points at the provincial Midget I tournament hosted by CB Regional with a 4-3 win over the host team and a 3-3 draw with Marystown.

Other round-robin games on opening day saw Marystown thump Clarenville 8-1 and the host squad upend Sheshatshiu by a 10-4 margin.



Geographic location: Marystown, Bonavista, Corner Brook Labrador West Lake Melville Bell Island Twillingate United Towns Green Bay South Grand Falls-Windsor.Harbour Breton Mount Pearl

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