Mountaineers in the mix for midget gold in gateway town

Dave Kearsey
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Stephenville Jets’ Trevor Snow skates down the ice with the puck against Placentia Intertown Tuesday at the provincial midget D hockey championship in Port aux Basques.
— Chantelle MacIsaac/Gulf News photo

The battle for gold at the provincial midget B tournament is proving to be quite interesting with three teams tied for top spot heading into championship day.

Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Labrador West have identical 3-1 records with three round-robin games on the slate for today determining the fate of the three teams in the hunt.

Robert Hicks extended his goalscoring streak to four games to lead the Corner Brook Royals to a 4-3 victory over Clarenville Tuesday in Marystown.

Matt Parsons, Ryan Gillam and Scott Delaney joined Hicks as the goalscorers for the Royals, who pushed its record to three wins and one defeat after two days of action at the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Steele Hotels Midget B hockey tournament.

Cass Warren, Marcus Ralph and Nolan Brown provided the goals for the Clarenville entry.

The Royals started Day 2 off with a 5-2 victory over host Marystown,

Ryan Gillam and Matt Parsons had two goals apiece for the Royals, while Robert Hicks had his fourth goal of the tournament.

Joey Pittman and Jay Coady scored for the host side.

The Royals lost its tournament opener, a 4-1 setback at the hands of the Bonavista boys, but won three in a row to quickly put them in the hunt for gold.

Deer Lake played .500 hockey on Tuesday, eking out a 3-0 win over Clarenville before losing 6-4 to Labrador West, who joined the top dogs with a 4-2 win over Bonavista giving them its third win of the tournament.

The Royals will tangle with Deer Lake in its final round-robin game today, while Labrador West will battle host Marystown in its final game of the round-robin. Clarenville wraps up the round-robin portion with a meaningless game against Bonavista.

The following is a look at Tuesday’s action from provincial midget tournaments being staged across the province this week:

 

Midget D

The Gros Morne Mountaineers out of Rocky Harbour will play for gold at the provincial midget D tournament at the Bruce II Sports Centre in Port aux Basques today after picking up a win and a tie Tuesday.

The Mountaineers registered a 5-3 victory over Trinity Placentia Tuesday night at the Bruce II Sports Centre as power forward Luke Parsons paved the way with goals and two assists.

Nathan Ellsworth, Garrett Decker and Matteo Gill also scored for the winners.

The Mountaineers began Day 2 by battling Placentia Intertown to a 3-3 draw as Ellsworth notched a hat trick to lead the charge.

Nicholas Pittman, Justin Leonard and Brandon Collins-Brewer scored for the opposing bench.

The following is a look at how things unfolded on Day 2 of the provincial midget D tournament in Port aux Basques:

 

CB Regional 4, Trinity Placentia 3

Tyler Wall (2), Jeremy Walsh and Cole Yarn scored for the winners in an upset of the tournament contenders.

Tyler Clarke, Dillan Seiben and Mackenzie Granter scored for Trinity Placentia.

 

Stephenville 5, Placentia Intertown 0

Cody White had a four-goal outing to lead the offensive surge for the Stephenville squad, while Ian MacDonald scored in the second period on a goal that would hold up as the game-winning marker.

Jordi Green recorded the shutout.

 

Stephenville 5, Port aux Basques Blaze 1

Cody White (3), Trevor Snow and Nathan Philpott supplied the marksmanship for Stephenville.

Andrew Clarke scored for the Blaze.

 

Midget C

The Straits earned a berth in today’s final at the provincial midget C hockey championship being hosted by Northeast by improving to 4-0 with two wins on Tuesday.

The tournament leaders downed the CeeBees 8-5 and shaded host Northeast 3-2 to put them in medal contention.

St. Anthony stayed in the medal hunt Tuesday with a 7-5 loss to St. Pierre and a 5-3 win over the CeeBees pushing its record to 2-1-1 heading into its final round-robin matchup.

In other games, it was: Northeast 5, Lake Melville 1 and St. Pierre 4, Lake Melville 3.

 

Midget E

Avalon improved to 3-0 and a berth in the final, defeating Twin Towns 3-2 in its only round-robin contest Tuesday at the provincial midget E tournament in Lewisporte.

Southern Shore played .500 hockey on Day 2, losing 9-6 to host Lewisporte, who lost 6-2 to Gander later in the day, before bouncing back with a solid effort in a 9-2 decision over Twin Towns.

 

Midget F

Botwood split its two round-robin games Tuesday at the provincial midget F event, downing Fogo/Change Islands 7-4 to start the day before falling 9-5 to Harbour Breton.

In other action, it was: Green Bay South 9, Grand Falls-Windsor 4 and Fogo/Change Islands 4, Green Bay South 3.

 

Midget G

Mount Pearl split its two games on Day 2 at the provincial midget G event in Twillingate — upending the host team 7-2 before falling 5-3 to Bay Arena.

The only other round-robin game Tuesday saw Labrador West skate to a 6-6 draw with the host squad from Twillingate.

 

Midget H

Springdale improved to 3-1 and looks poised to play for gold at the provincial midget H tournament with two wins on Tuesday — 7-3 over Northeast and 6-3 over Churchill Falls.

Bell Island picked up two wins on Day 2, upending Churchill Falls by an 8-4 margin before a 5-4 win over the Gander Flyers.

United Towns played .500 hockey on the second day, losing 7-6 to the Gander Flyers before regrouping for a 3-2 win over Northeast.

 

Midget I

Marystown won a brace of games on Day 2 of the provincial Midget I tournament — downing Sheshatshiu 9-5 and edging CB Regional 3-1 — to earn a shot a medal.

Clarenville didn’t have a great day at all, falling out of medal contention with a 4-2 loss to the CeeBees and an 11-1 loss to Sheshatshiu.

 

 

Organizations: Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Steele Hotels Midget B, Bruce II Sports Centre, Change Islands 4

Geographic location: Clarenville, Labrador West, Deer Lake Marystown Corner Brook Bonavista Port aux Basques Rocky Harbour Lake Melville Twillingate St. Anthony Bay Arena.The

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