Bennett, Anderson leading charge for bantam Red Wings on home ice

Dave Kearsey
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The hometown Red Wings mean business.

The Deer Lake Red Wings picked up a win and a tie on the opening day of the provincial bantam C hockey championship at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

Josh Oake, Jacob Bennett and Jonathon Anderson all had two-goal games as the Red Wings defeated the Corner Brook Royals 7-5 Thursday night in the final game of round-robin play in Deer Lake.

Cameron Lafitte scored the other goal for the hometown boys.

Liam Smith notched a hat trick for the Royals, who went 1-1 on Day 1, while single markers were added to the scoring parade by Ryan Roche and Andrew Bruce.

The hometown Red Wings opened the tournament with an exciting 1-1 tie against the Stephenville Jets in a goaltending duel between Deer Lake’s Nick Campbell and Jordi Green at the other end of the rink.

Both goalies earned player-of-the-game honours for their respective teams in what will probably be one of the lowest-scoring games of the tournament.

The game was scoreless until Tristan Dower-Nichols scored from Jacob Bennett and Jonathon Anderson with just over three minutes left in regulation time. Stephenville salvaged a point when George Young scored from Ethan Retieffe and Adam Canning with just 50 seconds left on the clock.

The following is a look at other round-robin games played on the first day of the provincial bantam C hockey championship in Deer Lake:

Clarenville 5, CB Regional 2

Matthew Brown and Liam Leonard scored two goals apiece for the Clarenville boys, while the other goal was supplied by Noah Slade.

Evan Bursey and Stefan Abbott replied for the opposing bench.

Corner Brook Royals 7, Northeast 2

Brayden Ryan and Matthew Bonnell had two-goal outings to lead the charge for the Corner Brook Royals.

Andrew Burden, Andrew Antle and Andrew Bruce also scored for the winners at the Hodder.

Noah Kavanagh and Brady Holwell scored for Northeast.

Clarenville 9, Northeast 6

Chandler Warren, Liam Leonard and Bradley Wicks scored two goals apiece to lead the offensive surge for the herd in its second win in as many tries.

Noah Kavanagh and Michael Saunders had two goals apiece for Northeast, while single markers were added to the scoresheet by Antonio Shano and Dylan Crichton.

CB Regional 7, Stephenville Jets 2

Jessica Davis and Jacob Gill had hat tricks for the CB Regional squad, while Ryan Tobin chipped in with a goal and an assist.

George Young and Dawson Drake had a goal and assist each for the Jets.

The following is a look at other Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Steele Hotels bantam tournaments being staged across the province this week:

Bantam A

Bay Arena split its two games on opening day of the provincial bantam a tournament in Bay Roberts — losing 4-2 to Universal Corporate Wear Lightning and downing the Hickman Motors Icemen 7-4 in its second game.

Other round-robin games saw the Icemen edge the Compusult Wildcats 5-2 and Mark’s Dakota Wild downing the Wildcats by a 7-1 margin.

Bantam B

Grand Falls-Windsor picked up a pair of wins to open this tournament hosted by CB Regional, 4-2 against Gander and 6-4 over Marks Dakota Wilds.

In other action, it was: Compusult Wildcats 3, Universal Corporate Wear Lightning 3; Hickman Motors Icemen 2, Marks Dakota Wilds 2; Gander 6, Compusult Wildcats 1; and Universal Corporate Wear Lightning 7, Hickman Motors Icemen 3.

Bantam D

Labrador West earned a win and a loss in their openings games in Marystown. They defeated Goulds 6-5, but dropped a 3-2 decision to Trinity Placentia.

Other scores on Thursday were: CeeBees 4, Goulds 2; Marystown 6, Bonavista 2; Trinity Placentia 7, Bonavista 3; and CeeBees 7, Marystown 5.

Bantam E

In Placentia, the host team were winners and losers on opening day, first dropping a 4-2 decision to Straits, but rebounding with a 7-1 victory over St. Pierre.

In other games, it was: Bay Arena 5, Mount Pearl 5; St. John’s 6, St. Pierre 3; St. John’s 5, Bay Arena 5; and Straits 5, Mount Pearl 2.

Bantam F

Springdale had an up and down day in Green Bay South, defeating the host club 9-4, but losing 5-3 to Mount Pearl.

St. John’s blanked Mount Pearl 4-0 in the only other game.

Bantam G

The host Harbour Breton squad notched two victories on Day 1, securing a 4-1 win over Northeast, before edging Twillingate 8-7.

Other scores were: Fogo/Bay D’Espoir 7, Twillingate 3; and Fogo/Bay D’Espoir 7, CB Regional 1.

Bantam H

Glovertown provided plenty of offence for the hometown fans, pounding Gander 10-0, before downing Avalon 9-4.

In other action, it was: United Towns 5, Avalon 1; and Straits 9, Gander 1.

Bantam I

CeeBees won two games on opening day of the provincial bantam I tourney, shading CB Regional 5-1 and upending host Trinity Placentia by a 9-0 count.

The only other round-robin contest on Day 1 saw Goulds eke out a 3-2 decision over CB Regional.

Organizations: Red Wings

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Clarenville Bay Roberts Falls Marystown Green Bay South Placentia

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