Red Wings in the hunt for atom I division gold in Rocky Harbour

Dave Kearsey
Published on April 25, 2014
Members of the Stephenville Jets battle against Port aux Basques in a round-robin game Thursday at the provincial atom I hockey tournament being hosted by the Deer Lake Minor Hockey Association at the Gros Morne Arena in Rocky Harbour.
— Photo courtesy of Patty Regular

Host Deer Lake Red Wings and Port aux Basques lead the pack after Day 1 at the provincial atom I hockey tournament at Gros Morne Arena in Rocky Harbour.

The host team opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory over Labrador West before battling Port aux Basques to a 5-5 stalemate in the final game of the day.

Port aux Basques, in the tournament opener Thursday morning, had a great start with an 8-3 victory over the Stephenville Jets, who slipped to 0-2 with a 2-0 shutout loss to the Marystown Mariners later in the day.

Nathan Young had a four-goal performance to lead the charge for the Red Wings in the dumping of Labrador West.

Cody Kendall, Isaiah Giles, Brady Smith, Gavin Caines and Ethan Hoffe also scored for the host team.

Hoffe and Young banged home two goals apiece to help the Red Wings salvage a tie with Port aux Basques, while Kendall scored the other goal.

Denzil LeRiche and Tyler Dingwell had two goals apiece for the gateway town representatives, while the other goal came off the stick of Markus Horwood.

LeRiche scored two goals to pave the way for Port aux Basques over Stephenville in the tournament opener Thursday morning at the Gros Morne Arena.

Cole Keeping, William Dominie, Tyler Dingwell, Markus Horwood, Julissa Hodder and William Street also scored for Port aux Basques.

Nicholas Shea, Katie White and James Caul replied for the Jets.

Ryan Pike and Patrick Loder scored the goals for the Mariners in the 2-0 blanking of the Jets.

The following is a look at how things unfolded at other Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Steele Hotels atom tournaments held across the province this week:

Atom A

Host Mount Pearl got off to a great start at the provincial A event with two wins — 8-2 over Northeast and 4-2 over St. John’s.

Bay Arena picked up a point for a 3-3 tie with St. John’s, but fell 13-3 in a showdown against CB Regional later Thursday evening at the Glacier.

Other round-robin matchups on Day 1 saw CB Regional and Avalon battle to a 3-3 tie and Northeast edged St. John’s 4-2.

Atom D

The host CeeBees won two games without allowing a goal to get off to an impressive start on home ice at the provincial atom D tournament.

A 9-0 win over Marystown in its tournament opener and a 3-0 shutout win over CB Regional put the host team in good position heading into Day 2.

Trinity Placentia is in the medal hunt after opening day with three points by virtue of a 5-2 win over Clarenville and a 1-1 draw with CB Regional.

The only other round-robin contest saw Avalon post a 6-2 victory over Marystown.

Atom E

Stephenville had a great start at the provincial atom E tournament, picking up three points as a result of a 7-4 win over Lake Melville and a 4-4 tie against Grand Falls-Windsor.

Port aux Basques won its two games Thursday, opening the tournament with a 6-1 win over Lake Melville and a 9-2 triumph over Bay Arena.

Gander went undefeated on Day 1 with a 5-1 win over Bay Arena, who fell to 0-2, and a 3-0 win over Grand Falls-Windsor.

Atom F

Corner Brook had a perfect day at the provincial atom F tournament in Bonavista thanks to a 4-3 win over St. John’s and a 14-2 drubbing of Clarenville.

The Straits had to settle for .500 hockey on opening day after beating Clarenville 4-3 and losing 13-4 to host Bonavista.

Bishop’s Falls also played .500 hockey, opening the tournament with an 8-1 victory over host Bonavista before being edged 3-2 by St. John’s.

Atom G

Host Baie Verte is leading the pack with two wins on opening day — 10-0 over Lewisporte and 9-5 over Mount Pearl.

CB Regional slipped to 0-2 on Day 1 after a 9-3 loss to Mount Pearl was followed by a 5-3 loss to Northeast.

Atom Mega

Corner Brook had a 1-1 record on the opening day of the provincial atom mega tournament being staged in St. John’s with a 4-1 Glovertown in its first game and a 3-0 loss to Beothic in the second contest.

St. Anthony was perfect on opening day with an 8-0 win over Grand Falls-Windsor and a 5-3 victory over Avalon Celtics.

La Scie/Green Bay South went undefeated on Day 1 with an 8-0 win over Southern Shore and a 2-2 draw against Avalon Celtics.

Goulds had two wins on Thursday, downing the CeeBees 7-0 before ending the day with a 4-2 triumph over Labrador West.

Northeast had a pretty good start to the tournament with three points coming from a 10-0 win over Botwood and a 5-5 stalemate in a showdown against Glovertown.

Gander had a 1-1 record by virtue of a 3-2 victory over Trinity Placentia in its opening matchup and a 6-1 loss to the CeeBees to finish up the day.

Harbour Breton/Bay D’Espoir played .500 hockey with a 9-4 loss to CB Regional and a 7-4 win over Mount Pearl on Thursday.

St. John’s picked up three points going undefeated on Day 1 with a 2-2 tie against Beothic and a convincing 10-0 win over Botwood.

In other games, it was: Mount Pearl 10, Fogo/Change Islands 2; CB Regional 4, Fogo/Change Islands 3; Southern Shore 3, Labrador West 1 and Trinity Placentia 4, Grand Falls-Windsor 2.

Results from tournaments not listed were not available at press time.