Western Kings fall at bantam provincials

Published on March 14, 2017

Dave Kearsey/The Western Star

Western Kings AAA Bantam Kings coach Mark Robinson keeps a close eye on the action from behind the bench.

A provincial championship was not in the cards for the Western bantam Kings.

The Kings, who won the provincial league title a couple weeks back, were considered the favourites heading into the five-team tournament held in Conception Bay South last weekend, but failed to make the final on March 12.

Western opened by falling to eventual champions Tri Com Thunder 5-3 March 10. That was it for the Kings on Day 1 of the competition.

The team bounced back on Saturday with a pair of wins. The first came when the Kings doubled Tri Pen 6-3 to start the day, followed by a 3-0 decision over Central.

Facing a win-and-get-in situation the morning of the final tournament day, the Kings dropped a 5-2 decision to St. John’s.

Meanwhile, a pair of Western players were honoured for their outstanding seasons at the annual league award banquet.

First, Mark Hillier was named the league’s most valuable player and top scorer. He posted 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 28 games.

Goaltender Lucas Park took home the league’s top goaltender award. He registered a 9-2 record with three shutouts, while posting a 1.82 goals against average with a .939 save percentage.

Finally, Western bench boss Mark Robinson was named the league’s top coach.


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