NLMMHL: Weekend wrap-up
(With files from The Telegram)
The St. John’s Maple Leafs posted a perfect 4-0 record at the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League’s fourth weekend tournament staged at the Lewisporte Stadium.
The Leafs registered a 6-4 win over the St. John’s Privateers, a 6-3 decision over the Western Kings, a 5-2 victory over the Tri-Pen Osprey and 2-1 triumph over the homestanding Central IcePak in the three-day event which started Friday.
Each of the league’s five teams host one weekend tournament, which is held in conjunction with regular season league play. The next tournament is scheduled for Jan. 16-18 at the Pepsi Centre and the Kinsmen Arena, home ice venues for the Kings in Corner Brook.
The IcePak, the reigning midget league champs, were 3-1 while the remaining four teams — Privateers, Kings and Osprey — were 1-3.
Following were weekend results:
Leafs 6, Privateers 4
Andrew Barron led the Maple Leafs with three goals in a battle of the two St. John’s major midget teams. Barron had six goals in the tournament.
Dylan McKenzie scored twice and Daniel Rice rounded out the scoring. Tyler Hennessey and Grant Thompson had three assists each for the winners. Max French enjoyed a three-goal game for the Privateers while Joel Bishop had the other. Bishop also had three helpers.
Mackenzie Janes gets the win for the Leafs, while Chris Kirkham, who was pulled after the second in favor of Chris Smith, took the loss.
IcePak 5, Kings 1
Nick Fitzgerald and Jared Lush both had a goal and an assist for Central, while Kyle Champion, Riley Gill and Ryan Ricketts also scored. Mateo Short scored the lone Western goal.
Noah Weir picked up the win and Ian Woolfrey took the loss.
Leafs 6, Kings 3
Barron was tops for St. John’s with two goals and an assist. Danny Rice and Dylan Guy both had a goal and two helpers, while Grant Thompson picked up two assists. Matthew Smith and Kyle McGrath has the other Leaf goals.
Ryan Gillam had two goals in a losing cause, and Jalen Gillard picked up two assists. Short had the other marker.
Zach Gauvreau gets the win, and Woolfrey took the loss.
Kings 3, Privateers 0
Luke House posted the shutout for Western while Iain Pilgrim, Jon Guy and Short provided the offense for the Kings. Smith took the loss for the Privateers.
Leafs 5, Osprey 2
Drew Stonehouse and Kyle McGrath each had a goal and an assist, while Thompson and Evan White both collected two assists for the Maple Leafs. Barron, McKenzie and Liam Kennedy had the other Leaf goals. Conal McNamara and Matthew Fisher scored for Tri-Pen.
Janes gets the win and Riley Akerman suffered the loss.
IcePak 3, Osprey 2
Lush had a goal and two assists, Fitzgerald collected three helpers and Shayne Dominie scored a goal and assisted on another for the IcePak. Scottie Greene rounded out the scoring for Central. McNamara and Cameron Simms replied for the Osprey.
Curtis Barrett picks up the win, while Brent Hatfield was saddled with the loss.
Privateers 5, Osprey 3
French had a big game with three goals and an assist, while Colin Chafe scored once and assisted on two others. Joel Bishop had three helpers and Brad Connors topped off the scoring with a late empty net goal.
For the Osprey, Ryan Dawson had a goal and an assist. McNamara and Nathaniel Duffett had the other goals.
Kirkham gets the win, and Akerman takes the loss.
Leafs 2, IcePak 1
Guy had both goals for the winners and Hunter Budgell replied in a losing cause.
Gauvreau gets the win and Barrett suffers the loss.
Osprey 4, Kings 2
Simms netted a goal and assisted on another, and Conal McNamara collected two assists for the winners, while Duffett, Christian Dawe and Lyndon Thorne rounded out the scoring. Ryan Roche and James Rossiter scored for the Kings.
Hatfield gets the win and House takes the loss.
IcePak 3, Privateers 1
Fitzgerald scored twice and Budgell added a single for the winners. Bishop had the lone Privateers goal.
Weir gets the win and Smith takes the loss.
We’d also like to take this time to remember 17-year old Brandon Harris of Sibley’s Cove. Brandon lost his life in a fatal car crash near his hometown on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Harris played his minor hockey with the CBN Minor Hockey Associations Tri-Pen Ice at both the AAA Peewee and Bantam levels. Scott Akerman and Paul Sheppard of the Tri-Pen Osprey, coached him at both of these levels. Although he is not a member of the NLMMHL, Brandon was a friend and past teammate of many of the current Osprey players. Many of the players on NLMMHL teams would have played against him and some may have played with him in a private hockey setting.
Harris was a Level 3 student at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican, and would have turned 18 in February.
Sources say the teen was on his way to pick up his girlfriend on the north shore of Conception Bay, and they planned to travel to Port de Grave to view the Christmas light display on the fishing fleet.
The teen was known throughout the area, and his death has cast a dark cloud over the region in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday.
In tribute to Brandon, the Osprey held a moment of silence prior to their game against the Western Kings on Friday, Dec. 19.
RIP Brandon Harris