Megabowl Tournament Wrap up
This past weekend saw the U16 and U18 varsity teams travel to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to play in the Megabowl Tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Boston Bandits and featured teams from both Canada and the US.
Both teams had a weekend off after hosting a very successful inaugural PSHF Halifax Showcase at the East Hants Sportsplex. After a week of practice, the teams left on Thursday morning for their last trip to America on the season. After arriving Thursday evening, the teams had a chance to have great meal at the Olive Garden before bed. Game #1 was not until 2:30 on Friday, so the teams were able to get a few good hours of study hall completed before heading off to the rink.
The first game of the tournament saw the U18s up against the host Boston Bandits. After falling behind 1-0 early, the team rallied by scoring two power play goals from Ashton Paul and Olivier Gauthier and skated to a 2-1 victory. Thomson Phinney was stellar between the pipes all game. The U16 team opened up against familiar ECEL foe Team Maryland. The boys played a solid game, being led by goaltender Oliver Troop and goal scorers Justin Nearing, Will Neault, and David Gabriel-Cote to come away with a 3-1 victory. After the games, the boys travelled to the Tsonga Centre in Lowell to take in a Boston College vs UMass-Lowell NCAA game; it was a great game and a great experience for all.
The second day of the tournament saw each team play two games each. The U16s first game ended in a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bandits. Alex Levesque was solid in the cage and Matthew Byron and Kurtis Lang both fund the back of the net. In their second game, and needing to win by 2 goals to advance directly to the championship game, the boys played very well in defeating rival Bishops College School 3-1. Goal scorers were Kurtis Lang, Christopher Piche, and David Hibbs. Once again, Troop was great when called upon in the net. The first game of the day for the U18s saw them up against the South Shore Kings from the USPHL. The team got off to a quick start and never looked back, winning the game 5-2. Goals were scored by Gauthier (2), Mathieu Blanchard (2), and John Farrell, while Avery Heath played solid, especially down the stretch, to record the win. In their second game, looking to wrap up first place in the round robin, the offence continued to roll in a 6-3 victory over Team Maryland. Pacing the attack were: Alexandre Provost-Ross (2), Cam Patton, Christophe Bohemier, Paul, and Gauthier, while Phinney picked up his second win in as many games.
As previously mentioned, with the first place finish, the U16s advanced directly to the final, while the U18s got a rematch with Maryland. Goaltender Avery Heath helped keep the team in the game early and bought the offence time to get going. The game would eventually end up in a 5-2 victory. Goal scorers were: Matt Duggan, Alberto Pison, Blanchard, Patton, and Bohemier.
In the U16 final, the team had a tough, back and forth match with the host Boston Bandits. David Hibbs was able to get the team on the board late in the first period, and Noah Adams banged home the winner partway through the final period. Alexandre Levesque was stellar between the pipes, including making a fantastic save in the final seconds to secure the victory. The U18 final was also a Newbridge-Bandits matchup. The team fell behind early and trailed 2-0 heading into the final frame. Mathieu Blanchard got the team on the board, and the boys did not look back. Blanchard added another goal, along with Hughie Mchugh and Ashton Paul (game winner), while Thomson Phinney was solid late to record a 4-3 victory.
It was a very encouraging weekend for both programs, as the both came away as champions, with a combined record of 8-0-1. They look to continue their winning ways this weekend as they travel to Rockland, Ontario to compete in the PSHF Championship.