Successful weekend for U16 and U18 Varsity Hockey at PSHF Burlington Showcase November 4-5, 2016
The Varsity U16 and U18 teams travelled to Burlington, Ontario this past weekend for another PSHF Showcase tournament. Both teams were able to ride the momentum from the previous ECEL Showcase en route to a combined 6-1-1 record for the weekend.
“The Burlington PSHF Showcase was the most successful weekend overall for the U16 and U18 Varsity Programs collectively since we started last year, it is truly a great sign of growth and confidence in this program and for our school” – Paddy Flynn, Director of Varsity Hockey Programs.
The first game of the weekend saw the U16 team enjoy a dominant performance over Trenton Academy, out of Michigan. The boys controlled the play from start to finish, scoring 2 goals in each period, for a 6-0 final. Goal scorers were: Kaleb Boudreau, Noah Locke, Jarrett Wood, Cameron Gale, Christophe Piche, and Noah Adams. Oliver Troop stopped every shot in his direction for the shutout win. Shortly after the end of that contest, the U18 team had an exciting come-from-behind win over Saint Francis Xavier, from Waterloo. After a scoreless first period, the boys found themselves down 2-0 halfway through the second frame. Mathieu Blanchard and Chase Ellis, however, were able to even up the contest. Saint F.X added a late second period marker to go up 3-2 after the period. The team came out with new life in the 3rd as Cam Patton quickly evened the score. Finally, with under a minute to play, Chase Ellis scored on a beautiful individual effort to complete the comeback for a 4-3 final, backstopped by a solid effort from goaltender Avery Heath, who made some key saves to keep the team in the game and allowed them to get the win.
The second game of the day for the U16 squad saw them up against tough opponent, and tournament host, Blythe Academy South. Blythe came out strong early and were quickly up 2-0, until team captain, Kaleb Boudreau, got the team within a goal after the first. After a back and forth second period, Blythe was once again able to find the twine and go up 3-1. However, the resilient U16’s got back to within a goal with a marker from Matthew Byron late in the frame. The teams battled even harder in the third period, as David Hibbs and Sam Henderson both found the back of the net to counter Blythe’s lone goal, and the game needed overtime. Despite having a few good chances, Newbridge lost on a great shot from a Blythe player, making the final a 5-4 OT loss. Despite the loss, goaltender Alexandre Levesque was solid between the pipes for Newbridge. On the opposite ice surface, the U18 team came out flying against Blythe Central. Despite giving up an early goal, the team dominated the play and were finally rewarded with a goal from Alberto Pison late in the period. The second period saw the Newbridge players take some undisciplined penalties which led to a go ahead goal from Blythe. Thanks to some great saves from Thomson Phinney, and some courageous shot blocking efforts, the team only trailed by a goal heading to the third. The gang got back to playing their game in the period, once again carrying the play. The hard work paid off, as two late goals from Hughie Mchugh and Sean Tobin propelled the team to their second come-from-behind win of the day.
“I am really excited to have the chance to compete in one of the biggest and most scouted tournament in Canada. Since I became the head coach of the U16 I knew that being part of a tournament like this one would be a great experience for my young team.” – Olivier Filion, U16 Head Coach
After a good meal and a night of rest, the two teams were back at it again early Saturday morning. The first match of the day saw the U16’s up against Northville Prep, another team out of Michigan. The boys came out hard and fast yet again, and quickly found themselves up 2-0 after the first on two goals from defenceman Logan Gillis. The second period saw the team explode for four more goals, coming off the sticks of Brandon Huskilson (two), David Gabriel-Cote, and Sam Henderson, while Christophe Piche chipped in four assists. That was all that they would need, as they rolled to a 6-0 victory in front of Duncan Nichols-Delay, who stopped all of his shots, including some great saves down the stretch. The U18 team found themselves without team captain Matt Duggan, who injured his foot in one of the aforementioned shot blocks vs Blythe. The team really struggled to find their rhythm throughout the entire game, and dug themselves a hole that they could not get out of. Despite goals from Jackson Thomas and Cam Patton, and some amazing play from goaltender Avery Heath, the final result was a 3-2 loss.
The final game on the schedule for the U16 team was against Blythe Central. The team came out hard again and played a good period. However, they could not capitalize on their chances and found themselves down 1-0 after the first. The second period saw the majority of the play in Blythe territory. First, Noah Locke and then Noah Adams were able to notch goals to give the boys a lead heading to the final frame of the weekend. The team continued their great play in the third period and went up 3-1 on a goal by David Hibbs. Finally, Noah Adams was able to secure his second of the game halfway through the period as he blasted another one past the Blythe goaltender. Oliver Troop was again stellar between the pipes, making key saves at key moments and handling the puck extremely well. The final game of the tournament for the U18 team was against a strong opponent, Everest Academy. The gang rebounded well from the earlier loss and had a very intense first period, which wound up scoreless. Midway through the second period, Jackson Thomas was finally able to break the deadlock, and the score was 1-0 after two periods. With an early third period power play, Cam Patton was able to bang home an Olivier Gauthier rebound just 16 seconds into the frame. From there on out, it was the Thomson Phinney show, as he made a few highlight reel saves, including a 2 on 0, and finished with the 2-0 shutout victory.
After the weekend, both teams find themselves close to the top of the PSHF standings; the U16’s have a record of 4-1-1-1 while the U18’s have a record of 6-2-0-0. Overall for the season, the U16’s are 7-6-1-1 and the U18’s are 11-4-1-0. Both teams will now have less than two weeks to prepare for the 36th annual Monctonian tournament in Moncton, NB. The Newbridge teams will be competing against the top Major Midget teams from Atlantic Canada and beyond. Both coaches are excited to be a part of the prestigious tournament.
“I’ve had the opportunity to be the part of the Monctonian both as a player and as a coach, and it is unquestionably one of the best-run and heaviest-scouted tournaments in the Country. I know we have a lot of good hockey players in our U16 and U18 programs, and I’m excited for them to have a chance to showcase their talents and abilities.” – Matt Anthony, U18 Head Coach