Dorset Collegiate qualifies for provincial 3A ball hockey championship

Published on April 28, 2016

The Dorset Collegiate Huskies won the regional 3A ball hockey tournament. The team included, front, from left: Jadon Elliott, Donovan Fudge, Harley Elliott, back, teachr sponsor Alex Hutchings, Jesse Short, Taylor Heath, Logan Roberts, Ashton Thomas, Kaleb Roberts, Brandon Roberts, Benjamin Tizzard, Jeremy Vincent, Jake Vincent and coach Jeff Tizzard.

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The Dorset Collegiate Huskies Boys 3A ball hockey team competed in the SSNL Central West Boys 3A ball hockey provincial qualifier in Baie Verte on April 16. Competing teams included Indian River High (Springdale), Pasadena Academy (Pasadena), and the host team Copper Ridge Academy (Baie Verte).

The Huskies started the tournament with a game against Pasadena Academy. They started the game strong scoring their first two goals of the tournament within the first minute and a half of play. They kept this momentum going, though mid-game penalties gave Pasadena several 3-on-2 opportunities, which they took full advantage and reduced the Huskies’ lead. The Huskies ended the game with 10-5 win.

Next the boys played Copper Ridge Academy. During the first period Copper Ridge dominated play, scoring four goals and limiting the Huskies to only one. Despite their first period setbacks, the boys started the second period with renewed vigour, allowing only two additional goals but scoring a whopping nine goals against Copper Ridge. They boys ended with a 10-6 win.

The boys carried their momentum into the second of their back to back games, this time against Indian River High. The Huskies played hard and they played smart, and their efforts paid off as they finished the game with a score of 9-2 with 10 minutes of game time remaining. Obtaining their third win of the tournament and guaranteeing a place in the championship game.

During the championship game, the boys showed great skill, fantastic teamwork and exceptional defence against Copper Ridge. They played well and kept their opponent locked down for the entire game, including but not limited to two hard-fought penalty kills. Their hard work and dedication yielded them a 6-0 victory over Copper Ridge, earning a gold medal, bringing home a provincial qualifier banner. This game also marked goalie Donovan Fudge’s first ever shutout since taking over the position of the Huskies starting goalie.

The boys are anticipating their opportunity to play at the provincial tournament in Flowers Cove in May.

Coach Jeffrey Tizzard stepped in for Chad Legge as the Huskies coach for this tournament. His efforts helped to lead the Huskies to their victory during this tournament.