Starting Nov. 15 and ending Nov. 18 at the Hants Exhibition Arena in Windsor, fans supporting the 21st Annual Birthplace of Hockey Tournament saw everything from penalty shots and pucks being shot hard and bouncing off the masks of goaltenders to some great plays with crisp passing and end to end rushes.
When it was all over and done, the Riverview Royals from Moncton, New Brunswick emerged as the champion of the tournament, defeating Bishop's College from Sherbrooke, Quebec 4-3. It was a game that saw Riverview rally from a 3-0 deficit.
The two teams played a five-minute sudden death overtime with the score tied 3-3. They went to a three-player shoot-out, with each team scoring once before moving to a sudden-death shoot-out with the Royals scoring on their second attempt after BCS failed both times.
Two local teams were involved with the tournament — King’s-Edgehill School and the Avon View Avalanche. Both played four games, including one game against each other.
KES bests AVHS 3-2 in OT
King’s-Edgehill and Avon View faced off Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. before a large audience, estimated to be in the range of 400-500 people.
KES took a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game. With the exception of the opening few minutes, Avon View dominated the first period.
Trevor House had the first great scoring chance for AVHS as he let a shot rip off the KES goalie’s mask. Avon View had other scoring opportunities, outshooting KES 10-9, but they could not find the back of the net.
In the second, the Avalanche's Matt Lahey let a blast go that once again bounced off Philippe Miller's mask, and then seconds later, Lahey skated in on a breakaway and ended up shooting the puck just marginally over the top of the net.
The Avalanche still trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes but outshot KES 10-7 for a 20-16 shot advantage.
Early in the third period, with fans wondering what direction the game would take, King’s-Edgehill's Neil MacQuarrie, alone in the slot 4:31 into the final 15 minutes, drilled one past Alex Williams for a 2-0 lead. Assists went to Mark Pompei and Isaac Bridge.
Despite trailing 2-0, AVHS kept the pressure on KES and eventually forced defenseman Patrick Bourgault into a terrible giveaway, enabling Jeremy Parker, who was left alone in front of the KES net, to drive the puck home for the Avalanche's first goal of the game. Carter Swain received an assist on the Parker goal with 8:15 to play.
With just 40 seconds showing on the clock, Parker sent a pass to Swain who flipped it back to the point onto the stick of defenseman Alex Sauson, who let a floating shot go from the point, and the game was tied 2-2.
The game was then forced into overtime. Tournament rules called for three-on-three play for five minutes, followed by a shoot-out if it could not be decided. KES’ Jonathan Mason only needed 1:28 to win it for KES.
Avon View outshot the private school 13-12 in the third period and 33-25 overall for the game.
Sackville blanks Avon View 6-0
The 6-0 score was not indicative of the play in this game as the Avalanche outshot the Sackville Kingfishers, of the Metro High School League, 29-28.
The Avalanche trailed 1-0 after the first period, gave up four goals in the second period and another in the final period. Sackville scored three power-play goals in the Nov. 15 evening game.
Bishop's College defeats KES 5-2
Bishop's College jumped in front 2-0 Nov. 15 before KES rallied to tie the game 2-2 on goals by Mike Jachimowicz and Brett Bittner. BCS then added three more goals to salt the game away at 5-2.
KES bests Sackville 3-2
KES struck early and quick in this Nov. 16 mid-morning game, scoring three first period goals. The goals came from the sticks of Jon Mason, Brett Bittner and Patrick Bourgault. The score stood 3-1 after the first period. Sackville managed one other marker in the remainder of the game, for a final score of 3-2.
Riverview blanks AVHS 9-0
The very talented Moncton area high school could do no wrong when they opened play on Saturday morning.
It was 7-0 Riverview before the Avalanche knew it.
It was a game wrought with penalties for both teams and by the eighth goal, the straight time mercy rule of the tournament was implemented. Riverview added one more goal before the game was over.
AVHS doubles Bishop's College 6-3
After their 9-0 loss Saturday morning, no one was expecting this sudden turnaround by the Avalanche, who received stupendous goaltending from Alex Williams.
Avon View took an early 2-0 lead before Bishop’s College managed to knot the game in the final minute of the first. BCS then jumped in front 3-2 early in the second before the Avalanche came back with four unanswered goals. Brett Wallace, with his second of the game, had the tying goal at 3-3 for the Avalanche and Trevor House also scored a pair with singles going to Carter Swain and Jeremy Parker.
Wallace had a huge four-point night for the Avalanche as he also assisted on one of House's two goals and the goal by Swain.
The win for Avon View was too little too late as they finished the round-robin tournament at 1-3.
Riverview Royals edge out KES 3-1
Isaac Bridge scored with nine seconds to play in the first period to give KES a 1-0 advantage. The Nov. 17 afternoon game was one that KES needed to win in order to have a chance at advancing to Sunday's championship game.
That chance was denied as Riverview scored two second period goals and added a solo marker in the third for a 3-1 victory, putting the Royals into Sunday's championship game.
Other tournament scores
In the other round-robin games, Bishop's College defeated Riverview 4-3 and Sackville 6-1. Riverview also beat Sackville, but by a score of 3-1.