The Western Hurricanes pose with the banner after winning the 2012 Esso Cup Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament on November 21 to 25 in Halifax. Photo contributed
The Western Hurricanes captured the 2012 Esso Cup Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament on November 21 to 25.
Twenty-four teams competed in the round robin tournament, hosted by the Halifax Hawks.
In game one the Truro Bearcats scored 2 late 3rd period goals to tie the Hurricanes 2-2. Matt Barron and Cameron Jacquard scored for the Hurricanes. Game MVP was defenceman Quinten Johnson.
The Hurricanes shutout the Moncton Hawks 5-0 in game two. Game MVP Keith Getson fired a hat trick, while Riley Merry and Ben Deveau added singles. Colby Muise picked up the shutout.
In a thrilling affair, the local squad edged the Saint John Seadogs 3-2, handing the first place team from New Brunswick their first loss of the season. Game MVP Christopher Goreham, Keith Getson, and Riley Merry dented the twine for the victors.
Game four was no contest as the Hurricanes dominated the Peninsula Acadienne Senators 6-0. Matt Barron, Christopher Goreham, Keith Getson, Cameron Jacquard, Riley Merry, and MVP Matt Grace all fired singles.
This gave the Western squad the #2 seed overall after round robin play, and a matchup with the fast and highly skilled Kennebecasis Valley Rangers. The Hurricanes came away with a 3-0 win, on the strength of a Luke Emin shutout. Goal scorers were Game MVP Jaron Bolliver, Keith Getson, and Christopher Goreham.
The final day of the tournament seen a re-match against the Saint John Seadogs in semi-final action. In a hard fought contest, the Hurricane squad came away with a well earned 3-1 victory. Quinten Johnson, Keith Getson, and Matt Grace found the net for the victors. Logan Walters was Game MVP.
The final game of the tournament seen the Hurricane squad hand the Breton Sport Cougars a 4-2 setback for their first loss of the season. The Hurricanes led 3-0 after 2 periods on goals by Keith Getson, Christopher Goreham, and Logan Walters, only to see the Cougars fire back with 2 goals by midway through the final frame. The local squad sealed the victory when Walters added his second goal of the game into the empty net. Game MVP Luke Emin picked up the win between the pipes.
This was the second time the Western squad has captured the Esso Cup title during the past 3 seasons, also winning in 2010.
“What a great accomplishment for our team. The boys battled hard at both the offensive and defensive end of the rink. ,” said assistant coach Andrew Holland.
Shelburne Minor Hockey is represented on the Hurricanes by players Christopher Goreham, Brogan Fitzgerald, Jared Scott, and Assistant Coach Andrew Holland.