Youth Hockey rolls off on the right feet

The WestTel Youth Roller Hockey League recently commenced its Fall 2009 season.

With many hockey lovers and excited parents looking on the youngsters put on quite a show.

The following are some of the highlights of this past weekend’s games:

The PeeWee division would see the first game of the new season.

In action were the Appleby Sharks facing off against the Five Continents Leafs.

Veteran goaltender Sean Whewell of the Leafs would go up against relative newcomer Dylan Bostock of the Sharks who has shown great talent between the pipes.

However Bostock looked rusty in the season-opener. The Leafs had an early lead as Jagger Hope scored the season’s first goal. From there Appleby followed with three quick unanswered goals.

Yet the Leafs 4-0 lead didn’t last long. The Sharks picked up their offensive and defensive game in the second half.

By the final whistle the Sharks took a 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Leafs.

Players of the game were both defensemen in the form of Thomas Bishop (Sharks) and Jacob Whewell (Leafs).

For the record the PeeWee division is comprised of the older players (13U) in the league.

In the Atom (10U) division, there were two games. Game one was a match-up of two new league sponsors in the Coldwell Banker Rangers and the DMS Bruins.

There would be no shortage offense in therI match-up as the teams went back and forth slotting home goals.

The Bruins ended the game with a 9-7 win over the Rangers. Players of the game were Justin Hastings for the Bruins and Ethan Cronier and Shawn Lansdell for the Rangers.

Returning team sponsors, the Walkers Blue Iguanas and XN Financial Flames, rounded out Atom division play in game two.

The youngsters showed some great footwork and confidence with their skating and the result was lots of scoring.

Flames won the game with a final score of 9-5. Players of the game were William Priaulx (Iguanas) and Douglas Rowland (Flames).

Coach Dave Champoux, who has been involved with hockey in Cayman for the last few years, noted that both Atom games were very evenly matched.

‘I look forward to the rest of the season. I am well impressed with the level of interest this game has sparked.

‘Thanks go to the coaches and players who will no doubt ensure parents and other spectators are treated to some real excitement at Kings on Saturdays.’

The WestTel Youth Roller Hockey League continues at Kings Sports Centre this and every Saturday with eight games played from 8am through to 4pm.

Matches continue through to next month with the regular season concluding by the end of October. From there the playoffs get in motion.

Game schedules are posted at www.caymanactive.com/csahockey.

The start of the youth roller hockey league comes after a successful trip to Tampa, Florida for a training camp early this summer.

A group of some 13 Cayman players spent a few days at the training facility for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning learning tips on the game from the likes of Dave Andreychuk.

For more information about youth hockey in Cayman e-mail the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club at [email protected].

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