Panthers ravage KPMG Senators

The Logic Youth Roller Hockey League at Kings Sports Centre is continuing in full swing, as week four action took to the floor over the weekend. Across the league, the action is heating up with shake-ups across the standings.

The Peewee division saw two underdog wins, as top squads the KPMG Senators and Appleby Sharks were defeated by the Stuarts Panthers and Vampt Oilers. The Panthers, at number four in the league tables, topped the Senators in a 6-5 finish. Meanwhile the Oilers defeated the Sharks 3-2. Players of the game included: Ryan Lloyd (KPMG), Elizabeth Johnson (Stuarts), Aiden Clements (Vampt) and Niklas Wolfe (Appleby).

In the Novice league, the Dart Ducks continued their winning ways with an 8-2 victory over the Walkers Blue Iguanas. Although not reflected by the score, the match was very even with each team trading shots throughout the game. In game two, the PWC Lightning redeemed their season opener against the Maples FS Jets with an impressive 11-6 victory. Players of the game included: Ryan Godwin (Walkers), Cassidy Amesbury (Walkers), J.D. Bovell (Dart), Molly Kehoe (Dart), Luke Barnard (PWC), Todd Purton (PWC), Shae Hollins (MaplesFS) and Carmella Ylagan (MaplesFS).

The Atom league, which underwent several roster trades to regain the balance between the teams, had a similar underdog weekend to the Peewee counterparts. The Eats Blazers and WestStar Wild redeemed their opening week losses by defeating the top seeded Conyers Canucks and Ernst and Young Eagles. Game one was a high-scoring contest which saw the Blazers score 12 goals to the Eagles’ six. Game two was quite the opposite, with both teams playing very strong defensively and both goaltenders having coming up strong in the 3-1 finish.

The Cayman Islands Kings Travel team recently returned from their second appearance at the ECHO Fall Classic Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida. This year, the C.I. Kings was represented by a new 8 and Under team comprised of players from the Youth Roller Hockey League.

Although going winless in their tournament debut, the players demonstrated their skills against some very talented players. Similar to their 12U and 10U predecessors, opening day was definitely an eye-opener.

Coach Ray Singh said, “stepping onto a bigger rink, against tournament teams of this calibre is very difficult, especially at eight or nine-years-old. As opening day progressed, our tempo picked up. By the end of the second game the players had adjusted to the speed of the tournament game.”

On the second day of the tournament, the team faced off against “Team Independent” in another high-scoring loss. Although playing an excellent opening period and dominating the third, the team had a breakdown for four minutes of play in the second period which caused them to go down in the match.

On the final day, the 8U C.I. Kings played for the Silver Division Final, once again facing off against Team Independent. This time with a title shot on the line, the C.I. Kings stepped up their performance and were assertive early to take a 1-0 lead. However after getting into penalty trouble, Team Independent was able to catch up in the third period, tying the game at 2-2. In the last minute of play, Team Independent rushed the net to make the last goal, giving them the win at 3-2.

Singh added, “overall the tournament was a fantastic learning experience for our kids. They were able to experience an international competition and more importantly were able to adapt throughout the weekend. The resilience of our kids to rebound from three tough losses and come back to nearly win the Silver division championship was impressive.

“We were the ultimate underdogs and the team even developed a cheering section amongst the other teams. To have the other players and coaches come up to our players and congratulate them after the game was very rewarding for our kids.”

The 8U C.I. Kings lineup includes payers Jabari Walrond, Joe Allom, Jayden Mannisto, Jaxon Stewart, Ethan Finlason, Justin Hastings, Turner Johnson, Noah Booker, Ryan Godwin, Nick McCallum, Nathan Hughes, Coaches Ray Singh, Jean-Louis Beaudet, assistant coaches Scott Hughes and Andy Allom and Team Organizer Nicole Hastings.

League games play each Saturday at Kings Sports Centre 7:45am-4:30pm.

For more information e-mail Ray Singh at [email protected]

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