Its the AAA major midget equivalent to the Miracle on Ice. Against all odds The Tri-Pen Frost, the second place team in the Newfoundland AAA major midget hockey league, defeated the previously undefeated St. Johns Fog Devils this Saturday. And on the Foggies home ice, no less. Sure, the provinces AAA Goliaths might have bounced back with a 5-2 win, but now we know for sure; they can be beaten. It gives everybody around the league a bit of hope that St. Johns isnt going to go undefeated all season and theyre not just gonna blow through everybody anymore, says head coach Darren Halloran. Tri-Pen hadnt seen the mighty Fog Devils since they lost back-to-back-to-back games against the high scoring club in October. In between meetings, Halloran (a former St. Johns AAA Maple Leaf) spent considerable time preparing for the rematch, using game situations against the Western Subways and Central Ice-Pak for practice. Weve been practicing systems and every weekend always saying to the boys, were playing St. Johns in a couple of weeks so weve got to work on this, weve got to work on that. The game plan was simple, stay out of penalty trouble and dont give their dynamite 160-plus goal offence get fired up on the power play. It worked, and with the win, Halloran insists the team is a step closer to its goal. Our main goal is to beat St. Johns. Im not taking anything away from Central or Western, but in the end thats our main goal; to go to Atlantics. Given that St. Johns has already clinched first place, Tri-Pen have to focus on holding off Central Ice-Pak who are now only eight points behind in the standings.
- July 27, 2010 - 13:55
Nothing against Patty and company, but the AAA program in St. John's has been on a downward spiral since Babstock and O'brien hung up the whistle.
Long gone are the days of winning on talent and yelling change.