It couldn't qualify as a big surprise. After all, it was more than five weeks ago that Zach O’Brien had let it be known through his Twitter account that he would be returning to Manchester Monarchs next season. But the American Hockey League’s Monarchs made it official Thursday, announcing the 22-year-old from St. John’s has been re-signed to an AHL contract for 2014-15.
O’Brien had 29 points (10-19-29) and a plus-nine rating in 49 games with the Monarchs in the 2013-14 season. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound right-winger joined the Monarchs, the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings, after attending the training camp of the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps and then starting the season with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
He had two goals and two assists in in five games with the Reign, which is affiliated with both the IceCaps and Monarchs.
Qualifier for Eastern Canadians masters begins today
The Molson masters soccer qualifier at Smallwood Park in Mount Pearl starts today.
Defending champion Mount Pearl, Holy Cross and Feildians are the teams entered.
The top team after the playoff round will represent the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association at the Eastern Canadian Championships which will be played in New Brunswick Sept. 25- 28.
Feildians and Mount Pearl open the tourney at 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross plays Feildians 4 p.m. Saturday and Mount Pearl and Holy Cross meet 4 p.m. Sunday.
Harbour Grace hosting girls’ U16 provincials
Five teams are entered in the Pepsi Cola provincial Under 16 girls mega soccer tournament which opens 10 o’clock this morning in Harbour Grace.
Entries include Paradise Youth Soccer Association, Feildians, Labrador West United, Conception Bay North and Conception Bay South.
All games are being played at St. Francis Field.
St. John’s blanks C.B.S. in U18 boys mega tourney
Iain Gamba scored twice to lead St. John’s to a 6-0 victory over Conception Bay South in the boy’s U18 mega tournament Thursday.
Isaac Bonisteel, Dylan Jenkins, Tristan Hayward and Tyler Kirby each scored once. Braedan Sheppard posted the shutout.
Mosquitos descending on Pasadena
Nine teams will take part in the Aquafina provincial 11-and-under mosquito baseball championships this weekend in Pasadena on the province’s west coast.
The host Pirates are joined by the Corner Brook Barons, Grand Falls-Windsor Braves, Gander Pilots, Conception Bay North Bulldogs, Conception Bay South Raiders, Paradise Phantoms, Mount Pearl Blazers, and St. John's Capitals.
Each team will play two games and all teams will then advance to single elimination playoff round. The top team advances to the Atlantic mosquito AA championships in Oromocto, New Brunswick Sept. 12-14.
Bruce wins Tely Tour event on home course
Andrew Bruce of Blomidon shot a 68 at his home course to win the Tely Tour’s Corner Brook Junior Invitational Thursday.
The scores is one of the lowest all-time on the tour.
Patrick Hickey finishes second overall with a 75 and Matthew Bonnell was one shot back in third.
Patrick d’Eon scored a 92 in junior boys play, while Angele Earle fired an 88 to lead the junior girls.
In bantam play, Joseph Cluney finished with a 42 and Taylor Cormier was the top bantam girl with a 48.
The tour continues today with the Humber River Junior and moves to the province’s east coast for the Bally Haly Junior Invitational on Monday. The Gatorade Junior Masters at Clovelly are set for Tuesday.
NATIONAL RUGBY FESTIVAL
Newfoundland teams fall to B.C. squads
British Columbia Two defeated Newfoundland 19-8 in U16 play at the national rugby festival in Calgary Thursday.
Max Frost scored Newfoundland’s single try, while Angus Boyd-Porter kicked a penalty.
B.C.’s number two squad defeated Newfoundland 25-12 in U18 play.
Sam Newhook and Liam Murphy scored tries for Newfoundland, Gud Bjarnason kicked a the convert.
Under-18 male national championship
Scores from Day 3
New Brunswick 9, Nova Scotia 3
Ontario Three 7, Ontario One 3
Saskatchewan One 10, Saskatchewan Two 3
Ontario Four 18, New Brunswick 6,
Newfoundland 9, Ontario Two 2
Ontario One 6, Nova Scotia 0
Ontario Three 11, Saskatchewan Two 3
Ontrario Two 10, Saskatchewan One 9
Newfoundland 14 Ontario One 3
Scores from Day 2
Saskatchewan Two 14, Nova Scotia 13
Ontario Two 7, Ontario Four 3
Ontario Three 15, New Brunswick 0
Saskatachewan One 7, Newfoundland 1
Ontario One 6, Ontario Two 2
Ontario Four 14, Saskatchewan One 1
Nova Scotia 13, Ontarion Three 3
New Brunswick 12 Saskatchewan Two 2 0
Standings after Day 3
Ontario Three 5 -1
Ontario Two 4 -2
Ontario One 3-3
Saskatchewan One 3-3
Saskatchewan Two 2-4
Ontario Four 2-4