2023 Beast of the East Information Central

Posted on May 7, 2023

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2009’s – – – John Veitch and Liam Leonard

2008’s – – – Ryan Bessey and Andrew Pearcey

2007’s – – – Scottie Marshall and Andrew Pearcey


Results – 2007

NL 5 – NB 1. Olivier St-Onge picked up the win in the NL crease, playing sharp and making the big saves in key situations. Will Carroll was lethal on the PK for the NL’ers, picking up a pair of shorties.

NL 0 – ATL 3. NL weren’t sharp off the hop, and were trailing 2-0 after the first period. Despite a solid effort in the second stanza, the fresh Atlantic club potted a third goal which proved to be too much to overcome. Cohen Stoddard was sharp in the loss.

NL 3 – NB 4 (OT). A 6-man shootout was required to determine a victor in this match, and it was Sam Rocca (Champions Academy) potting the shootout winner for the New Brunswick team. NL hels a 2-1 advantage into the 3rd period (goals from Kearley and Garber), but NB stormed back to take a 3-2 lead. With under 5 minutes remaining in regulation, Patty Lambe converted a goalmouth scramble to tie things up at 3 and force a shootout. The shootout was a goaltenders duel between Cohen Stoddard and Sam Quimper, with Quimper allowing only 1 goal on 6 penalty shots while Stoddard conceded 2. Both goaltenders should be on QMJHL teams radars next month at the Annual U18 Draft. This game was a chippy affair, with stretches of the first period being played 3-on-3 due to lengthy penalties from both sides.

NL 3 – ATL 4. The 07’s deserved a much better fate in this hockey game, firing 45 pucks on goal but coming away with only 3 goals. Hudson Bradley (Ch’town Knights) was sharp in this game; the goals Bradley conceded were no fault of his own (5-on-3 scramble, rebound, 5-on-4 with a lot of traffic). Patty Lambe led the way for NL with 2 goals, while Jabez Seymour picked up a goal and an assist. This was a fun game to be a part of, a battle between two even teams with similar styles. Olivier St-Onge took the loss for NL in this game, but was sharp all tournament and should be recognized for this at the upcoming Q/MHL Drafts this Summer.

Results – 2008

NL 3 – PEI 4 (OT). The red rock took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, but the NL squad stormed back with a pair of goals in the second (Ingram and Rogerson with the markers). Nathan Crane – who has really emerged as a top dog in the ’08 NL class – potted his first of the tournament midway through the third period but the NL’ers could not hang on to the lead. PEI won the match in the shootout, which was not the NL’ers strong suit in this tournament (0-2 record across all divisions).

NL 0 – NB 3 (EN). Both teams traded chances in the opening period, but it was NB who prevailed in the second period and beyond. NL pulled its goalie with just under 3 minutes to play, but could not generate any offence and fell 3-0. Ty Combden was his usual sharp self in this game and throughout the entire tournament, making save after save off high-quality scoring opportunities. “Combden was overworked this weekend; we could have been a little sharper in front of him, especially on the defensive side of the puck” said 2008’s coach Ryan Bessey.

NL 3 – NS 6 (EN). NS scored early in this one, breaking the ice with just 2 minutes elapsed in the first. But a Jaxon Ingram goal sent the 08’s to the locker room happy after 20 minutes of play. The second period was a different story, as NS scored 4 unanswered to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission. The 08’s battled back to make a game of things, closing the lead to 5-3 (Kelly and Stevenson with the snipes) and having a boat load of pressure on NS late in the game. NS scored a meaningless goal with under a second left to make it 6-3, but it was the effort to battle back that impressed the 08’s coaching staff.

NL 2 – NS 9. The IGA ice surface was not friendly to the 07’s or 08’s this weekend, with the 2 teams combining for a forgettable 0-4-1 record on the smaller pad. This game was tied at 2 in the early going, but the Nova Scotians puck movement and skill proved to be too much for the 08’s on this day. Ty Combden saw 59 shots in this game, with a large portion of the shots coming from the home plate area of the ice. The 08’s finish their tournament with an 0-3-1 record; “it’s a learning process for this group. There’s a lot of individual talent on this team, but learning how to play away from the puck will be paramount for the development of this age group” said Ryan Bessey.

Results – 2009

NL 7 – PEI 1. NL had 7 different goal scorers in this match, with offensive contributions from the back end as well. Matthew Hunt picked up his first win of the tournament in the NL cage.

NL 2 – NS 7. Ben Veitch got the 09’s on the board twice in period 1, but it was downhill from there as the Nova Scotians potted 7 unanswered goals. Rogan O’Brien took the loss; the first game at the Elite AAA level this season for the up-and-coming netminder. For the 09’s, it’s about putting this game in their rear view mirror. “We weren’t good enough in the last 40 minutes, but we get to do it all over again tomorrow morning and everyone makes the playoffs in this tournament” said coach Liam Leonard.

NL 5 – NB 2. Parker Banks led the way offensively for the 09’s in this game with a pair of goals, with singles coming off the sticks of Whitten, Veitch and Jewer. Matthew Hunt improved his tournament record to 2-0, and with NS losing to PEI in the morning game, it will be NL vs NS in the semi-finals.

NL 3 – NS 2. Josh Fitzgerald scored the GWG for the 09’s at 9:09 of the 3rd period, with singles coming from Ethan Jones and Ben Veitch. Veitch scored his 5th goal of the tournament in this game, the most of any ’09 player to this point. Rogan O’Brien made some huge reflex saves to keep this game 3-1 until very late in the third period, when NS had a push and made things 3-2.

NL 6 – NB 7 (OT). This was a wild, back-and-forth affair! NL held 2-goal advantages at two different points of this game, and did not trail at any point in regulation time. NB scored a short-handed goal to tie things at 5, but NL responded on the same PP with a point shot goal from Jack Hutchings to take the lead for the umpteenth straight time in this hockey game. With just under 2 minutes remaining, a Team NB point shot found its way through a maze of bodies and behind goaltender Matthew Hunt… 6-6!

In overtime, Team NL chipped the puck out but could not get a change. NB regrouped, got their change in and connected on a stretch pass to Mark Macphee. Macphee got a step and dropped his shoulder, cut across the net and buried it to give Team NB the gold medal in this age division.

Related Information

Beast of the East Web Site – https://beastoftheeast.ca/

2022 Beast of the East archive – https://vhghockey.ca/vhg-boys-coaches-blog-beast-of-the-east-tournament-review/