The Hurricanes’ Pee Wee team in Harbour Breton is the best Pee Wee hockey team in the province based on their performance in the 2012 Pee Wee Mega tournament that was held in Corner Brook during Easter.
The 16-team event included the best Pee Wee teams from all across the province. The Hurricanes won their two preliminary games and were placed first in Division A. In the round robin portion of the tournament, the Hurricanes just blew away a lot of the competition and came out with a three and one record.
The gold medal game in the top division came down to an exciting contest that saw the Hurricanes taking on the Innu Hawks from Torgnat Mountains in Labrador.
The Hawks came out flying and took an early 2 to 0 lead in the first period. The Hurricanes kept playing hard and tied the score at 2 to 2 on two goals by Lucas Dominie.
The Hawks continued to dominate play, however, and were leading 5 to 2 early in the third period.
The Hurricanes seemed to be out of the game but as a famous sports figure once said, ‘It ain’t over ‘till it’s over’. Just when the game seemed out of reach, Taylor Jackman scored a shorthanded goal to get the Hurricanes back in the contest. The team was pumped up by Taylor’s goal and was playing better now. Frazer Augot-Hancock scored to draw the Hurricanes within one and, with about five minutes left in the third, Robert Pierce scored to tie the game at 5 to 5.
Both teams had good scoring chances in the early stages of the overtime period but failed to tally the elusive goal. Then with just four minutes left Hurricanes’ Fraser Augot-Hancock scored the all important goal which gave his team the win, the gold medal and the bragging rights as to the Hurricanes being the best Pee Wee team in the province in 2012.
Coach Corey Dominie said, “Our players did not panic in the championship match even though we were down a couple of times in the contest. We maintained our strong team effort; managed to tie the score at 5 to 5 and win the game in overtime. It was just a great tournament for all of us – one we’re going to remember for a long time.”