HARTFORD, Ct. "" It was a split decision for the Champlain Valley Junior B Elite hockey teams at the Northern Connecticut Wings Showcase Junior B Tournament Friday night.

The B Black Elite rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Massachusetts Mariners, while the B Red Elite dropped a 5-3 setback to the host Wings.

The Black Elite is back in action today at 9 a.m. against the USA Express and the Red Elite takes on the Mariners at 1 p.m.

B Black Elite 8

Mass. Mariners 0

Josh Johnson, Jonathan Guay and Justin Spring scored two goals each for the Black, while Nick Montour and Robert Guay added a goal apiece.

Martin Clarkson was in goal for the shutout for the Black, which scored three goals in the first half and five more in the second.

"It was again a story of our depth," said Black head coach Justin Frechette. "All four lines were clicking for us and we were able to do a good job getting the puck down low.

"We did well with our D to D passing and have been focusing on keeping the other team off the scoreboard. Another big key in this game was the use of our team speed in the neutral zone.

"It was a solid all-around team effort."

Wings 5

B Red Elite 3

A slow start didn't help the Red team, which trailed 3-0 at the half.

"It wasn't a case of us not working hard, but we got off to a slow start," Frechette said. "The puck took a couple of strange bounces and we found ourselves behind in the first half.

"We also took an undisciplined penalty which led to their third goal. That one hurt us.

"We settled the troops down at the half and won the second half, 3-2. We were able to cut our deficit to a goal, but they were able to get it back."

Taylor Juneau, Bob Helms and Tyler Beauregard scored the goals for the Red team, with Jacob Beeman in net for the Elite.

"We had to take some chances at the end," Frechette said. "What I was happy with, even though we lost, was the way the guys responded to adversity.

"Our guys didn't quit and we nearly tied it. Hopefully, we can carry that hard work into tomorrow."

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Elite Black 8, Mass. Mariners 0

Elite Black 3 5 "" 8

Massachusetts Mariners 0 0 "" 0

Black scoring: 1, Johnson. 2, Montour (Certo). 3, Johnson (O'Connell). 4, J. Guay (Jacobs, Fransen). 5, Spring. 6, R. Guay (Slade). 7, Spring. 8, J. Guay (Fransen, Walsh). Goaltender: Clarkson.

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Wings 5, Elite Red 3

Elite Red 0 3 "" 3

N. Connecticut Wings 3 2 "" 5

Red scoring: 1, Juneau (Wong). 2, Helms (Lipnick). 3, Beauregard (Alston). Goaltender: Beeman.

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