TWO HNS TEAMS CROWNED ATLANTIC CHAMPS
Apr. 8, 2013
It was a good weekend for hockey in the province! A pair of Nova Scotia teams are today Atlantic Canadian champs.
Let's begin with the Valley Wildcats who are this week, the toast of the Atlantic Canadian major midget hockey community.
The Wildcats defeated the Cornwall Thunder 4-3 in the championship game of the Major Midget AAA Atlantics in Moncton on Sunday afternoon.
Valley, representing Hockey Nova Scotia, lost 6-1 to PEI's Cornwall in the opening game of the tournament but came roaring back during their second meeting on Sunday.
Grant Janes and Jacob McNutt each scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats while Justin Ritcey stopped 29 of the 32 shots fired his way. Brett Tidman had two assists. McNutt was named player of the game for Team Nova Scotia and Janes was given tournament MVP honours.
Jean Marc Evans-Renaud scored twice for Cornwall while Curtis MacGregor added a single marker. Alex Kelly made 29 saves for the Thunder.
The win earns the Wildcats a berth in the 2013 Telus Cup in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The tournament will be played from April 22-28 and will feature six of the best major midget teams from across the country.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate the Valley Wildcats and wish them the best of luck as they prepare to represent the Atlantic provinces at the Telus Cup.
Back home in Nova Scotia, Metro Boston Pizza can claim the title of best team in Atlantic Canadian Female Midget AAA hockey for the second year in a row.
On Sunday afternoon, the Hockey Nova Scotia representatives edged the Moncton Source for Sports Rocket 2-1 in the championship game at the Female Midget AAA Atlantics in New Glasgow.
Laura Polak scored on the power play in the first period to put Metro up 1-0. The Rocket responded early in the third when Sarah Bujold found the back of the net to tie the game at 1.
With time expiring, Kristen Gordon scored to seal the victory for Metro. Rebecca Weagle earned the win between the pipes.
Earlier in the day, the host Subway Northern Storm lost 4-1 in the bronze medal game to PEI's Capital District Cyclones. Maggie Beaton had the Storm's lone goal.
Metro Boston Pizza’s Laura Polak was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament and Katherine Purchase captured Top Goaltender honours.
Metro is now bound for Burnaby, BC where they will represent the Atlantic region at the Esso Cup. The tournament runs from April 21-27 and will feature the six top female midget teams in the country.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Metro and wish them all the best at the Esso Cup later this month.