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Oct. 15, 2013

          Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program has plenty of hardware to add to the trophy case after a very successful weekend of hockey.

          Nova Scotia’s Male Under-14, Male Under-15 and Female Under-17 teams captured gold at this weekend’s Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, a tournament that features some of the best young players from across the region. The Nova Scotia Female Under-15 team also medalled, taking home the bronze.

          Throughout the tournament, all four teams wore patches on their sweaters in memory of Jordan Boyd, a young hockey player from Bedford who passed away at the Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s training camp this summer.

          “This was our way of paying our respects and honouring the memory of a great person and a great player who was a wonderful part of our program,” said Bill Short, head scout of Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program.

          The Nova Scotia Male Under-14 team wore the patches proudly, finishing the tournament with a dominant 4-0 record and outscoring their opponents 32-8. The top eight scorers in the tournament were from Nova Scotia including Wyllum Deveaux (4 goals, 5 assists) who led all point-scorers with 9.

          Monday morning’s Thanksgiving Day gold medal game saw Nova Scotia overpower Newfoundland to the tune of a 9-2 final. Jacob Power and Andrew Coxhead led the way for Nova Scotia with each player putting up two goals and an assist. Logan Cash added three helpers for the Bluenosers while Matthew Orman found the back of the net twice. Jarrett Baker, Luke Henman and Logan Timmons rounded out the scoring and Alex MacDonald earned the win between the pipes.

          On the Male Under-15 side, Nova Scotia faced some stiff competition. The team went 1-1-1 during the round-robin but that record was good enough to earn them a spot in the final. Shane Bowers led the team in scoring, finishing tied for fourth with 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists).  

          Nova Scotia faced New Brunswick in the gold medal game, the only team they lost to during the round-robin. The team was able to avenge their lone loss, topping the host province 3-1 to take home the top prize. Logan O'Neill scored once and added an assist while Shane Bowers and Brock MacLeod also found the past of the net. Christian Huntley added a pair of helpers. Goaltender Matt Welsh was stellar in goal en route to the victory.

          In Female Under-17 play, Team Nova Scotia was also able to bring home the gold. Nova Scotia finished the tournament with a 3-1 record. Kristen MacIntyre was the province's top scorer, putting up 4 points (4 assists) to finish the Atlantic Challenge Cup tied for third in scoring. The team featured some great goaltending as Carly Jackson (1-1, 1.00 GAA, 1 S0) and Katie Spooner (2-0, 2.00 GAA) were impressive between the pipes.

          Nova Scotia took on New Brunswick in the final. Mallory Rushton scored midway through the first period on a pass from Allie Munroe. After that, Carly Jackson shut the door in goal, earning the shutout and the 1-0 victory as Rushton's marker proved to be the eventual game winner.

          Nova Scotia’s Female Under-15 team ended the Atlantic Challenge Cup with a 2-1-1 record and a bronze medal. Five Nova Scotians finished the tournament tied for third in scoring as Patti-Anne Tracey, Brianna Hill, Sierra Lee, Ally McDonell and Tiffany Hill each scored four points. Madison Beck (2-1, 2.00 GAA, 1 SO) was solid in goal for Nova Scotia as well as she finished the tournament tied for the top goals against average.

          In the bronze medal final, Nova Scotia took on Price Edward Island and put on an impressive display. Joyce Taylor, Sierra Lee and Julia Moore each scored a pair of goals, Lea MacLeod had a goal and two assists and Ally McDonnell added a pair of assists en route to a 10-2 victory. Lea MacLeod, Mae Batherson, Brette Pettet and Julie Lee rounded out the scoring for Nova Scotia as each player scored a single marker. Madison Beck notced her second win of the tournament in goal.

          Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate the players on all four of our provincial teams. You have made us all very proud! Congratulations!

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