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Mar. 10, 2014

This is one of the busiest times of the hockey year in the world of Nova Scotia minor hockey – especially in some of our province’s top leagues.

Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League

The best teams in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League (NSMBHL) will battle for bragging rights this weekend as North Sydney’s Emera Centre Northside plays host to the NSMBHL’s provincial tournament.

Tournament seeding looks like this:

1. Bedford Barons
2. Bubba Rays Gulls
3. Breton Sports & Trophy Cougars (host team)
4. BMO Western Hurricanes
5. Dartmouth Whalers
6. Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm
7. Nova Jr. X-Men (wild card)

The puck drops at noon on Thursday, March 13th as the Jr. X-Men take on the Barons. The championship game is set for Sunday, March 16th at 1 PM.

Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League

The final series is set in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League as the Halifax McDonalds and the Newbridge Academy Gladiators prepare to face off for the league title.

Jordan Bezanson’s two goals and Justin Ritcey’s shutout helped lead the Macs to a 4-0 victory over the Charlie’s Pizza South Shore Mustangs on Saturday to take the series 4-2 and earn a spot in the league final. The Gladiators also took their series 4-2 as they sealed it with an 8-2 win over the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack last Thursday.

Keep an eye on the NSMMHL website for the series schedule.

Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League

On the female side, things are heating up in the NSFMHL.

Jenna Pellerin’s hat trick helped pace Metro Boston Pizza to a 6-1 victory over the Pro Cresting Penguins in the first game of the league final at the BMO Centre on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Pens responded as Claire Warren posted a shutout en route to a 1-0 win over Metro. Jenna Clarke had the game winning goal.

The two teams are back in action on Friday, March 21 at the East Hants Sportsplex..   

The Maritime Hockey League (Jr. A)

The Yarmouth Mariners take on the Valley Wildcats tonight at the Mariners Centre in Game 1 of a three game playoff. The winner of the series will advance to the Eastlink Division semifinals where they will take on the top-seeded Truro Bearcats.

In the other Eastlink Division semifinal, the Pictou County Crushers meet the Amherst Ramblers on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

In Roger Meek Division playoff action, the Miramichi Timberwolves take on the Summerside Western Capitals while the Dieppe Commandos clash with the Woodstock Slammers. Both match-ups get underway on the weekend.

Keep up-to-date with scores and stats by visiting the official MHL website.

The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (Jr. B)

The Sackville Blazers host the East Hants Penguins at 7:30 this evening at the Sackville Arena in Game 1 of the Fred Fox Division final. The Blazers earned their way to the division final by ousting the Bay Ducks in six games. It took the Penguins six games, as well, to finish off the Valley Maple Leafs.

The Strait Pirates and the Glace Bay Miners are hoping to meet the winner of the Fred Fox Division final. The two Cape Breton rivals meet Tuesday night at the Bay Plex Recreation Centre in Glace Bay in the first game of the Sid Rowe Division final. The Miners had an easier route to the division final as they swept the Antigonish Bulldogs in four games. The Pictou County Scotians forced a seventh game with the Pirates but a 4-3 victory on Trenton ice sealed the series win for the Strait.

Follow along with the Jr. B action by visiting the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League website.

The Nova Scotia Jr. C League

The Spyrfield Silver and Black Attack lead the Fundy MU Rhino Renovations 2-1 in the Jr. C final. On Sunday, Spryfield shutout Fundy 4-0 to take command of the series. Game 4 goes Friday at 9 PM at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

The winner of that series will join the South Shore Wild at the Maritime-Hockey North Jr. C Championship in Liverpool from March 26th-30th.

Visit the Nova Scotia Jr. C website for a complete schedule and results.

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