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NOVA SCOTIA WINS PRE-CANADA GAMES TOURNAMENT IN PEI
Oct. 6, 2014

DARTMOUTH – Team Nova Scotia finished atop the standings at the Atlantic Canadian Pre-Canada Games Tournament in Charlottetown, PEI over the next weekend.

Nova Scotia, represented by twenty-three players hoping to earn a spot on the provincial male Canada Winter Games roster, went undefeated against competition from across the Atlantic region at MacLauchlan Arena on the UPEI campus.


In Friday afternoon’s opening game, Nova Scotia topped Prince Edward Island 8-5 in a high-scoring affair.


On Saturday morning, Nova Scotia battled to a 2-2 draw against New Brunswick. In the team’s second game of the day, Nova Scotia exploded for ten goals, shutting out Newfoundland 10-0. The win earned the team a berth in Sunday’s final where Team Nova Scotia once again faced Newfoundland. The Bluenosers bested the Newfoundland squad 7-2 to finish the tournament with an unblemished record.



Team Nova Scotia celebrates after Sunday's 7-2 win over Newfoundland.

The tournament, featuring the best male players under the age of 16 from the Atlantic provinces, served as a tune-up for the 2015 Canada Winter Games taking place in Prince George next February.


"It's still an evaluation process,” said head coach Jim Midgley. “As much as you think it's about wins and losses, it's an evaluation process for the kids, too.”


The four branches will use the tournament's results as part of their evaluation process as they prepare to select their final rosters for the Canada Games. 


It doesn't end this weekend – we don't have to pick the team for a little while," said Midgley. "We've got some time to evaluate, time to watch the players with their club teams and some time to get a feel for the kids and we'll go from there." 

Nova Scotia will host a Canada Winter Games camp in December in preparation for February’s event.

The Atlantic region’s female teams will conduct their pre-Canada Games event as part of the 2014 Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton this weekend.




 
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