VIDEO: HOCKEY NS SWEEPS GOLD AT ATLANTIC CHALLENGE CUP
Oct. 14, 2014
The stage was set on Thanksgiving Monday as all four Hockey Nova Scotia entries in the 2014 Atlantic Challenge Cup faced-off against New Brunswick for gold and Atlantic bragging rights.
After going 4-0 during round-robin and semi-final play against some of the best players their age from across Atlantic Canada, our Male Under-15 team – led by captain Andrew Coxhead who scored the game tying goal in the semis – were set to take on Team New Brunswick in Monday’s final.
It was a similar story on the Female Under-15 side. Like the boys, the girls were also 4-0 heading into Monday’s final against New Brunswick. Throughout the entire tournament, our Female Under-15 team outscored the competition 19-3 thanks to some stellar goaltending from Madison Beck and Kaelyn Budden who posted consecutive shutouts in her two starts.
Our Under-14 boys were undefeated going into Monday’s final against New Brunswick, too. Their offense had been explosive during the four game’s heading into the gold medal match. Fourteen different players chipped in goals for the team as they finished the tournament having outscored the opposition 29-7.
Our Female Under-18 team – the team that will represent Nova Scotia in competition at the Canada Games in Prince George in February – took the hard road to Monday’s final. They went 0-2-1 during the round robin but they played a statement game against Newfoundland in the semi-final, defeating the previously undefeated squad 4-0. That set-up their final on Monday where they, too, faced-off against New Brunswick.
Our Under-15 boys faced a tough New Brunswick goaltender in Daniel Moody.
Coaches TJ Smith and Paul Hunt were able to help their guys find an answer to the stingy New Brunswick defence. The team pressed hard and Ryan MacLellan managed to score the put-away marker after Logan Timmons opened the scoring for Nova Scotia.
The goaltending was superb at our end of the rink, too. Alex MacDonald was sharp all game long.
Our Under-15 girls found themselves in a bit of pinch early.
New Brunswick opened the scoring midway through the first period – it was just the third time all tournament long that a puck got behind Madison Beck.
So for the Bluenosers, it was back to the drawing board.
In the second period, they struck back. Hannah MacNeil found the back of the net for Nova Scotia to knot the game up at one. And they didn’t let up there. Tiffany Hill was stellar for Nova Scotia, notching a pair of goals and adding an assist on a Sydney Kennedy tally.
Nova Scotia carried a commanding 5-1 lead late into the third period.
Our Female Under-18 team had only won one game heading into Monday’s final against New Brunswick. That game was the one that mattered, however, and the girls seemed to get stronger as the tournament went on.
After a big offensive zone faceoff win by Jenna Pellerin, Allie Munroe put the puck on Kristen MacIntyre’s and MacIntyre unloaded, putting Nova Scotia up 1-0.
Goaltenders Shelby Ryan and Morgan Farrow would eventually share the shutout in the championship game.
Our Under-14 boys found themselves down a goal early but they kept applying pressure and they had some great chances on an extended power play opportunity.
Eventually, Riley MacInnis was able to find twine, slipping one past the New Brunswick netminder to tie the game 1-1.
Our boys didn’t let up, though, even after New Brunswick once again took the lead. At our end of the ice, Nolan Boyd was terrific between the Nova Scotia pipes as he made some key saves.
On the Male Under-15 rink, our boys were able to stave off a late scare from New Brunswick and hang on for the 2-1 victory.
In Under-18 girls action, Ryan and Farrow’s shutout helped Nova Scotia hang on for the 1-0 win and Atlantic Challenge Cup gold
Our Under-14 boys battled hard for a 3-2 win over a tough New Brunswick team.
Finally, on the Female Under-15 ice surface, our girls won a convincing 5-0 gold medal game over our provincial neighbours.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of hockey for Nova Scotia.
We would like to thank the players, coaches, team staff members and their families for their dedication over the weekend.
Congratulations to all of you. Hockey Nova Scotia is very proud of you and your accomplishments.