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NS CHAMPION NOVAS AND HOST WHALERS MEET THURSDAY AT IRVING OIL CHALLENGE CUP
Apr. 7, 2015

DARTMOUTH, NS – When the puck drops at 8 p.m. on Thursday night at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, it will be more than just an opening day game at the Irving Oil Challenge Cup – it will be a Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League final rematch with provincial bragging rights on the line.

The Nova Scotia champion Novas will face off with the host Dartmouth Whalers on Thursday in what will be the first meeting at the 2015 Irving Oil Challenge Cup between the two teams. As the only two Nova Scotia entries in the tournament, the game might feel like a home game for both teams.


“The close proximity of the event will allow for the family, friends, and supporters of our team to be in attendance,” said Novas’ head coach Kyle MacDonald. “Our success this season has created a lot of buzz around the various communities that make up our hockey team, so having their support at the games will be beneficial.”


The Novas captured the NSMBHL title thanks to a 2-1 overtime win over the Whalers at Major Bantam provincials back on March 15. The Novas' Jacob Hudson beat Whalers' goaltender Cole McLaren with 1:21 to go in the second overtime period of the gold medal game.


The provincial victory will give The Novas some confidence heading into Thursday’s opening game.


“It certainly helps by giving us that sense of belonging among Atlantic Canada’s best,” MacDonald said. “We are pleased [with] what our team has accomplished this past season but it is important that we put that behind us and continue to build on our success.


“We want to dictate the games on our own end. We know that every game is going to be tough, and we just have to make sure we are ready for that.”


The Whalers and Novas will look to defend Nova Scotia’s crown at the tournament following the NSMBHL’s Bubba Ray’s Gulls’ championship performance at the 2014 Irving Oil Challenge Cup in Mount Pearl, N.L.


The Novas will already have one game under their belts when they meet the Whalers on Thursday night. The Nova Scotia champs take on the St. John’s Ice Breakers earlier in the day at 2 p.m.


If you cannot make it to the Sportsplex to see the games, don’t worry.
All games from the 2015 Irving Oil Challenge Cup will be streamed live online by Bell Aliant Community One. To view those games, please click here.





 
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