Novas earn 3 points in weekend action

PORT HAWKESBURY: It was a three-point weekend for the local Major Bantams.

The Novas fell 6-5 in overtime to ACCEL Physio in Halifax on Sunday afternoon.

The teams were heading into the first intermission tied 1-1, with a goal from Liam Berthiaume, until the Halifax-based squad scored with one second left in the stanza. Tyler Peddle scored the only goal in the second period so the teams were tied again going into the third.

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The teams traded early third period goals, with Ryan Digout giving the Novas a short-lived lead. The Novas pulled ahead by two, with Berthiaume adding another and Coady MacDougall scoring with just over six minutes left to play. However, the home team scored twice in the last 31 seconds to send the game to overtime.

ACCEL Physio is the second place team in the league with only two losses so far this season.

Novas head coach Mike Stewart called them a good hockey team, with players who believe in their system.

“I think the lesson for our guys is to stay the course,” he said. “I think something our guys can take away from today is believe in the system, play 50 minutes, don’t let opponents back in, especially a good team, take nothing for granted, Find a way win, don’t find a way to lose.”

On Saturday, the Nova Major Bantams dropped the Joneljim Cougars 4-2 at the Antigonish Arena. Liam Trenholm scored first for the local team, tying the game with a power play goal to tie the game in the second. The Cougars replied before Peddle tied the game with five seconds to play in the second period on another power play.

Cadyn Power scored what proved to be the winner with less than two minutes left to play in the second and Brent O’Handley scored an insurance short-handed marker with less than a minute to play.

Stewart praised his whole team, noting Jack Milner came up with some big saves in the third period. Milner made 32 saves in the game.

With special teams playing a hand in three of his team’s wins, Stewart said it is something the team has worked on.

“At this level, it’s something you have to work on,” he said. “We took our time introducing the kids to our special teams this year because they’re a young hockey team. They’re coming along.”

The Novas next hit the ice in Antigonish on December 1 to take on the Truro Bearcats at 5 p.m. and are at home again the following day, this time in Port Hawkesbury, to take on the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm.