ANTIGONISH: Aided by honourary Nova Major Bantam John Michael Kennedy, the local team connected for three goals in the third period of last Saturday’s game against the ACA Rangers to skate to a 5-2 win.
“It was a good event,” said coach Mike Stewart, who said he was happy the Nova’s Wish Maker game was so well attended.
The team was playing its “Wear It for Wishes” game in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. The Children’s Wish Foundation kid benefiting from the fundraising at the game was Port Hawkesbury’s John Michael Kennedy.
Kennedy was made an honourary Major Bantam and had the opportunity to hang out with the crew prior to the game. He was also involved with the pregame face-off. Maybe best of all, $2,200 was raised for Kennedy, and that number is on the rise. The Novas are selling Subway Discount Cards for the next couple of weeks in support of the 16-year old living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
“It’s a worthy charity, and it was great to see John Michael in attendance,” Stewart said.
The Novas managed a one-goal lead at the end of the first period, with Ryan Digout (unassisted) putting the puck in the net. Digout helped set up the Nova’s second period goal, popped by Leyton Stewart and setting the score at 2-1 going into the third.
In the final period, Tyler Peddle (from Ray MacKinnon and Tully Grant) scored the game winner. He was followed by Sarah Stewart (Brent O’Handley and Cadyn Power) and Liam Berthiaume (from Leyton Stewart and MacKinnon).
Goalie Jack Milner stopped 22 of 24 shots.
“We played a complete 50-minute game, and that was good to see,” the coach said. “We just need to keep that consistency going on Sunday.
“We seem to have fallen into a pattern where we have a really good game on Saturday but don’t have the same effort on Sunday. It’s been plaguing us all year. A win in that game would have put us in a favourable position to have home-ice advantage in the playoffs, but it is what it is.
“The kids have to learn to play consistence day-in and day-out.”
On Sunday, the Harbour Storm skated to a 4-1 win over the local crew. Peddle had a power play goal for the Novas, set-up by Sarah Stewart and Cody Van de Sande.
Next weekend, the Novas visit St, Margarets Bay for a Saturday game against the Gulls. On Sunday at the Antigonish Arena, the Novas host the Joneljim Cougars at 11:30 a.m.
That will wrap up regular season action for the Novas.