Sports Briefs

Pirate Brendan Kenneth Lanning and the rest of the maroon and white will be back to action this Friday night when hosting the Junior Miners at the Civic Centre.

Major Bantams play for Children’s Wish Foundation

ANTIGONISH: The Nova Major Bantams are playing their Wear It for Wishes game on February 9 at the Antigonish Arena against the ACA Rangers. The puck drops at 1 p.m.

The Children’s Wish Foundation is the organization that the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League commits to raising money for each year. To date, the NSMBHL has raised enough money for four wishes.

All proceeds from the game and additional fundraising by players and families is donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation on behalf of The Novas and The NSMBHL.

The Novas hope to surpass the $2,600 donation that they raised last season.

Novas win some, lose some

ANTIGONISH: The Nova Major Bantams took down the Bedford Barons 3-0 last Saturday. On Sunday, Kings Mutual outscored the Novas 5-1.

Top scorers on Saturday were Tyler Peddle, with two goals; Ryan Digout, a goal; and Sarah Stewart and Rory Wood, both managing helpers. Goalie Jack Milner faced 23 shots.

On Sunday, Peddle (from Tully Grant and Jacob Cook) scored. Jeffery Quinn was in net for the Novas.

The Novas have four home games remaining this month including, on January 19, the Dartmouth Whalers visiting the Antigonish Arena at 5 p.m. On January 20, the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre has the Wear Well Bombers take on the Novas at 12:30 p.m.

Following that, the South Shore Lumberjacks visit the Novas on January 26 (at 5 p.m.) and the ACCEL Physio Major Bantams take on the Novas on January 27 (at 12:30 p.m.). Both games are in Antigonish.

With a record of 11-11-1, the Novas are sixth in the 12-team league.

Highlanders win

SACKVILLE: The Cabot Highlanders scored an overtime win last Sunday in a 2-1 final. It was the second win of the season for the Highlanders.

Nolan MacPhee (from Drew MacDonald) had the Highlander goal. Adam Tkack faced 39 shots in net.

The Highlanders will be in action on Saturday, January 19, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The Fundy Thunder will be in town for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Hurricane drops Warriors

LOUISDALE: On December 19, Jacob Cotton popped two goals for the Richmond Hurricane to skate to a 3-2 win over the Eskasoni Warriors in Cape Breton West High School Hockey League (CBWHSHL) action. Colin Sampson had a goal and assist, whereas Cameron Britten and Xavier Sampson had assists.

Luke Sampson was in net.

Rebels over Dragons

INVERNESS: In Cape Breton West High School hockey action on December 28, the Baddeck/Inverness Rebels defeated the Dalbrae Dragons 2-1. Scoring for the Rebels were Will Basker and Michael Cameron with Ben Van Zutphen scoring for the Dragons.

Hunter Forance collected the win in nets, with Boyd MacIntyre on the losing end.

Hurricane wins again

BADDECK: In high school hockey action, the Richmond Hurricanes defeated Baddeck/Inverness Rebels last Friday night. The final was 5-2.

Richmond goal scorers were Cameron Britten, Adam Sampson, Duncan White, Danny McNamara, and Thomas MacNeil. Replying for the Rebels were Michael Cameron and Frankie MacNeil.

Upcoming high school hockey games

STRAIT AREA: Three high school hockey games are scheduled this week.

Tonight (Wednesday, January 9) the SAERC Saints host the Richmond Hurricane at 7 p.m.

The Dalbrae Dragons visit Richmond on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and the Inverness Rebels visit Dalbrae at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Islanders garner four points over the holidays

PORT HOOD: On December 19, the Cape Breton West Islanders skated to a 4-1 win over the Pictou Weeks Midgets.

Goalie Kenzie MacPhail, who was recently named to the Hockey Nova Scotia Canada Games team, allowed one goal in the first frame, but he closed the door on all Pictou opportunities in the remaining two periods. The Isles outshot Pictou 39-33.

Leading the West’s efforts were Matthew Raike, a goal and two helpers; James Beaton, a goal and an assist; Daniel Gillis, two helpers; Neal MacLean and Jason Johnson, a goal each; and Sam Grant, Luke Hadley, and Luke Gould, all with assists.

On December 27, Islander captain Darren Waterman assisted on four of his team’s goals in a 6-4 win over the Cape Breton Tradesmen.

Matthew Ellis had two goals, and Lewis Taylor, Gould, and Johnson all had a goal and assist. Lowell MacDonald popped a goal, and managing assists were Raike, MacLean, Gillis, and Daniel LeBlanc.

MacPhail was in net.

Pirates return to action

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League-leaguing Strait Pirates return to action this Friday (January 11) for a game against the Glace Bay Miners.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Winter sportfishing season now open

HALIFAX: Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and head to one of the province’s open waterways for the winter fishing season. It opened on New Year’s Day.

“Sportfishing is a popular outdoor activity that our province offers and generates over $58 million in revenue annually,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Safety is very important when fishing in the winter.

“I want to remind anglers to dress in layers and if fishing through the ice to check the ice thickness and conditions before proceeding.”

Freshwater lakes open for winter provide a chance to fish for brook and rainbow trout, white and yellow perch and chain pickerel around the province. The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture stock many lakes with trout every winter to ensure anglers have a good chance to catch a fish.

A general fishing licence is required to winter fish and can be purchased at Department of Lands and Forestry offices. Licences purchased in 2018 are valid until March 31.

Anglers can take advantage of the annual winter sportfishing weekend Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, when residents and non-residents can fish in open winter sportfishing areas without a licence.