ANTIGONISH: The Nova Major Bantams went 3-0 in round robin but were bounced in the playoffs at the Monctonian Challenge Hockey Tournament over the weekend.
The team kicked things off with a 4-1 win over the Prince County Warriors. Tyler Peddle and Tully Grant each had a goal and an assist, with Daniel Chiasson and Alexander MacIsaac adding single markers. The same night, they dropped the Port City Sharks 6-2. Peddle scored twice with Rory Wood, Riley Sampson, Luke Cormier and Neil MacKinnon chipping in. The team closed out the round robin against their Cape Breton rivals, the Joneljim Cougars. Peddle, Wood, Sampson and Marcus Pelly Conrad all found the back of the net in the win.
Head Coach Jamie Mattie said the team finished round robin second overall out of 24 teams.
In their first playoff game, the Novas held their own early against the KV Kings, leading 2-1 after the first. However, the Kings pulled away in the second and scored three goals before the Novas could reply in the third. The final was 5-3. Grant scored twice and Cody MacDougall added the other for the Novas.
“It was a tough game,” explained Mattie. “We got behind early, in the first 10 seconds of the game, but then came back. It was a little disappointing knowing that it wasn’t our best effort and we could give more.”
Looking at the positives, Mattie said there was a lot they can take from the loss and tournament overall. He pointed to the KV Kings making it to the final before losing in the final in overtime.
“It shows that if we have a complete effort, that we can play with anyone at the Atlantic level,” said Mattie.
The Novas are on the road this weekend, with games against the South Shore Lumberjacks and Kings Mutual.