NGS Novice B Braves victorious in EPR Fusion Tournament
The NGS Novice B Braves recognized one of their teammates and coaches with blue tape on their sticks during World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. The team cohesiveness helped lead to an A championship title during the EPR Fusion Tournament in Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill Nov. 14 and 15. Pictured from left are: Noah Mainville, Carter Rolland, Lukas Sullivan, Vinny Anderson, Blake Nuttall, Dryden Coleman, Josh MacMillan, Caleb Grady, Hayden Darling, Aiden Casselman and Kyan Helmer.
Photo: Lindsay Mcintosh-Mainville
NGS Novice B Braves victorious again!
The NGS Novice B Braves have started the 2015-16 season with two tournament championships. After claiming the A title in their home tournament on Oct. 24 in Finch, the Braves repeated the feat in Vankleek Hill on Nov. 15.
NGS skated to a 3-0 victory over host Eastern Prescott Russell (EPR) Fusion in the championship game. It took just 21 seconds after puck drop for NGS’ Hayden Darling to open the scoring of the game with a tally that stood as the championship-winning goal. Blake Nuttall assisted the play. Vinny Anderson and Nuttall provided insurance goals in the middle frame and goaltender Dryden Coleman made some quality stops to preserve the shutout victory, his third of the tournament.
After the game Caleb Grady and Carter Rolland were recognized as Hustlers of the Game while Nuttall was awarded the Monster of the Tournament Trophy after leading the event in scoring.
To reach the final, NGS defeated the Akwesasne Wolves 9-5 in the semifinals. Trailing 4-2 after the opening period, the Braves coaching staff calmed down the skaters encouraging them to get back to a team-first style of play. The results were evident. Nuttall led the way with four goals while Anderson potted a pair. Kyan Helmer, Mainville and Rolland had the other NGS goals. Anderson was named Hustler of the Game for NGS.
To open the weekend, the Braves skated to a 4-0 win over Embrun Panthers 1 on Nov. 14 in Hawkesbury. Rolland opened and closed the scoring of the game sandwiching goals from Nuttall and Grady. Lukas Sullivan turned in a flawless game on defence and was recognized as the Hustler of the Game.
In their second game on Nov. 14, NGS rolled past Leitrim 14-0. Nuttall and Josh MacMillan both scored three goals while two-goal performances went to Anderson, Rolland and Noah Mainville. Grady and Lukas Sullivan capped the scoring for NGS. Grady, Darling, Nuttall and Mainville had assists. Nuttall was named the NGS Hustler of the Game.