NGS Novice B Braves Win South Grenville Tournament
The NGS Novice B Braves won the A championship at the South Grenville Tournament in Prescott on
February 14. Pictured in front is Dryden Coleman. Second row from left: Blake Nuttall, Caleb Grady,
Aiden Casselman, Noah Mainville, Kyan Helmer and Lukas Sullivan. Third row: Hayden Darling, Josh
MacMillan, Vincent Anderson and Carter Rolland. Back row: assistant coach Joey Sullivan, head coach
Todd Anderson and assistant coach John Grady.
Photo: Lindsay Mcintosh-Mainville
Energy leads to dominance for NGS Novice B Braves
The NGS Novice B Braves saved their best for last at the annual South Grenville Novice B Tournament
held from February 12 to 14 in Prescott and Spencerville.
Playing their sixth game of the event, and third match in a span of four-and-a-half hours on
championship Sunday, the Braves’ energized fore-check, unselfish passing and dedication to protecting
the defensive zone led to a 7-1 victory over a talented Carleton Place Kings team in the A championship.
The Kings actually led the championship game, scoring just 1:49 into the first period. The Braves didn’t
let the early setback ruin their day though and they knotted the score at 1-1 midway through the frame
when Hayden Darling found the back of the net.
In the second period Caleb Grady and Darling scored to triple the NGS lead.
As the game grew in length, the advantage on NGS’ side became more evident. The energy level was
outstanding. The Braves received four more goals in the third period as Grady capped off his hatrick with
two goals and Noah Mainville and Josh MacMillan each added singles. Grady, Darling and Carter Rolland
each handed out two assists with Vincent Anderson and Blake Nuttall collecting one each. Saving his
best game for the final, Grady was the choice for Hustler of the Game for NGS.
“It was essential to come out and play hard against a good Carleton Place team,” said assistant coach
Joey Sullivan. “The reason we were so good in the game is an indication of how bad the boys wanted it.”
In their six tournament games, the Braves outscored the opposition 36-5.
To reach the final, the Braves escaped the semi-finals with an exciting 2-1 victory over Lower St.
Lawrence Division rival Cornwall 2 Colts.
Again, NGS found themselves behind the eight ball as Cornwall scored midway through the first period
when Matteo Dixon gave the Colts a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second period the Braves headed into
the third period down but determined to find a way back into the game. It took less than a minute to
make that happen as Nuttall scored from linemates Anderson and Kyan Helmer to tie the score. The
Braves capped off the rally when Nuttall capitalized from a scramble in front of the net to give his team
the go-ahead goal, which eventually stood up as the winner, with three minutes remaining. Rolland’s
resiliency after an injury early in the game, and his willingness to switch from forward to defence when
called upon, were the main reasons he was chosen as NGS’ Hustler of the Game.
NGS started off championship Sunday with a 5-0 win over the Kemptville B1 Panthers. Darling started off
his prolific day with a goal and an assist. Anderson had a goal and an assist as well in the win. Rolland,
Nuttall and Helmer had the other goals with Grady and Aiden Casselman recording assists. Continuing
his emergence with stellar play in between the pipes, Dryden Coleman was masterful in the game and
recorded the shutout. Coleman recorded all six victories for NGS in the tournament. Defenceman Lukas
Sullivan played a poised, focussed game in the quarter-finals and was named NGS Hustler of the Game.
To kick off the tournament on the morning of February 12, the Braves scored a 6-2 victory over a tough
Kemptville B2 Panthers squad. Nuttall led the charge with two goals and an assist while Darling and
Rolland each had a goal an assist. Helmer and Grady rounded out the scoring for NGS. Anderson had two
assists in the win. Casselman was a safety net on the Braves’ blueline and always in excellent position in
the defensive zone earning NGS Hustler of the Game honours.
The Braves won their second game of the round robin 11-0 against the North Dundas B1 Demons.
Anderson and Nuttall each had two goals and two assists; Darling scored two goals and one assist;
Casselman scored twice; Grady had a goal and two assists; Rolland had a goal and an assist and Helmer
capped the scoring for NGS. MacMillan, Mainville and Sullivan each picked up one assist for NGS
ensuring all team members had at least one point in the win. Darling was recognized for his dogged
pursuit of the puck and net presence as the NGS Hustler of the Game.
In their third round robin game on March 13, the Braves went head-to-head with the Pointe Claire
Remparts. Again NGS put together a strong effort for all three periods, rolling to a 5-1 victory. Grady was
in a giving mood as he handed out four assists. Nuttall scored twice with singles going to Rolland, Darling
and Mainville. MacMillan, Darling and Anderson each had an assist in the win. Helmer used his blazing
speed to draw several scoring chances for NGS and was a deserving winner of the Hustler of the Game