Novice B win in Kemptville

NGS Novice B Braves champions in Kemptville

The NGS Novice B Braves captured their fourth tournament victory of the 2015-16 season on March 20 in Kemptville. They did so without the services of two of their regular defencemen (Aiden Casselman and Noah Mainville) for the entire event and one of their centres (Carter Rolland) for the first two games.

“Being March Break, we found out we had enough players for this tournament at the last moment so we went ahead and registered,” said manager Sarah Grady. “Thanks to the help from our affiliates Mason (Anderson) and Alex (Simon) and elevated play from the rest of our team, we went out and won our fourth tournament of the season. To do that without some of our regular players, who have helped us do well all year, made it a special win.”

In the championship game, the Braves went head-to-head with the host Kemptville B2 Panthers and participated in their most exciting game of the event.

The Panthers broke out to a 1-0 lead early on before NGS forward Caleb Grady knotted the score midway through the period assisted by Hayden Darling and Alex Simon. Vinny Anderson gave NGS a 2-1 lead in the second period assisted by Darling. The Braves made it 3-1 in the third when Nuttall scored the eventual tournament-winning goal assisted from Anderson cousins Vinny and Mason. The Panthers answered with a tally with three minutes remaining but the Braves held on to the 3-2 victory.

“Not only did the boys go out and win, they did it in exciting fashion,” said assistant coach Joey Sullivan. “Our team drew plenty of praise from our opponents and fans in attendance for the way they moved the puck around, D to D and down low, and played as a team. Even our affiliates chipped in offensively.”

The Braves were excited to welcome back Carter Rolland on championship day on March 20 as the centre was back in time to play in the semi-finals after returning from a family vacation. In the semi-finals, Vinny Anderson scored three goals and two assists as the Braves rolled to an 8-2 win over the Stittsville 3 Red Knights. Simon scored twice and singles went to Kyan Helmer and Hayden Darling. Rolland handed out two assists while Nuttall and Mason Anderson had one helper each.

To open the tournament on March 19, the Braves scored an 8-0 victory over the South End Stars. Nuttall led the way with three goals and an assist, Vinny Anderson scored twice and added an assist and singles went to Darling, Helmer and Josh MacMillan. Lucas Sullivan and Mason Anderson each had two assists while MacMillan added one. Dryden Coleman registered the shutout.

In their second game of the tournament NGS got past co-host Kemptville B1 Panthers 5-3. Grady led the way with three goals and an assist while Nuttall scored twice and added an assist. MacMillan, Darling and Vinny Anderson each added an assist.

Other tournament victories this season for NGS came at home in Finch, in Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury and South Grenville. The Braves sported an overall record of 43-21-1 this season.