ANTIGONISH, N.S. - The Nova Major Bantams rebounded from a Saturday (Jan. 26) loss at home (5-3 to the fourth-place South Shore Lumberjacks) to defeat the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League’s second-place team – the Halifax ACCEL Physio Hawks – 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, at the Antigonish Arena.
Sarah Stewart tied the game for the Novas in the second period and assisted on line-mate Rory Wood’s game-winner, at the 14:14 mark of the third period.
Defenceman Ray MacKinnon added an insurance goal for the Novas with just under six minutes to play.
Jacob Cook, Tully Grant and team leading scorer Tyler Peddle also picked up assists in the win while Jeffrey Quinn made 26 stops to earn the win in goal for the Novas.
Peddle, Liam Trenholm and Kenzie Cameron scored versus the Lumberjacks while Jack Milner manned the pipes for the Novas, making 25 saves. Stewart, Cook, Wood, Cadyn Power and Cody MacDougall picked-up helpers in the contest.
The victory over the Hawks evened the Novas’ record at 13-13, with one overtime loss, on the season; a record earning them 27 points a seventh place standing in the 12-team league. The Novas are on the road this weekend, taking on the third-place Truro Bearcats Saturday, and the Bedford Barons on Sunday. The Barons are ninth in league standings.
They return home the following weekend (Feb. 9 and 10) with games versus the East Hants-based ACA Rangers on Saturday at the Antigonish Arena (1 p.m. puck drop), and Cole Harbour-based Pro Hockey Life Storm on Sunday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Sunday’s game gets underway at 12:30 p.m.