Nighthawks boys’ hockey winners

Sports

TRENTON — The Northumberland Nighthawks will contest the Northumberland Region boy’s high school hockey championship.

Ben MacDonald scored twice and Brayden LeBlanc collected the shutout during the Nighthawks’ 3-0 victory over the North Nova Gryphons in the deciding game of their best-of-three regional semifinal playoff series last Friday in Trenton.

Cal Maxner also scored for the Nighthawks.

The teams split the first two games, with the Gryphons winning on February 18 in Trenton and the Nighthawks forcing the third game with a win on February 19 in Westville.

The Nighthawks will face the winning team in the series between the Cobequid Cougars and the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish.

Meanwhile, North Nova is hosting the provincial girls’ hockey championship March 8 to 10 in Thorburn.

The Gryphons finished first in the regular season and awaited the outcome of the match between fourth seed Pictou Academy and fifth seed Hants East.

Northumberland and Cobequid were in the other semifinal series.

Pictou and Cobequid advanced to face each other on Tuesday in Truro. The game was postponed from Monday when schools in the region closed due to the most recent storm.

BASKETBALL

North Nova basketball teams are heading in different directions.

The varsity girls won the regional banner by defeating Gillis 78-67 and will head to the provincial championship hosted by the Riverview Reds in Cape Breton.

The JV Girls basketball won the regional banner and advanced to Provincials last week at Horton High School.

The JV boys defeated Memorial High in a qualifier to go to Provincials at Riverview High.

Northumberland ousted North Nova in regional varsity boys’ basketball.

North Nova’s Grade 9 boys and girls basketball teams were scheduled to participate in their respective districts.

Ski and snowboard teams are preparing for their respective regional competitions. Provincials for snowboard are March 4, and March 6 for ski.

Rugby teams have begun workouts at the Sobey Indoor Soccer Complex.


Cade Mason, No. 88, of the Nighthawks, controls the puck behind the net on Friday in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)