TRENTON – The Northern Nova Wolves recently captured the gold medal at the Atlantic Cup in Halifax. “We were the underdogs since the first of the season and we were even questioned by the owner: ‘Do you think you are even going to be able to contend in our Tier 1 Division with the amount of Rec players you have on your team,’” coach Freddie MacKay said.
The Wolves went 11-1 during the regular season with 64 goals for and only 34 goals against, faced teams with 11 AAA players and another team with Bantam AA players.
The Wolves after winning the regular season decided to join the Atlantic Cup which featured teams from all over the Maritime Provinces.
The Wolves got off to a bad start, losing their first game 3-2 against the New Brunswick Jaguars but didn’t let that faze them. They pushed forward winning their next three games.
The Wolves defeated the N.S. Lions 4-1. Derrick MacKay picked up the win in nets.
The Wolves defeated the Fredericton Hawks 3-1, with Jonny Mason between the pipes, and Wolves defeated the N.B. Gusto Knights 7-0 with Derrick MacKay getting the win in nets.
That was enough to advance the Wolves to the gold medal game where they would take on the undefeated Cape Breton Hawks.
The Wolves controlled all three periods and came away with a 4-0 victory.
MacKay and Mason combined to register the shutout.
Members of the Northern Nova Wolves who recently won the Atlantic Cup hockey tournament are shown above. Front row, from left: Ryan Chapman, goalie John Mason, Ethan MacLean, Cole Bryden, Harley Clarke and goalie Derrick MacKay. Back row: coach Dan McNutt, Owen McNutt, Landon Martin, Porter McNamara, Owen Chisholm, Gavin Harrison, Maddux MacKenzie, Matt Merryweather, Rory Cameron, Ethan MacKay, Thomas Hillier, coach Freddy MacKay, Leland Tobin and coach Mike Chapman. (Submitted photo)