Nighthawks hockey gold medalists


ALMA โ€“ The Northumberland Nighthawks have won the 42nd Red Cup Showcase that ended last Sunday at the Cape Breton County Recreation Centre in Coxheath.

Tournament most valuable player Joseph Mason, Luke Young, and Brycen MacDonald combined for 19 points as the Nighthawks, who finished fourth in the round robin but posted a 3-2 victory over the Glace Bay Panthers in the championship game.

Luke Young, who won the sportsmanship award, was effective in the faceoff circle and had some key wins down the stretch in the finale.

The Riverview Redmen hosted the tournament, whose other teams included the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals, Sydney Academy and Memorial from Northside.

The Nighthawks followed an opening 7-3 victory over the Dalbrae Dragons with a 2-1 overtime loss to Riverview and a 6-2 loss to Glace Bay.

Northumberland rebounded with a 7-2 victory over the Redmen, while Glace Bay advanced by defeating the Royals 3-1.

The goaltending duo of Brayden LeBlanc and Cody MacDougall were stellar in the semi-final and final and, between the two, had three player-of-the-game awards throughout the weekend.

Jayden Hatchard earned the Barney Peters Memorial award.

The Northumberland Nighthawks recently won the Red Cup Showcase hockey tournament at the Cape Breton County Recreation Centre. Front row, from left: Cody MacDougall and Brayden LeBlanc. Middle row: Connor MacLeod, Jayden Hatchard, Dylan Kontuk, Cal Maxner, Lucas Fraser, Luke Young and Sam Hickey. Back row :Joseph Mason, Nick Horne, Keegan Murray, Brycen MacDonald, Matt Carson, Thomas Kennaley, Liam Berthiaume, Cale Archibald, MacLean Tobin, Cam MacKinnon, Cole Green, and assistant coach Fraser Green. Missing from photo: Skyler Earle, head coach Chris Hatchard and assistant coaches Charles Maxner and Troy MacDonald. (Submitted photo)