Nighthawks host Div. I hockey finals


WESTVILLE — It’s time for provincial championship hockey and the Northumberland Nighthawks hope they can continue the success they have enjoyed in the 2019-20 season.

The Nighthawks are hosting the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I boys’ high school hockey championship from Friday through Sunday in Westville.

Teams confirmed, besides the Nighthawks, include the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish, who won the Northumberland Region championship by eliminating the Cobequid Cougars and the North Nova Gryphons.

The Nighthawks are in Pool A with Auburn Drive, Riverview and Halifax West. The Royals, Horton, C.P. Allen and Glace Bay are n Pool B.

Northumberland will meet Auburn Drive in the tournament’s first game at 9 a.m. on Friday and will host Riverview after opening ceremonies at 5:40 p.m. on Friday.

The Nighthawks’ third game will be against Halifax West at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday.

The top two teams from each pool will be in crossover games at 6 and 7:40 p.m. on Saturday.

The winners will meet for the championship at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The North Nova Gryphons advanced to the final by defeating Northumberland in two straight games after an opening 6-2 loss but lost two straight to the Royals. The first game was played last week in Antiigonish. The Royals completed their mission by defeating North Nova last Friday in Trenton.

Nighthawks coach Chris Hatchard said he feels confident about their chances this weekend.

“I like our team,” he said. “We’re healthy. We’re a relentless bunch with solid defence and good goaltending.”

The Nighthawks boast three tournament triumphs this season. They won the 2019 Allan Cameron Memorial tournament in Trenton, as well as the 2020 Danny Dorrington tournament they hosted in Westville and the Red Cup Hockey Showcase they won more recently in Coxheath, N.S.

The Northumberland Nighthawks will host the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I boys’ high school hockey championship this weekend in Westville. Front row, from left: Brayden LeBlanc, Cal Maxner, Connor MacLeod, Sam Hickey, Jayden Hatchard, Lucas Fraser and Cody MacDougall. Back row: coaches Chris Hatchard and Chuck Maxner, Cameron MacKinnon, Nick Horne, Liam Berthiaume, Luke Young, Mathew Carson, Cole Green, Brycen MacDonald, Keegan Murray, Cale Archibald, Joseph Mason, Dylan Kontuk, Thomas Kennaley and coaches Fraser Green and Troy MacDonald. Missing: Skyler Earle and MacLean Tobin. (Goodwin photo)