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NNEC wins regional final, eyes now on provincials


The News NEW GLASGOW – The NNEC Gryphons have claimed the Division 1 regional banner in boys high school hockey for the third straight year.  

The Gryphons beat the CEC Cougars 2-1 Tuesday night in front of a large crowd at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, in the third game of the best-of-three series. NNEC were already guaranteed a spot at provincials by virtue of the being the host team later this month, but they still wanted to win their way there.

“In high school hockey, a regional banner means a lot,” head coach Mike Stewart said. “We had a strong season and we wanted to prove ourselves in the playoffs.”

Colin Holmes opened the scoring midway through the first assisted by Kirklin Murray, before Truro got on the board with only 23 seconds left in the period.

Following a scoreless middle period, Holmes got his second goal of the night in what proved to be the winning goal, with Tyler Baird assisting on the play. Netminder Matt Murray was outstanding in goal, while the Gryphons played a strong defensive game, even when the Cougars pulled their goalie with 50 seconds remaining in the game.

“All the hard work on and off the ice paid off,” Stewart said. “I’ve got 22 players and everybody’s put it all on the line.”

North Nova will host the Division 1 provincial championships at the wellness centre March 27-29, with eight of the top high school teams from around the province competing.  

“We're going in thinking we can beat any team,” Stewart said.

The Gryphons beat the CEC Cougars 2-1 Tuesday night in front of a large crowd at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, in the third game of the best-of-three series. NNEC were already guaranteed a spot at provincials by virtue of the being the host team later this month, but they still wanted to win their way there.

“In high school hockey, a regional banner means a lot,” head coach Mike Stewart said. “We had a strong season and we wanted to prove ourselves in the playoffs.”

Colin Holmes opened the scoring midway through the first assisted by Kirklin Murray, before Truro got on the board with only 23 seconds left in the period.

Following a scoreless middle period, Holmes got his second goal of the night in what proved to be the winning goal, with Tyler Baird assisting on the play. Netminder Matt Murray was outstanding in goal, while the Gryphons played a strong defensive game, even when the Cougars pulled their goalie with 50 seconds remaining in the game.

“All the hard work on and off the ice paid off,” Stewart said. “I’ve got 22 players and everybody’s put it all on the line.”

North Nova will host the Division 1 provincial championships at the wellness centre March 27-29, with eight of the top high school teams from around the province competing.  

“We're going in thinking we can beat any team,” Stewart said.

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