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Sports Scene:Debert bantam hockey club off to good start, West Colchester running strong


The West Colchester Minor Hockey Association is off to a great start this season, with approximately 150 players registered.

“We are either equal or a little bit up compared to last year,” association president Alex Peters said. “I feel things are coming along pretty good in all age categories. We are pleased to have the same number of teams playing out of Debert this year as last year but with slightly bigger rosters.”

Last Saturday afternoon saw the association’s bantam house league team, West Colchester Cobras, skate to a 7-3 win over the Brookfield Elks in a game played at the Sportsplex in Brookfield. It was the team’s second-straight win after edging Truro Amero 3-2 in their season opener. Kobe Nicholas, a tall, rangy defenseman who can also play centre, fired one goal and added two assists in the win against the Elks.

“I found it an exciting game,” Nicholas, 14, of North River, said. “We trailed 3-1 early in the game. But, we got on track and put it all together. Overall, we played a pretty good game and I think our passing was a factor.”

Nicholas described his third period goal.

“I poke-checked one of the Elks players along the boards. I skated towards their net and passed the puck to Ryan Higgins who was in the clear. Ryan’s shot went off the goalpost. I was standing right there, their goaltender was out of position and I fired the puck into the net.”

Declan Hearn, a rookie who played peewee hockey in Truro last season, had two goals in the win.

“The passing is really good with this year’s team,” Hearn, 12, of Onslow Mountain, said. “Every player is about the team and our moving the puck around a lot really helps. Hockey is a team-game and that’s the only way to play it.”

Cameron Lynds, who travels from Wallace to play with the Cobras, enjoyed his second straight two-goal game.

“I try my hardest,” Lynds, 12, said. “I always want to help the team. I know I haven’t got any assists yet this year but if I play for the team, assists will come. I feel passing the puck to a teammate is really important.”

Playing his second straight strong game in goal for the Cobras, Luke Vantol is making quite a transition after playing forward and defense the past two seasons in bantam and peewee ranks.

“Last season, I began thinking I’d like to try playing goal,” Vantol, 14, of Debert, said. “This year the opportunity came up and I jumped at the chance. I try to make the big save because it gives your team life and gets their confidence up.”

He credits goalie coach Troy Higgins with helping him make the transition.

Mike Spencer, the team’s head coach, likes what he’s seeing in Vantol.

“Luke is playing really well,” Spencer said. “One of the key factors of him playing goal, Kirk Blackmore, a former goaltender, donated his goaltending gear so that Luke would have the goalie’s equipment. I found this to be quite a nice thing for someone to do.”

Assistant coaches with the Cobras, who were undefeated last season, are Paul Spence, Gordie Shipley, Allan Porter and Jeff Miller. Five girls help make up the team’s roster including Haley Spencer, the coach’s daughter.

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In an event that will take place November 15, local motorcycle driver Gary MacKinnon will be inducted into the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame located in Petitcodiac, N.B. The induction ceremony will be held at the Delta Conference Centre in Charlottetown.

MacKinnon, 62, of Debert, has been racing motorcycles for 43 years. Still a regular at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, MacKinnon races a SVL 650 and a Ninja 250.

During this past summer MacKinnon set a new Atlantic Motorsport Park track record driving his Ninja 250.

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Lyle Carter’s sports column appears Saturdays in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.

 

 

“We are either equal or a little bit up compared to last year,” association president Alex Peters said. “I feel things are coming along pretty good in all age categories. We are pleased to have the same number of teams playing out of Debert this year as last year but with slightly bigger rosters.”

Last Saturday afternoon saw the association’s bantam house league team, West Colchester Cobras, skate to a 7-3 win over the Brookfield Elks in a game played at the Sportsplex in Brookfield. It was the team’s second-straight win after edging Truro Amero 3-2 in their season opener. Kobe Nicholas, a tall, rangy defenseman who can also play centre, fired one goal and added two assists in the win against the Elks.

“I found it an exciting game,” Nicholas, 14, of North River, said. “We trailed 3-1 early in the game. But, we got on track and put it all together. Overall, we played a pretty good game and I think our passing was a factor.”

Nicholas described his third period goal.

“I poke-checked one of the Elks players along the boards. I skated towards their net and passed the puck to Ryan Higgins who was in the clear. Ryan’s shot went off the goalpost. I was standing right there, their goaltender was out of position and I fired the puck into the net.”

Declan Hearn, a rookie who played peewee hockey in Truro last season, had two goals in the win.

“The passing is really good with this year’s team,” Hearn, 12, of Onslow Mountain, said. “Every player is about the team and our moving the puck around a lot really helps. Hockey is a team-game and that’s the only way to play it.”

Cameron Lynds, who travels from Wallace to play with the Cobras, enjoyed his second straight two-goal game.

“I try my hardest,” Lynds, 12, said. “I always want to help the team. I know I haven’t got any assists yet this year but if I play for the team, assists will come. I feel passing the puck to a teammate is really important.”

Playing his second straight strong game in goal for the Cobras, Luke Vantol is making quite a transition after playing forward and defense the past two seasons in bantam and peewee ranks.

“Last season, I began thinking I’d like to try playing goal,” Vantol, 14, of Debert, said. “This year the opportunity came up and I jumped at the chance. I try to make the big save because it gives your team life and gets their confidence up.”

He credits goalie coach Troy Higgins with helping him make the transition.

Mike Spencer, the team’s head coach, likes what he’s seeing in Vantol.

“Luke is playing really well,” Spencer said. “One of the key factors of him playing goal, Kirk Blackmore, a former goaltender, donated his goaltending gear so that Luke would have the goalie’s equipment. I found this to be quite a nice thing for someone to do.”

Assistant coaches with the Cobras, who were undefeated last season, are Paul Spence, Gordie Shipley, Allan Porter and Jeff Miller. Five girls help make up the team’s roster including Haley Spencer, the coach’s daughter.

* * * * * * * * * * *

In an event that will take place November 15, local motorcycle driver Gary MacKinnon will be inducted into the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame located in Petitcodiac, N.B. The induction ceremony will be held at the Delta Conference Centre in Charlottetown.

MacKinnon, 62, of Debert, has been racing motorcycles for 43 years. Still a regular at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, MacKinnon races a SVL 650 and a Ninja 250.

During this past summer MacKinnon set a new Atlantic Motorsport Park track record driving his Ninja 250.

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Lyle Carter’s sports column appears Saturdays in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.

 

 

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