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Cougars hosting Nighthawks for Game 1 of regional final Feb. 27

CEC Cougars defenceman Jeremy O'Connell fends off a Dr. JH Gillis Royals player during Game 1 action in the NSSAF Northumberland region semifinal series. The Cougars won the best-of-three affair 2-1 to book a spot in the final against the Northumberland Nighthawks.
CEC Cougars defenceman Jeremy O'Connell fends off a Dr. JH Gillis Royals player during Game 1 action in the NSSAF Northumberland region semifinal series. The Cougars won the best-of-three affair 2-1 to book a spot in the final against the Northumberland Nighthawks. - Joey Smith

TRURO, N.S. – The Cobequid Cougars are facing off against the Northumberland Nighthawks in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 1 boys Northumberland region hockey final.

Game 1 in the best-of-three series is Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Truro at 6 p.m. Game 2 is Friday at 7 p.m. in Westville and Game 3, if necessary, will be played Saturday at the Colchester Legion Stadium, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Cougars earned their spot in the regional final after defeating the Dr. JH Gillis Royals 3-1 in the deciding game of a semifinal series last Saturday.

Liam Atwater netted the winning goal at 6:17 of the third period and Braden Gray sealed it with an empty-netter in the dying minutes. Joe Fagioli had the other CEC goal and Steven Jackson made 17 saves between the pipes.

The Royals forced Game 3 after a 3-2 victory on home ice last Friday. Calum MacLeod and Jackson Haight scored for CEC and Cody Patriquin played nets.

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