Yes our team loves to play the game. Yes we like to be successful on the ice. But this year our players took their success to an off ice event. They held a skip-a-thon to raise money for Christmas Daddies. Their efforts raised $2,645. How great is that. Thank you to the players, organizers and donors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
After suffering a 5-4 lose on Saturday to the Western Hurricanes, we bounced back with a 7-5 win over The Gulls lead by Pilling, Sinclair and Ford. Pilling had his 2nd hat-trick in three weeks and added 4 assists for a 7 point night. Sinclair also scored 7 points with 2 goals and 5 assists. Linemate Ford popped in a goal and 3 helpers as well for a 4 point night.
We trailed 4-3 heading into the 3rd period but outscored the Gulls 4-1 to claim the victory on Matthew Burke's game winning Power Play goal. A MacDonald added an apple. Stonehouse was solid between the pipes in a wide open game.
On Saturday we fell behind 5-1 early in the 3rd but fought back to make it 5-4, only to come-up 1 goal short. Sinclair with 2 goals and 2 assists, Pilling with 1 goal and 3 helpers lead the scoring. Ford scored our 4th goal and Sudds added an apple. Stonehouse and Shimon shared the goaltending duties.
We now sit 9-9 on the season. We will not be playing Dec 4th or 5th, so we have a weekend off. We then finish with 4 games in December before our Christmas break. We will play the Valley for two Dec 11 at 7:15 and Dec 12 at 11:15. The following week we will host the East Hants Rangers for two. December 18 at 7:15 and Dec 20th 11:15. All games will be played at the Emera Centre.
After 16 games into the season we evened our record at 8-8 when Andrew Shimon kick out 19 shots to get the shutout. Rory Pilling with 5-points including a hat-trick lead the offense. Not too far behind was Luke Sinclair and Matthew Burke with 4 points each, including 3 assists each. Jesse Cathcart with his 1st goalie of the season and Brody Ford scored a goal apiece. Brody Dawson and Rory Mills both added 2 assists and Cole Murphy added an assist.
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EDITORS NOTE: The change to this story is the cancellation of the Cougars' games against Bedford on Friday and Saturday. Both games have been rescheduled for next weekend. UPDATED: Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m.Keegan O’Neill doesn’t have to be told how important this weekend is for the Joneljim Cougars.
The Nova Scotia Under-15 Major Hockey League team is one point out of a playoff spot with four games remaining in the regular season, all in the comforts of the Emera Centre Northside in North Sydney.
Cape Breton’s lone league representative currently sits in ninth place in the 12-team league with a 9-11-1-0 record and 19 points.
Entering the final week, seven teams are battling to secure one of eight playoff spots.
Only four points separate the No. 5 seed Novas of Antigonish and the No. 11 seed Valley Wildcats with South Shore, Dartmouth, Halifax, the Cougars and Bedford in between with 21, 20 and 19 points respectively.
“It’s been a very close and competitive race this year — it’s been different from previous years,” said O’Neill, who enters the weekend leading the team with 10 goals and 21 points in 21 games.
“We have to be on our game every day in order to get wins and move up in the standings. Our team knows what we have to do, and we’ll be ready to play, for sure.”
HOLDING THEIR OWN FAITH
The North Sydney-based Cougars had the opportunity last weekend to help their cause but they dropped a 5-2 decision to the second-place Gulls of St. Margarets Bay on Sunday and lost 3-0 to the Rangers of East Hants on Saturday.
Cape Breton will open the weekend on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. against the No. 6 seed South Shore Lumberjacks. They will also play Sunday at 11:15 a.m. against the WearWell Bombers of Pictou County. The Cougars were scheduled to play the No. 10 seed Bedford Blue Battalion Barons on Friday and Saturday, however, due to weather conditons, those games were rescheduled for next weekend in North Sydney.
O’Neill, 14, admits the team hasn’t played four games in one weekend during the regular season before but he believes his teammates will prepare themselves for the challenge.
“We have to get lots of water into us and we have to get lots of rest when we can,” said O’Neill, whose first cousin is Chad O’Neill of Glace Bay, the leading scorer for the Kameron Jr. Miners.
“After Friday’s game, we will have to get home quick, have a bite to eat and rest up. We have to be ready to play this weekend — our season counts on it.”
O’Neill, a Glace Bay native, isn’t the only player providing offence for the Cougars this season.
Tyler Seymour is second on the team in points (19) with nine goals, while Rory Pilling has 17 points including five goals, and Hudson Clarke has 16 points with nine markers.
Last season, the No. 11 seed Cougars posted one of the biggest upsets in league history, knocking off the No. 2 seed Gulls in the first-round of the league playoffs, advancing to the provincial championship in Antigonish — which ultimately was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the time, the Cougars had made league history with the series win becoming the lowest seed to ever win a playoff series, according to data dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Seven players from the 2019-20 team are still playing with the Cougars, which is a bonus according to O’Neill.
“We’re going to try to lead the way,” said O’Neill, noting the team was an underdog during the 2019-20 campaign.
“We have the experience from last year’s playoff run and we have to set an example for the younger guys and show them that hard work pays off — we need that hard work from everyone this weekend.”
AFTER THE WEEKEND
The No. 8 seed Halifax Wolverines will play the last place Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm of Cole Harbour Wednesday night at Cole Harbour Place. The Cougars have two games in hand on Halifax against Bedford.
O’Neill isn’t focused on what other teams have to do, but rather he is looking at what his team can control themselves.
“We have to think about our team first and let the rest all play out,” said O’Neill. “All we have to focus on right now is winning games and if we do that we should be able to get a playoff spot.”
The Cape Breton Post contacted Cougars head coach Brandon Syms for comment but was unable to immediately reach him at press time.
No playoff information has yet been released by the league but the top eight teams are expected to begin their respective playoff series' sometime next week.
Seymour lead the offense on Sunday when the captain scored 2 goals and set up 4 others. After going up 6 nothing, the Novas fight back to make it 6-3, but the Cougars answered back with 5 straight to finish the score 11-3. Landon McIsaac scored a hat-trick, Reynolds added two, while O'Neill, Cameron, Clarke and MacIntosh added one apiece. Rookie Pilling added 3 assists and Brooklyn MacNeil and Brown pitched in with an assist each. Bresson kicked out 29-32 to pick up the win.
On Saturday, Clarke fired home both goals in a 2-1 goaltending duel and Stonehouse earned the win with 30 saves. Seymour, Pilling and Cameron added an assist each. It was a great 4 - point weekend for the team as they play in a shortened season due to COVID-19. The Cougars hit the road this weekend as they play Halifax on Saturday and then Truro on the way home on Sunday.
Veteran Owen Bresson led the Cougars to a 4 pt weekend when he kicked out 46 of 48 shots on Sunday and 32 of 35 on Saturday. On Sunday the Cougars were in penalty trouble early and gave Halifax 6 power plays throughout the game. Our penaly kill did not allow a goal, plus they scored a shorted goal in the 3rd period to tie the game and send it to overtime.
After falling behind 1-0 in the 2nd, Young scored 56 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1. Clarke picked up an assist. After falling behind 2-1 in the 1st minute of the 3rd, Saturday night's hero O'Neill scored a short-handed goal to tie the score 2-2. Sinclair and Brown picked up an apple each on the play. The play went back and forth for the final 10 minutes, but neither team could end it.
In O/T Clarke played the hero when he stole a puck deep in the Halifax endzone and made no mistake as he deked the goaltender and slid the puck into the net. After this weekend the Cougars sit at 7-3 for the year, good for 3rd place in the standings. Next weekend the Cougars are on the road to play the Wearwell Bombers on Saturday and The Nova's on Sunday.
He did it again. Veteran O'Neill took a pass from Sinclair and showed some patiences as he hold the puck and skated across both hash marks and then fired a low shot to the far corner with just 13.6 seconds left on the clock. Clarke opened the scoring with an unassisted shorthanded goal to put us up 1-0. Halifax tied the score with 3:33 left in the 1st period. On the PP the Cougars went up 2-1 Seymour found the back of the net with a nifty pass from Pilling and O'Neill. On a slick play off the faceoff Pilling slid a pass over to Sinclair who quickly sent the puck to the back of the net. Halifax scored with 57 seconds left in the 2nd period to make the score 3-2.
In the third the action was back and forth and then with 3:39 remaining Halifax knotted the game at 3-3. Bresson made a fev saves to keep the game at 3-3. That set up the heroics for O'Neill and the 4-3 win. Bresson saved 32-35 shots to pick up the win. Both teams are back at it tomorrow morning at 11:15 at the Emera centre.
On Saturday Daniel Young scored two goals to lead the Cougars to a 4-2 win over the Valley Wildcats. Young opened the scoring at 12:56 of the 1st while receiving a pass from Malcolm MacDonald. After the Valley tied the score Darien Reynolds put the Cougars up 2-1 going into the 3rd period. Again the Valley knotted the score at 2-2 early in the 3rd. But Hudson Clarke scored the winning goal on a PP with 3:04 remaining and Young rounded out the scoring with an empty netter. Picking up assists in the game were Jack Brown, Keegan O'Neill and Colton MacDougall. Bresson with the win in the cage kicking out 25 of 27 shots.
On Sunday Dartmouth jumped out into a 2-0 lead after one period, and a 5-1 score after two. Darien Reynolds scored our only goal of the game with a pass from Tyler Seymour on the PP to make the score 2-1 early on the 2nd. However, Dartmouth would score three goals to make it 5-1. There was no scoring in the 3rd period.
The Cougars are home this weekend after 2 weekends on the road, to the Halifax Wolverines.
Saturday at 7:15 and Sunday at 11:15
Keegan O'Neill picked up the puck just inside Cole Harbour's endzone and skated to the top of the circle and let a snapshot go to pick the top corner to give the Cougars a 4-3 win and a split for the weekend. Billy Cameron opened the game with a shot from the point to give us a lead after the 1st period. After Cole Harbour went ahead 2-1, Captain Seymour scored his 1st of the game to knot the score at 2-2 after two periods. Seymour scored his 2nd of the game to gives us the lead just 19 seconds into the 3rd. Cole Harbour tied the game midway though the 3rd on the PP. That set up the overtime and O'Neill's heroics. Veteran Daniel Young helped set up both Seymour goals. Cameron also had an assist. Stonehouse earned his 2nd victory of the year while kicking out 18 of 21 shots. The Cougars record stands at (4-2-0) after 6 games.
On Saturday the Cougars suffered a 5-1 loss at the hands of The Gulls (6-0-0). The Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and 5-0 after 2 periods. Bresson held the score in the 3rd while stopping all 20 shots. Rookie Pilling scored a shorthanded goal to break the shutout with a nice individual effort. O'Neill with an apple. In total Bresson kicked out 41 of 46 shots.
The Cougars will hit the road Nov 7th and 8th for their 3rd road trip in 4 weekends to start the season. They will play the Valley Wildcats (1-5-0) on Saturday, then play the Dartmouth Whalers (3-3-0) on Sunday. They return home Nov 14th and 15th to take on the Halifax Wolverines (3-2-1) for two games.
The Rangers defeated the Cougars today 4-2 to split the weekend series. The Rangers lead 1-0 after 1 period and increased their lead to 2-0 with 6:17 remaining in the second. Seymour tipped a shot from Landon MacIssac to cut the lead to 2-1 before the end of the period. The Rangers scored 2 goals 57 seconds apart to increase their lead to 4-1 with 12:43 remaining in the game. O'Neill scored a shorthanded goal with 6:36 remaining in the 3rd to cut the lead to 4-2. However the comeback was not meant to be as the game finished with the same score. Stonehouse stopped 22 of 26 shots that came his way.
The Cougars will spend Halloween playing The Gulls next Saturday. They will then travel to Cole Harbour to take on the Storm Sunday morning. A big thank you to The Rangers Trainer today as well.
O'Neill scored two late goals to secure the Cougars 3rd win in a row to start the season. Sinclair opened the scoring at 12:06 of the 1st on the power play, while Marshall and Young helped set up the goal. Marshall made the score 2-0 when he jammed in a rebound with 6:09 remaining in the 1st. Sinclair and Pilling picked up the assists. After The Rangers cut the lead to 2-1, Captain Seymour made it 3-1 with Clarke and Brown picking up the apples. The Rangers made it 3-2 when they scored the only goal of the 2nd period on the PP when the Cougars took 5 penalties in a row after being on the PP for 3 in the 1st. In the 3rd the Cougars took another 3 penalties in a row, but the PK and goaltender Bresson played strong to bail them out. O'Neill made it 4-2 when he scored on a one-timer from Reynolds when the puck entered the net after Ranger's goalie, Roach, got a piece of it. O'Neill scored a SH goal into an empty net with :39 remaining on the clock to make the final score 5-2. The Rangers outshot the Cougars 39-23. Bresson kicked out 37 shots for the victory. Both teams are back at it tomorrow, Sun, Oct 25 at 11:15 at the Emera Center.
The Joneljim Cougars will be holding registration for the first part of the 20-21 season evaluation camp.
Wednesday, August 26 from 6 to 8pm
Saturday, August 29 from 12 to 2pm
Registration will take place at the Players Entrance of Center 200
Cost for first part of camp is $140.00 per player
On October 19 Cougar players dedicated their game to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Their special guest was Sheryl Butler Berkely, Sheryl spent time with the players and spoke about her journey through breast cancer.
The team raised $1,500.00 that will be donated to the Cape Breton Cancer foundation.
On Saturday, January 26th the Cougar Major Bantams dedicated their game vs ACCEL to the Children's Wish Foundation and in particular this year to our wish child Kayleah, this is an annual event for the team.
A big shout out to Cougar parents who were the first to step up with a $1,000.00 donation to the the effort.
Thank you to our friends at the Membertou Sports Centre for hosting the game and thank you to Boston Pizza for their generous help in the amount of $800.00 the team raised through their local in store youth program.
When all is done we expect to raise approx. $2,500.00 to go towards Kayleah's family wish this year.
Coach Sanford and his staff have announced their choices for team letters for the upcoming season.
Sanford noted that there was many great candidates to choose from within our veteran players and is confident all our veterans will lead the team to a good season in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.
Cole played on the inaugural Cougars team in 2010 and again the following year.
Along with being a fan favourite Reggie was a coaches favourite, we are not the least surprised by his success in hockey and we wish him all the best going forward.
Reggie was always a team player and a great leader, he took joy in his teammates success and we know his coaches after major bantam would have been as impressed with this young man as we were.
Sam Brown scored the winner and MacRitchie added the insurance maker as we evened our record 1-1 here in Bedford at the IceJam. Mahar,Peterson,and Clarke scored as well. Fraser with the win between the pipes. Need a win today against the Eastern Express at 2:45 to advance.
MacRitchie lead the way with 2G-1A and Fraser kicked out 17-o- 20 for a 5-3 win over Dartmouth. Mahar 1G-1A, Clarke and Seymour had singles. Allen and MacKinnon chipped in with 2-A each, while White and Peterson had 1A each. Truro today for a home game on the road.
The Joneljim Cougars had their 1st annual free family skate yesterday at the Emera Centre in North Sydney. Over 200 people showed up for a fun time with the team and free hot chocolate was served for the hour.
MacRitchie scored 2-Goals and chipped in with 2-assist to lead the Cougars to a 5-4 win over Dartmouth. Mahar scored 2-goals while Clarke added a single. Cashen kicked out 41 of 45 for the victory. On Saturday a short staffed Cougars team lost 6-0 to the Rangers.
In a wild contest, we opened up a 4-0 lead, but could not hang on as we lost 5-4 in a shootout. Fraser stopped 43-48 shots in the game. Mahar had 2-goals, while Allen and Snow picked up singles.Assists to MacKinnon-2,Snow-2,MacRitchie,Basque and SBrown with singles.
Snow and Clarke scored 2 each, while MacIntyre and Van Sawlor scored 1 apiece to lead the Cougars to a 6-4 win. MacKinnon chipped in with 3 assist on the day. Cashen had a strong game between the pipes. Great 4Pt weekend.
Jack Cashen kicked out 38 of 40 shots to lead the Cougars to a 4-2 win over Cole Harbor. Nick Mahar scored 2 3rd period goals and Snow and Allen chipped in with one apiece. Jackson Ford had 3 assist. Mahar, Snow, Sawlor, and White with 1 assist each.
Sam Brown netted 2 and added an assist to lead the Cougars to a 4-2 win over Dartmouth. MacIntyre with PP goal, and Seymour with a S/H goal. Mahar and Ford chipped in with 2 assist each. Cashen kicked out 15 of 17 for the victory.
The Cougars lead early but could not hang on as they lost 5-4 in an entertaining gain today. Nick Mahar 2G-1A, Snow 1G-1A, Clarke 1G, MacIntyre 1A, MacKinnon 1A and Basque 1A. Shots were 42-41 Bedford.
Although the score was 5-1 for Bedford the true winner was the awareness for Breast Cancer and our annual Pink in the Rink. It is great to see 13 and 14 year old kids come together for a great cause. Thank you to Bedford and our own Joneljim Cougars.
Cashen kicked out 50 shots, but it was not enough as the Cougars fell 4-3 to Truro. MacRitchie,Snow,andMacintyre chip in a goal each. On Saturday the Rangers topped our Cougars 5-2. Clarke and MacRitchie with our goals. Apples on the weekend went to Baldwin,SamBrown,Mahar,andCarterBrown. Fraser played well in the loss
Fraser stopped all 20 shots in a 4-0 win Kings Mutual, while Jason Snow scored two and MacRitchie and Clarke scored singles. Assists;MacIntyre(2),Mackinnon,Patterson and Clarke with one apiece. The win brings the Cougars back to a 3-3 record
Logan Snow supplied the only goal needed and Lucas Fraser stopped all 38 shots to earn a split with the Accel Physio Hawks. MacRitchie added an empty-netter. On our home opener on Saturday The Hawks scored five 2nd period goals and won 9-2. Reese Allen had both Cougar tallies.
Our opening game against Western was a 4-1 loss with an empty-netter. Nick Mahar had our only goal and Khoner White with the assist. Fraser played well between the pipes. Sunday we were shut out 4-0 by a strong Gulls team. Cashen also had a strong game between the pipes.
Graham Quinn, Joneljim Cougar president was spotted on Townsend Street today being arrested by the local constabulary while attempting to lay low at his workplace, Quinn says it was a set up.
Brought before the judge, after reading the charges the judge demanded Quinn raise $250.00 bail before he could get out of jail, all for a worthy cause "Crimestoppers"
Happy ending though the money was raised and Quinn was released on his own recognizance.
Once released Quinn was heard to mutter "its a good thing I have other friends, when I asked for a donation from my hockey friends, they all advised me they would see me when I got out"
The Joneljim Group Cougars have chosen James Sanford to head up our major bantam program in CBRM.
Sanford, originally from New Brunswick has recently moved to the area from PEI where he has been successfully finishing up his Professional Golf Management program and has been working the last few summers as a PGA of Canada Golf Professional in Cape Breton
James playing background is extensive, four years in the QMJHL mostly with Moncton and 10 years playing in the AHL and the ECHL.
The last two seasons had Sanford successfully coaching Midget and Senior levels in PEI.
Sanford commented "I believe in building a solid program and getting the team to learn and improve every day. Bantam is an important age in player development" he goes on to say "I believe with my background, I'm in a unique position to help players reach their goals and this starts in Bantam with a solid foundation"
Team president Graham Quinn commented "James is a solid addition to our Bantam program and the local hockey scene, he has much to offer, we are looking forward to the upcoming hockey season and wish James the best in his new position."
ATP Hockey with Kyle Farrell and Connor Rogers will be hosting a early summer hockey camp in our area.
Age groupings 10 to 12 and 13 to 16
1 on ice and 1 off ice session per week for 10 weeks beginning on Thursday, June 1st.
On Ice every Tuesday at 7:30 and 8:30pm
Off Ice every Thursday at 7:30 and 8:30pm
Maximum amount of players is 24 per group
Cost per player is $275.00 plus tax.
Email - email@example.com
Phone - 902- 371-1090
The Joneljim Group Major Bantams will be holding registration for spring camp this coming week at Emera Centre Northside.
Registration will be held on April 11th from 6 to 8pm, April 13th from 6 to 8pm and April 15th from 12 to 2pm.
Players must report to Spring Camp to be eligible for Summer Camp in August.
Cost for Spring Camp is $160.00
Our season came to an end in overtime in Liverpool to the Western Hurricanes. Kabatay scored with 5:42 left in the third. Western tied the game with 3:15 left. After a great back-and-forth Western won it 10 minutes into O/T. Leudy was great stopping 30-shots.
After falling behind 4-2 with just over 7-minutes to play, Martin scored his 2nd of the game and Udle tied it minutes later. Fuller scored 1st. That set up OT and the winner by Kabatay. We lead the best-of-3-series 1-0 with games 2 and 3(if necessary) next weekend in Liverpool.
Kabatay scored 3 and assisted on 1 to lead the Cougars to a 6-1 over the goals. MacMillan, Udle and Martin with remaining 3 goals. Leudy with a strong game. A great win, but also a game for the Children's Wish Foundation,,,the true winners tonight. Thank you Gulls
MacMillan scored the Overtime winner in a tight game against Pictou. Udle put the Cougars ahead 1-0 on a shorthanded goal and Kabatay scored in the 3rd to give us a 2-1. After Pictou tied it up, it set the stage for the OT winner. Cashen with the win.
Groves scored in the 3rd to tie the game 1-1 , but Tricom came back and made it 2-1 with 3:46 remaining. MacMillan took a pass from Kabatay on the PP to tie the game 2-2 with 1:15 remaining. Kabatay 4seconds later win the game. Leudy was strong between the pipes.
Kabatay scored our only goal in a 5-1 loss. Two shorthanded goals late in the 2nd period proved to be our undoing. Game three is set for this afternoon. A win will put us in the final 16, a lose will more than likely send us home.
Martin scored 2 including the winner in overtime to cap a comeback over the Central Icepak at the Ice Jam. Johnson scored 2, while Kabatay and MacMillan had 1G-2A,Groves(1G-1A), Fuller and MacRitchie(2A each), Campbell and Novak 1A each. Cashen with the win
MacMillan scored both goals and Leudy had a solid 29 save performance to lead the Cougars to a tight 2-1 victory over The Nova's. Kabatay had 2 assist while MacQueen chipped in 1 assist. The win lifted the Cougars to an 11-13 record on the year.
Tanner Udle decided to use his industrial Arts class to make a clock for his team-mates. Impressive details Tanner. Thank you for taking the time to build the clock. We will hang it in the dressing room for many years.
Two early third period goals lead the Gulls to a 6-3 (empty-netter) win over the Cougars. Jaden Martin had 2 goals to lead the Cougars, while MacMillan had the other goal. Fuller and Groves chipped in with 2 assists each. Up next, Dartmouth.
Kabatay 6Pts(3G-3A), MacMillan 5pts(2G-3A),Groves 4pts (1G-3A),Campbell 3pts(1G-2A), and Fuller with the final goal lead the Cougars to a bounce back 8-5 win after losing Saturday night 3-1. Cashen picked up the win between the pipes. Our record stands at 10-10. Next up Gulls and Whalers.
Kabatay 2G-2A and Martin 1G-2A led the Cougars to a 6-1 win over Pictou today for a weekend split after a 4-2 loss to Western Saturday. Donovan, Udle and Campbell chipped in with singles today. Cashen with the win. MacMillan and Groves with our goals saturday.
Kody Groves scored the tying goal with 2:48 remaining, MacMillan and Campbell scored in the shootout and Leudy was solid between the pipes. Andrew Johnson opened the scoring. Final shots 28-26 Dartmouth
Your Cougars came up a little short when Bedford scored 2 goals in the third. Groves scored 2 and Udle scored his 1st of the season in the second to send us into the third 3-3. We out-shot Bedford 27-23.
MacMillan took a feed from Kabatay(1G-1A) and buried the OT winner for 3-2 win over Pictou. Martin(1G-1A) scored on the PP and Burke(2A) and Udle(1A) rounded out the scoring. Cashen stopped 23-25 for the win.
Sonny Kabatay is off to a great start with 17 points(7G-10A) to start the year with his Cougar team-mates. He is off to help the Under-15-NS-team at the Atlantic-Challenge-Cup this weekend in Moncton. The 1st-game is set for Oct-7, at 8:00-pm. Good luck from your team-mates and coaching staff.
Kabatay fired a natural hat-trick and added an assist to lead the Cougars to a 4-3 win over Truro after a tough 2-0 set back on Saturday night. Groves with 1G-2A, and MacMullin with 2A,Burke1A,Donovan1A,MacQueen1A. The Cougars out-shot Truro 41-30 Sun and 52-26 Saturday.
Western jumped out to a 5-0 lead half way through the second and handed our team a 6-1 loss. Sonny Kabatay had the only goal on a pass from Curtis Novak. Cashen and Leudy split the duties between the pipes. We are back at it against Truro this weekend.
Groves scored two goals, while Kabatay had 1G-3A, MacMillian with 1G-2A and Martin with 1G to lead the Cougars to a 5-4 hard fought win. Leudy kicked out 37-41. Campbell,Novak, MacRitchie with 1A each. MacMillan with the PP goal with 1:05 to play.
Kabatay lead the way with 1G-2a in our 1st game and 1st victory of the year. MacMillan had 1G-1A, and Alex Campbelll opened the scoring. Burke chipped in with an assist. Leudy stopped 26-of-27shots. It was a great team effort by all players. Great start back at it tomorrow against the Rangers.
A total of 54 players registered to earn a spot on the 2016-2017 version of the Joneljim Group Cougars Major Bantam Hockey Team.
Coaches were very pleased with the calipher of players and have some very difficult decisions to make in the days to come.
All players participated in 2 practices and 4 intersquad games to impress the coaches and prove they have the skills to make it through to summer camp in August.
On behalf of our board and coaching staff, a big thank you to those who did come out and we wish them all the best in next season's hockey wherever they end up playing.
Cougar coaching staff getting set to start team selection for the 2016/2017 hockey season.
This is the 7th spring camp for our local major bantam program, coaches are anxious to begin the evaluation process for next seasons edition of the team.
On ice tryouts are set to begin on the last week of April and will continue to early May.
GOOD LUCK ALL PLAYERS
In our opener we lost 3-1 loss to the eventual winners of the gold medal, the Landmark Gulls, Sam Gillis was the only player to score for the Cougars as he received a great pass from Vinny Stevens. Seth Crowe was solid with 39 saves.
In game 2 against Bedford, Kenzie MacKinnon potted 2 goals and Tyler Mortimer drilled a slapshot for our 3rd goal, but it was not to be as we dropped our second game 6-3. Jacob Denny had 2 assit, while Kinnon Willam, Stevens and Gillis added 1 assist.
With still a chance to advance we went up against the 3rd seed, Nova's. In a back and forth contest Kinnon Williams scored his 2nd of the game and the eventual winner with just 3 minutes left on the clock. Denny had a goal and 2 assists, while Nathan MacMillan added a goal and an assist. Dylan MacDonald, Dylan MacLeod, Sonny Kabatay and MacKinnon added 1 assist each.
In our final game we were looking to beat number 1 seed Halifax. Denny opened the scoring just 4 minutes into the game, With great pressure we hit the post but could not beat Bagnall. Halifax tied the game and then late in the second they added another to go ahead 2-1. Halifax scored a quick one in the third, but we never gave up, but could not score. Merritt from Halifax added an empty netter. Final shots were 28-28/ Stevens and Gillis assed an assist each.
After skating to a 1-1 tie after 2 periods, Truro outscored the Cougars 2-1 in the third to take game two 3-2. Denny and Williams scored for the Cougars. Seth Crowe had a strong game between the pipes. Game 3 of the best of 3 is Wednesday 6:00 in Truro.
Seth Crowe lead the Cougars to a 1-0 win over Truro to take game 1 over Truro in a best of 3-series. Kenzie MaKinnon put in his own rebound after taking a pass from Gillis and Phillips. A great effort by all players in a barn burner.
Tyler Mortimer scored the game winner in the middle of the 3rd to give the Cougars a 5-2 win over Western and moved the Cougars into 7th in the league standings. MacLeod with 2, Denny and MacKinnon with singles. CH beat the Cougars 5-2 Saturday, Kabatay and Donovan with the goals.
The Team had a great time last night at Chris and Cara Morrison's outdoor rink. Thank you to the parents for getting the players to the rink, Graham for supplying the food and Gerard for being the expert BBQ'r. A little chilly but an awesome time!!
Williams and Donovan had 2 goals and an assist each to lead the Cougars to a 6-4 win over Truro. Kabatay and Macleod rounded out the scoring. Sam Gillis and Kenzie MacKinnon with 2 big apples apiece. Burke and MacLeod with 1 each. Crowe with the win.
After a 4-2 loss (5-2 with an empty-netter) to 1st place Halifax on Saturday, we bounced back with a 6-3 win over Scotsburn. Crowe was great on Saturday, while Williams and Gillis scored. Sunday scorers were Gillis and MacKinnon with 2, Kabatay and MacLeod added singles. Dolomont with the win.
Johnston's strong two-way play in both ends of the ice and his play without the puck is the strength of any team. All but one player touched the score sheet on the weekend. It wa truly a team effort from all 18 players. Williams with 7 points, Denny and MacKinnon with 5 apiece. Gillis and Donovan with 3 points, 2-points Phillips, MacLeod, Martin, and single points to MacDonald, Mortimer, Burke, Munroe, Stevens, MacMillan and Kabatay
Kinnon Williams finished a nice pass from Jacob Denny and Dylan MacLeod in overtime for the winning goal in a come from behind 3-2 win over Truro. Williams-1(G)-2(A),MacLeod-2(G)1(A),Denny1-(A)-Phillips-1(A). Crowe was great stopping 24-27. Johnston and Kabatay with big shot blocks today.
After a 2-1 record in round-robin we were seeded 9th, but lost 5-1 to the ACA Sens. The Sens owned the game in the 1st two periods, but the Cougars did not quit and had a great 3rd, but it was not near enough. Final shots 38-32 Sens.
Mortimer and MacDonald scored 2 each and Dolomont kicked every shot out for the 9-0 shutout. Other Goal scorers were Denny-Gillis-Donovan-Kabatay-MacKinon. Assists to MacKinnon3-MacMillan2-Gillis-Johnston-Mortimer-Denny2-Phillips. Game 3 tonight at 8:45 against North West , NB
Jacob Denny scored 1 and set up 3 as the Cougars won 5-2 in game one against Mid-Isle. Kabatay, Williams, MacKinnon and Phillips had a goal apiece, Assists to Kabatay-Donovan-Martin-Burke-MacDonald-Mortimer. Crowe with the win. Game 2 tomorrow 9:15 against the Central Attack, PEI
Jakob Phillips had this "AWESOME" Dream Catcher made for his team meets and talked a little bit about the history. It hangs by your bed at night to filter out the bad dreams. It took 42 hours to make this hand crafted Dream Catcher.
Mortimer fired the winner as the 12th shooter for the Cougars for the win, but Stevens spin-o-Rama goal was a high-light reel goal to extend the shootout. Scoring during the game were Williams-2G,MacKinnon-1G-2A,MacMullin-1G, Donava-1G-1A,Mortimer2-A,MacLeod2-A,MacDonald1A, and Kabatay 1A
The Joneljim Cougars are giving back to the Community as they Adopt-a-family for the Christmas Season. It was a great effort by all the players, the coaching staff, the executive and the parents. Special thanks to Dennis and Amy Williams for coordinating the event.
Kenzie MacKinnon picked up a rebound and ended the game as he put it in the empty side pf the net. Kinnon Williams with 2G on his 1st game in 2 months. Sam Gilliis with a big night with 1G-2A. Dylan MacLeod and Kody Groves with 1A.
Jacob Denny had 2-goals and 2-assists and Sonny Kabatay had 1-goal and 3-assists, while Seth Crowe kicked out 29 of 32 to lead the Cougars to a 4-3 win over Bedford. MacMillan1G, Macleod1A-Gillis1A-Munroe1A rounded out the scoring. The Cougars lost 5-2 to the Gulls Saturday.
Jacob Denny with a Hattie in a 7-3 win over Marimichi. Donovan with 2 tallies, MacKinnon and MacMullin rounded out the scoring. Great round robin (2-1-1), and now we wait to see if we advance passed on the point system. Dolomont with the win.
Your Joneljim Cougars are 1-1-1 after 3 games. We have a 6-1 win over Mid Ile from PEI, a 3-0 loss to Dieppe and a 4-4 draw with the Nova's. Our final game tomorrow may put us in the crossover. The game starts at 7:30 a.m.
Seth Crowe stopped all 22 shots for his 2nd shutout of the year and Sonny Kabatay with a Hat-trick and 1A to lead the Joneljim Cougars to a 6-0 win over Scotsburn Crushers. Rounding out the scoring was Gillis1(G)1(A)-MacKinnon1(G)1(A)-MacLeod1(G)-MacMUllin3(A)-Phillips2(A)-Donoavan2(A)-Denny1(A)-Mortimer1(A). Great effort by all today.
A 3-5 situation proved costly as Pictou scored the go ahead goal on the power play to go up 2-1. An empty netter sealed the victory with 5-seconds on the clock. Gillis with the lone goal. Same two teams this weekend at the Emera Centre on Sunday at 11:15
Jacob Denny with a 5 point game with a Hat-trick and Kinnon Williams with 2G-2A lead the Cougars to a 7-1 victory. Sam Gillis and Daymon Johnson with Singles. Dolomont with the win. Bedford in the morning.
Team Nova Scotia lost 4-0 in the Gold medal game to New Brunswick. It was the first loss for the team in the tournament. MacMillan finished with 4G-4A, while Kabatay finished with 2G-2A. Congrats to both on a great weekend
Dylan MacLeod and Kinnon Williams captured Gold today at the Atlantic Challenge Cup with a 7-1 win over New Brunswick. They finished 5-0 for the tournament. Congrats to both and the entire Nova Scotia Team.
Our Management, Coaching Staff and Player's would like to wish our players above a good luck at the Atlantic Challenge Cup this weekend. Williams and MacLeod will suit up for the under 15, while MacMillan and Kabatay will play for the under 14 for team Nova Scotia.
Again the year the Major Bantam Cougars will be hosting the Bedford Barons at their annual Pink in the Rink game, being held this year on November 1st at Emera Centre.
The team will again be selling tickets on a signed Screaming Eagles "Pink in the Rink" jersey.
Also this year the popular "Pink in the Rink" cupcakes will be on sale during the game.
All proceeds from this event go to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
see below for our Captain's message from last year.
The one thing I can say about cancer is that it hurts a lot of families. It is painful for the person who is fighting it and painful for their families and loved ones too. I have family members who are fighting breast cancer now and they need our support.
We, are trying to do our part to bring awareness to this terrible disease. We take pride in hosting our "Pink in the Rink" game and we ask you to help us by showing your support at our game. We all need to do our part, and maybe we can make one persons journey a little easier.
On behalf of the Joneljim Cougars, We Thank You very much!!!
Leon Denny Jr.
(captain Joneljim Cougars)
Dolomont stopped 3-of-4 in the shootout, while MacKinnon and MacLeod score in the shootout to secure a 4-3 win. Johnson tied the game in the third, while Kabatay and MacKinnon supplied the other 2 goals. Assists to Donaovan(2), Denny and Johnson with the others. Big 4 point weekend
Seth Crowe stopped 37 of 39 shots to lead his team to a 6-2 victory over the Western Hurricanes. Kabatay and Martin had 2 goals each while Mortimer and MacMillan had singles. Assists to Denny,Mortimer,Johnston,Burke and Johnston.
The Cougars lost 6-5 in a game that saw 4 lead changes. Scoring for your Cougars were Donovan, Martin, Denny, Williams, and Gillis. Assists to Denny with 2, singles to MacDonald, MacKinnon, Kabatay and MacMullin. Home opener this weekend, come out and support Bantam Major League
We dropped both games on the weekend. An opening loss to Newbridge 5-3 and a loss to Halifax 5-0 on Sunday. In the New Bridge game Gillis had a goal and an assist. Mortimer and Williams with the other goals. Denny,Stevens,and MacKinnon added an assist each.
After starting with 57 players, your Cougars team is set for the 2015-16 season. Thank you to all players who tried out for the team. Come out Sept 12th (7:15) and 13th (11:15) to see our team play against the Nova s for 2 exhibition games.
Player Selection for the Joneljim Cougars gets into high gear over the next couple of weeks. Players will be subject to fitness testing, practices, intersquad games and exhibition games through the back half of August as the coaches make their final decisions on their team roster for the upcoming season.
With 10 players from last years team vying for rosters spots its expected to be a hard fought effort to claim a position on this years edition of the Joneljim Cougars.
Cougar head coach Gerard Laffin has rounded out his major bantam coaching staff.
Returning to the Cougar program is Steve Lewis who has been on the Cougar bench for the last 3 years, Coach Lewis has helped guide the Cougars to successful seasons in the past and is looking forward to future success at the Major Bantam level for our local players.
New this year is Steve Campbell, Steve has served on the bench for the Major Midget Tradesmen for the last 4 years under head coach Aaron Rice. Coach Campbell is looking forward to bringing his Major Midget experience to our 13 and 14 year old players and helping guide them to their next level of play and future hockey successes.
Team president, Graham Quinn, expressed his confidence Coach Laffin has made very good selections and is looking forward to this staff providing a strong major bantam program for our local players for many years to come.
Joneljim Cougar head coach, Gerard Laffin has announced the appointment of Sheldon Burton as Assistant/Goal Coach for the upcoming season.
Sheldon has served as assistant/goal coach for the local major midget team, Tradesmen, for the last 5 years and has worked for many years with goal coach Scott Gouthro.
Gouthro has worked as Screaming Eagles goal coach for nine years and now serves as goaltending coach in the Calgary Flames organization with their American League affiliate the Adirondack Flames.
Nathan MacMillan lead the way with 4 goals, Kinnon Williams and Dylan MacDonald with 2 each, while Dylan MacLeod and Kenzie MacKinnon with singles in a 10-4 victory. Tyler Mortimer, Ty Clarke, AJ Ley and Jacob Denny replied for team Red. MacMullen/Leudy and Dolomont/LeClair were the goaltenders.
Team Gold received 3 goals from Nathan MacMiillan, 2 from Tytan Donovan and singles from Dylan MacDonald, Dylan MacLeod and Tanner Udle. Replying for Team Green were Sonny Kabatay and Ryan Chisholm. Crowe and Googoo tended nets for Team Green, LaClair and Doloment for Team Gold.
After falling behind 3-0 Team Green fought back for a 5-5 draw. Kenzie MacKinnon with 2, while Sam Giillis, Adam Wilson and Brenden Arsmtrong added singles for team Green. Dylan McDonald scored 3 while Sonny Kabatay replied with 2 for Team Red. Goaltenders were Googoo, Crowe, and MacMullen, Leudy.
Thirty (30) forwards, 13-defencemen and 6-goaltenders are hoping for for a position on the 2015-16 Joneljim Cougars Roster. The camp consist of 4 practices, 3 exhibition games (Team Red, Team Green, Team Gold), and a checking clinic for 1st year players. Good luck to all players.
Coaches MacLeod and Tracey were honoured with Appreciation Plaques at the team year end banquet.
They have led the team to sucessive winning seasons in the major bantam league and are moving on to guide the local major midget program, Tradesmen.
Team president, Graham Quinn, expressed the organizations appreciation for their work with the major bantams and wished them success in their new positions with the major midgets.
Gerard Laffin of North Sydney has been named to take the reins as head coach of the Joneljim Major Bantam Cougars.
Gerard's resume includes 9 years as assistant coach in the Nova Scotia Major Midget League with the local Tradesmen Major Midget program.
Laffin is a High Performance Level 1 coach and a two time coach of the year award winner at the Minor Midget Level.
Coach Laffin will put his staff together over the next few months prior to the team hitting the ice in August
Joneljim Cougars wrapped up their 2014-2015 season with a team banquet on April 15th.
Special guest for the evening was John Kybuk. John is a member of the North Sydney, Cape Breton and Nova Scotia Hall of Fame's.
Spring Camp Registration Dates Tuesday, April 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm Thursday, April 16th from 6pm to 7:30pm Saturday, April 18th from 11:00am to 1:00pm All at Emera Centre Northside Cost to register $140.00
League awards were passed out during NSMBHL provnicial and several Cougars were among the reciepients.
Leon Denny - 1st Team All Star
Ashton Paul - 2nd Team All Star
Kinnon Williams - All Rookie Team
Jarrett Baker - Provinical Tournament 1st Team All Star
Spring Camp time and dates are being adjusted.
Camp schedule will be posted as soon as possible.
Events will be added as needed depending on # of players. Registration and orientation will be announced in the coming weeks.
Joneljim Cougars finished the NSMBHL regular season in 8th place. This meant a first round match up vs Pro Hockey Life Storm who were 4-0 vs Cougars during season and tournament play.
Game 1 took place at Emera Centre Northside, the Storm took a 1-0 series lead with a 4-2 win. Kinnon Williams and Ashton Paul were the goal scorers with Paul, Jarrett Baker, Jacob Denny and Kenzie MacKinnon getting helpers. Seth Crowe made 14 saves.
Facing elimination and on the road at Cole Harbour Place, the young Cougars left it all on the ice as they tied the series with a 4-2 win. Dylan McDonald sniped 2 goals with Leon Denny and Paul each getting a a goal and a helper. Kody Francis, Williams and Jacob Denny each picked up a pair of helpers. Crowe had the win, no shot totals available.
In what could have been the final game for the Cougars, the veteran players stepped up and led the way to a 9-4 Win and a berth in provincials. Paul had a 5 point game with 2 goals and 3 assists, Baker had 2 goals and 2 helpers, JDenny had 3 points, LDenny, Francis and McDonald each had 2 point games. Williams, Camdon Langlois, and Dylan MacLeod each had 1 helper. Crowe made 26 saves in the clincher as the Cougars to punched their ticket to the NSMBHL Provincial tournament hosted by Newbridge Senators in Lantz.
In game 1 at provincials, the Cape Breton team showed they weren't going to be an easy game for anyone as they knocked off cross island rivals, The Novas in Game 1 by a 3 - 0 score. LDenny, Paul and Baker led the way by each finding the net and Crowe made 33 saves for the shutout as the Cougars moved to 1-0.
Game #2 was versus the always tough Gulls. The Gulls had been the toughest opponent for this season gong 3 and 0 and outscoring the Cape Bretoners 20-7. Baker fired home a goal and 2 assists while JDenny and Kinnon Williams each had 2 point games as the Cougars defeated the Gulls 4-2. Owen MacPhee made 29 saves for the Cougars for the Win.
Game 3 saw the Cougars fall to Bedford Barons 3-2. Williams had both goals while Paul and LDenny each had 2 helpers. Crowe made 29 saves in the loss.
The final round robin game was versus the First place Dartmouth Whalers. The Whalers only lost twice during regular season play. Baker scored the only goal in a 4-1 Loss. MacKinnon and Bryden Johnston assisting on the goal. Crowe made 20 saves.
With a 2-2 record after round robin play, the Joneljim club played their way to the semi's versus the first place Whalers. Cougars got up to an early lead but the game was tied 2-2 after 2 periods. The final score, Whalers 4-Cougars 3. Ashton Paul had the hat trick for the Cougars, Williams and LDenny each had 2 point games. Crowe made 24 saves.
In the bronze medal game on a snowy Sunday, the Cougars were on the wrong side of a 3-0 score to Bedford Barons to finish 4th in Provincials. Crowe had 15 saves in the loss.
Joneljim Cougars played host to Landwroks Gulls in the final regular season game. Ashton Paul would get the home team on the board first, firing a shot past Dakota Lund - Cornish in the Gulls net. Tyler Mortimer picked up the helper. Seth Crowe made several spectacular saves to keep the Gulls off the board. Cougars lead 1-0 after 1. The Gulls showed their experience in the 2nd as they took control of the game. Former native of Sydney River Riley Cunningham on the PP, Matthew Ormon, and Jacob Sampson would all find twine and give their club a 3-1 lead after 2. Jack Thorne and Logan Cash on the PP, and William Robinson would all score for the Gulls in the 3rd. Final score 6-1. Crowe made 23 stops for the Cougars while Lund-Cornish had 20 saves for the W.
The Cougars finsihed the regular season with a record of 15-16-1-1 for 32 points.
MNext up for the Cougars is the Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Tournament hosted by Scotsburn Crushers in Pictou. Cougars are 2 time defending champions.
Cougars travelled to Bedford to play the Barons on Saturday night. The travel didn't seem to affect the Cougars as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Leon Denny, Dylan McDonald and Kody Francis each found the back of the net in the first, Ashton Paul and Denny picked up assists on Francis' goal. The teams would each score twice in the second period. Andrew Burden and Peter Diliberatore each scored PP goals for the Barons, while Paul and Denny each scored short handed goals for the visitors. 5-2 after 2 periods. Kinnon Williams would fire home his teams 3rd shorthanded goal of the game from Francis and Jarrett Baker, followed by a PP goal from Burden to cut the lead to 3. Baker and Paul would both find twine for the Cape Bretoners with Williams and Francis assisting, And Jesse Ryan and Andrew Coxhead would score late for the Barons. Final score 8-5 in favor of the Cougars. Owen MacPhee was busy making 23 saves for the win, while Thomson Phinney and Nolan Boyd split the net duties making 12 saves combined
The defending Atlantic Champions, Landworks Gulls were the next opponent for the Cougars. Josh Nicholson got the Gulls on the board early with a PP goal from the point. Veteran Gull Matt Duggan gave the home team a 2 goal lead as he buried a loose puck behind goalie Seth Crowe. Ashton Paul from Williams and Francis would get the Cougars on the board and cut the lead to 1. However, just 17 seconds later Calem MacDonald would score for the Gulls and restore their 2 goal lead. 3-1 Gulls after 2. The Joneljim Group would take advantage of an early 3rd period PP, Denny from Williams and Paul to climb to within 1 goal of the league champs. But the rest of the way was all Gulls. Duggan with his 2nd, Matt Ormon and MacDonald again. Final score 6-2. SEth Crowe made 19 saves for the Cougars while Keaghan Larade made 19 for the W
Joneljim Group Cougars played host to Truro Bearcats at 2 PM Saturday afternoon at Emera Centre Northside.
The Cougars would get on the board first on the PP as sniper Daymon Johnson would find the back of the net on a cross ice pass from Camdon Langlois. The first period ended 1-0 Cougars. In th 2nd, Carson Lanceleve would knot the game at one's, firing a shot past Cougar goalie Serth Crowe. Late in the period, Ashton Paul would score on Reid Hurlburt, Hurlburt got a piece of the puck but it trickled past the line to give the home team a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to play. 5 minutes into he final frame, rookie sniper Kinnon Williams would score his team leading 20th goal. Ashton Paul would score with less then 5 to go, and aslo add an empty netter for the hatrrick, Williams finished the game with 1 G and 3 A. Luke Smith scored for the Bearcats, final score 5-2. Seth Crowe was solid making 25 saves and Hurlburt had 19 stops for Truro.
Joneljim Cougars closest rivals, the Novas were the opponent on Sunday. The past few games were close, with Novas winning 3-1 in Port Hawkesbury in October and 3-2 in a shoot-out in November at Emera Centre. Kinnon Williams and Ashton Paul got together early on Williams 21st snipe of the season. Cougars lead 1-0 after the first.
The 2nd was all Novas, Sean Stewart on the PP, and then Logan Timmons shorthanded gave the visiitors a 2-1 lead with 20 to play. The Cougars fired 14 shots at goalie Colton Ellis, but couldnt get one past despite a late flurry with the extra attacker. Final score 2-1 Novas. Crowe made 10 saves for the Cougars, while Ellis was busier making 27 saves.
Joneljim Coigars played host to Newbridge Senators Saturday evening at Emera Centre Northside. Senators showed no signs of travel fatigue as they got an early jump on the scoreboard. First Bailey Peach scored 40 seconds in, and then Damian Hartt tallied less then 45 seconds later. Despite finding themselvesdown early, Cougars would find their stride and outshoot Senators rest of the period, but had no luck finding the back of the net. 2-0 after 1 period. With the hometeam on the PP early in the 2nd, our 3 veteran players would connect and cut the lead in half. Ashton Paul scored from Leon Denny and Jarrett Baker. However Peach and Hartt would each snipe again for the Sens, giving them a 4-1 lead with 20 to play. Early in the 3rd, Peach would complete his hattrick, and Kenzie Mackinnon would reply for the Cougars, Kinnon Williams assisting. Final score 5-2 in favor of the Newbridge club. Seth Crowe made 31 stops for the Joneljim Group, and Tristan Colley made 26 saves for the win.
On Sunday the Cougars made Dan K Stevens Arena in Eskasoni their home rink for the day, as the Scotsburn Crushers from Pictou rolled into town. Baker would snipe first, tearing down the left side and burying a rocket past the Crusher goalie, Baker would score again 4 minutes later from MacKinnon for a 2 goal lead. Mason Hawley would get the Crushers on the board late in period 1 to cut the lead to 1 goal. In the 2nd, Williams would catch fire and score 3 goals in row, with Paul assisting on all 3, Denny also had a helper. The score was 5-1 entering the last period. Only 1 goal was in the 3rd, Williams with his 4th, from Paul with his 4th assist of the day. Final score 6-1 Cougars. Owen MacPhee made 14 timely saves for the win, while Mitchell Cummer had 28 saves for the Pictou team.
In an effort to help top up local food banks Cougar players will be sponsoring a Food Drive at their game this coming Saturday at Emera at 5pm.
Cougars are asking for Food Bank donations in lieu of an admission charge to their game against the Newbridge Senators at 5pm.
Leon is a second year player and captain of this years Cougar team. He is a very accomplished defencemen who plays in all situations but is willing and very effective playing wherever coaches feel the need to put him.
After a very slow start with 10 thirteen year olds on the roster, his leadership is showing and the team is turning it around and having some success in league competition.
This past weekend in a 7-2 win vs Crushers and a 4-1 win vs Wildcats, Leon contributed with 2 goals and 1 assist on Saturdays win and 4 assists on Sunday’s win.
Leon is a physical presence on the ice and his leadership style of leading by example is proving to be very effective with his young Cougar team this year.
Joneljim Cougars played host to Halifax Accel Hawks on Saturday night. Noah Laaouan would open the scoring for the Hawks late in the first, Ryan Breau and Matthew Steinburg assisting. No goals were scored in the 2nd, and the Hawks led with 20 to play. Patrick Oxner would give the Hawks some breathing room, and Sam Beaton would score in an empty net to give the Hawks a 3-0 victory. Seth Crowe was solid in Cougars nets, allowing 1 goal, while Douglas Stewart-Good had the shut out making 26 saves.
The Cougars played host to Western Hurricanes on Sunday at Emera Centre Northside. The Canes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Justin Nearing and Zen Wiest. Ashton Paul got the Cougars on the board to cut the lead in half, Leon Denny had the helper. After 1 period, Cougars trailed 2-1. Jarrett Baker set up Kinnon Williams to knot the game at 2's, before adding a goal of his own to give the home team the lead, late in period. Kayden Nickerson would tie the game again on a PP goal. The 3rd would be scoreless untill 53 seconds left, Williams woud put on the heroes hat and score the gamewinner. Final score 4-3 Cougars. Crowe made 14 stops, while Madison Beck kicked aside 29 for the Canes.
Cougar players will again be contributing to their adopted family for the holidays, players donate a looney a practice up to Christmas and the team will match the amount they raise and donate to their adopted family to help with meals over the holidays.
Along with this Cougar parents will again be stepping in this year to make sure every member of our adopted family has something from Santa that was on their wish list for Christmas.
Along with this the players will be manning the kettles for the Red Shield Appeal at various locations throughout CBRM, please be generous to help make for a Merry Christmas for more families in our area.
Joneljim Cougars travelled to Liverpool this weekend to take on the Western Hurricanes on their home turf at Queen's Place Arena in Liverpool.
Saturday's game had the Cougars behind by 2 early in the first period by goals from Hurricanes Jacob Caldwell and Kayden Nickerson. Cougars fought back in the second period with goals by Kinnon Williams and Ian Milburn, assists from Ashton Paul and Jarrett Baker. Hurricanes again took the lead with a goal from Connor Goodick at 12:32 of the third period but with 2:28 left in the game Ashton Paul picked up his second point of the game with the tying goal assisted by Jarrett Baker. In overtime with only 15 seconds off the clock, Kinnon Williams picked up a lose puck and buried it behind goaltender Jack Campbell's glove side, unassisted to secure the 2 points for the Cougars. Owen MacPhee in goal picked up the win.
In Sundays game the Cougars stormed out of the gate taking a 1 goal lead in the first with a goal by Kenzie MacKinnon assisted by Jack O'Brien. Cougars kept the pressure on in the second period with unanswered goals from Jacob Denny, assisted by Milburn and MacDonald, a goal by Kinnon Williams assisted by Johnson and Paul and another marker by Ashton Paul assisted by Johnson and Williams. The teams fought to a draw in the third period. Seth Crowe picked up the win by stopping 19 shots headed his way.
Cougars have now moved to a 4 place tie in the 12 team league and head to Halifax this coming weekend to participte in the Annual Esso major bantam tournament hosted by the Halifax Hawks.
Ashton is a second year player showing great leadership to his young Cougar team. This past weekend was a 4 point weekend for the skilled centreman as his team picked up 3 of 4 possible points over the weekend which included a shoot loss to the league leading Nova's and an overtime win against the Scotsburn Crushers. Ashton potted one goal on Saturday's shoot out loss and picked up 2 goals and a assist on Sunday, including the overtime winnner.
Ashton's leadership is coming to the front as his young team, with only 3 returning players and ten 13 year olds has picked up 13 of a possible 20 points over their last 10 games.
Joneljim Cougars played host to the Nova Major Bantams on Saturday night. The Cougars closest rivals have been off to a hot start this season landing in first place in the NSMBHL. The game started with back and forth action, but neither team could find the back of the net. The Novas got one in the 2nd period, when Feargus MacDonald snuck in behind Cougars Defence and got 1 past Cougar goalie Seth Crowe. Early in the 3rd, Ashton Paul sniped one past Colten Ellis in the Nova net on the PP to knot the game at 1. Daymon Johnson and Jarret Baker each assisting. Jack O'Brien made a perfect deflection from the slot on a beauty pass from Baker, Sam Gillis also assisted. Cougars led 2-1 late, when Nova sniper Logan Timmons scored on a partial break. This game was heading to OT, the first OT game in Cougars history. After 5 minutes of exciting 4 on 4 hockey, nothing was solved and a shootout was needed to decide a winner. Jacob Denny scored for the home team, but Timmons and MacDonald each found twine to give the Nova's the W. Final score 3-2. Crowe was solid making 23 saves, while Ellis had 25 for the W.
Sunday morning, the Cougars had to re-set and get ready for the tough Pictou County Crushers. The Joneljim club would strike early, Baker from Denny. The Cougars would lead 2-0 with 20 minutes to play after a Kinnon Williams goal, Paul and Camdon Langlois with the helpers. Cougars seemed to be in the drivers seat in the 3rd after Ashton Paul scored from Williams and Langlois. However, the experience of the Pictou club got them back in the game. First Jake Martin swatted a puck out of mid-air to get the Crushers on the board, then Jaden Mason snuck one past goalie Owen MacPhee. And with 11 seconds left, Martin would tie the game after walking out from the corner. For the second straight game, the Cougars were going to OT. 2nd year forward Ashton Paul would put on the heroes hat after a beauty pass and excellent board work from Kody Francis. Paul would make no mistake and fired one 5 hole past Crusher goalie Mitchell Cummer. Owen MacPhee had 10 saves for the W, while Cummer had 25 in the loss
The Joneljim Cougars raised $750.00 at their Pink in the Rink game for 2014, held on October 25th at Emera.
Through tickets on a Kyle Farrell jersey donated by Ron Crawley and some tasty shortbreads featuring a pink ribbon from Tony's Bakery in Sydney, the team raised the money over the weekend. Winner of the jersey was Joe B. Marshall of Eskasoni.
Connie Gregory from the Cape Breton Cancer Centre preforms the ceremonial face off between captain's Andrew Coxhead and Leon Denny.
Cougars went on to win the hard fought game 2 to 1.
Joneljim Cougars wore pink jerseys on Saturday night to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The game was scoreless after 1. Jarrett Baker sprung Ashton Paul on a breakway, and paul made no mistake rifling the puck past Barons goalie Thomson Phinney to give the Cougars a 1 goal lead after 2 periods. Daymon Johnson scored on the PP with less then 5 to go, Paul with the assist, to give the home team a 2 goal lead. However Andrew Burden scored late for the Barons which led to a frantic finish. Seth Crowe would close the door though, and collect the win kicking aside 23 shots, Phinney made 21 stops.
On Sunday AM, the same 2 teams took to the ice. Cougars would strike first. Dylan MacDonald from Bryden Johnston and Jacob Denny. Andrew Coxhead and Taylor Ewing each scored for Bedford before the end of the first, giving them a 2-1 after 1 period. Ethan Phinney would score in the 2nd, but was quickly answered on a PP goal from Kinnon Williams, Johnson with the helper to cut the lead to 3-2 with 20 to play. Coxhead, who is tied for the NSMBHL lead in points would find the net again in the 3rd to for a 2 goal lead. Cougar captain Leon Denny would score in the 3rd, but that was all the scoring, Bedford wins 4-3. Owen MacPhee kicked aside 18 pucks, while Nolan Boyd had 23 saves for the win
This is the Cougars annual Pink in the Rink game for Breast Cancer Awareness. The team is selling tickets on an autographed Kyle Farrell pink jersey, proceeds going to Cape Breton Cancer Centre. The jersey was kindly donated by Ron Crawley of City Printers, who also donated last years Marc-Andre Fleury Pink jersey on which the team raised 500$ for the cause. Tony's Bakery has donated some baked goods, with proceeds going to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.
Every year during this game, the captain writes a message for the game day program about this event and what it means to them. The following is from this years Captain.
The one thing I can say about cancer is that it hurts a lot of families. It is painful for the person who is fighting it and painful for their families and loved ones too. I have family members who are fighting breast cancer now and they need our support.
We, are trying to do our part to bring awareness to this terrible disease. We take pride in hosting our "Pink in the Rink" game and we ask you to help us by showing your support at our game. We all need to do our part, and maybe we can make one persons journey a little easier.
On behalf of the Joneljim Cougars, We Thank You very much!!!
Leon Denny Jr.
(captain Joneljim Cougars)
2nd year Cougar players Jarrett Baker and Leon Denny were each selected to play for Team Nova Scotia at the 2014 Atlantic Challenge Cup. Baker scored a goal and added an assist, while Denny had 2 helpers. Team Nova Scotia defeated Team New Brunswick in the gold medal game 2-1.
Cougars defeat Newbridge Senators 4-3. Despite trailing 3-1 in the 3rd period, the Cougars found a way to win with Dylan Macleod scoring the equalizer and Jacob Denny getting the winner moments later. Sam Gillis also scored in the 3rd and Daymon Johnson had a single, Ashton Paul, Kody Francis, Bryden Johnston, Tyler Mortimer and Dylan McDonald all had helpers. Seth Crowe kicked aside 28 shots for the W.
On Sunday in Port Hawkesbury, the Cougars jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Jacob Denny, assisted by Leon Denny. However, Colten Ellis shut the door for the Nova club and helped his team skate to a 3-1 W. Crowe made 20 saves in a losing cause.
15 players made their NSMBHL debut at the Emera Centre Northside on September 13th in a 5-0 Loss to powerhouse Dartmouth Whalers. The rematch on Sunday was a closer affair, with the Atlantic host Whalers edging the home team 5-4. Kinnon Williams and Jacob Denny each had 2 point games, while Dylan McDonald and Tyler Mortimer each had a single. Leon Denny, Daymon Johnson, Kenzie MacKinnon all had assists in the loss. Owen McPhee and combined for 27 saves in the Cougar net.
The Cougars then hit to the road to play Atlantic Champs Landworks Gulls witht the Gulls winning 8-4. Williams and Paul each had 2 point games, Jacob Denny and Johnson each found the back of the net. Leon Denny and Jarrett Baker both had assists. Crowe and McPhee shared the goalie duties, making 24 saves.
Pro Hockey Life Storm defeated the Cougars the next day, 7-1. Jack O'Brien scored the lone goal. McPhee had 25 saves.
The Cougars played the Senators next and came away with their first win of the season, Leon Denny scored both goals on the PP in a 2-1 W. Baker and McDonald assisted on the goals. Crowe had the win, shot totals were unavailable.
Cougars played in Truro versus the Bearcats and fell 5-3. The Bearcats scored twice on the PP and once shorthanded on their way to the win. Jacob Denny and Leon Denny each had 2 points, while Paul, OBrien, Francie and Johnson all chipped in with a point. McPhee shouldered the loss making 14 stops.
Coaches have completed their team selection for the upcoming season. After exhibition games in Antigonish this weekend the team has been set for the new season.
With only 3 returning players and 10 thirteen year olds team is in a rebuilding year. Although a young team, coaching staff feel they bring the skills for a successful season.
The team will be looking to their veterans Leon Denny, Jarrett Baker and Ashton Paul to lead the way.
Cougar home opener is set for September 13 with the Dartmouth Whalers coming to town.
Captain Derek Gentile won Most Points and First Team All Star, Logan Struthers won Top Defenceman and First Team All Star, Logan O'Neil was named a Second Team All Star, Leon Denny was named to the Rookie All Star Team.
Saturday, Kaine Drake stopped 11 shots for the shutout in a 4-0 Cougars victory over the Wildcats.
Gentile scored twice and added an assist, Marchand scored and assisted, Logan O'Neil had 3 helpers. Leon Denny fired a single goal while Chad O'Neill and Hunter Bettens each had a single assist.
Paul Janes had 21 stops in the loss
Sunday, the Cougars’ balanced offence was on display in a 9-2 win over the Wildcats. Logan O’Neil had a five-point game with a goal and four assists. Dylan Pimentel scored and chipped in three helpers.
Derek Gentile scored twice and assisted, while Connor Campbell also fired a pair. Colton Marchand had a goal and an assist, and Logan Struthers and Chase Fraser rounded out the onslaught with singles. Chad O'Neill, Ashton Paul and Hunter Bettens each had assists.
James Hunter paced the Wildcats with a goal and a helper. Christopher Llewellyn also hit the back of the net.
Cougars goaltender Cody Smith deflected nine shots in the win. Paul Janes stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars repeat as Scotsburn Bantam Memorial Tournament winners in Pictou.
Colton Marchand was named tournament MVP and all-star, Cody Smith was named top goalie, Derek Gentile was named all-star.
Cougars 3 - Leon Denny in double OT, Dylan Pimentel, Logan O’Neil
Western Hurricanes - 2 - Matt Barron, Jacob Myra
Cougars - 5 - Colton Marchand 3, Derek Gentile, Logan O’Neil
Gulls - Nick Fewer, Matt Orman, Connor Lowden, Bradley Shaw
Cougars 4 - Derek Gentile (2), Colton Marchand, Logan Struthers, Shut out by Cody Smith
Newbridge Academy Senators - 0
Cougars 6 - Colton Marchand 4, TJ Forrest, Derek Gentile
Halifax Hawks 2 - Matt Steinburg, Marshall Taylor
Cougars - 1 - Derek Gentile
Bedford Barons-1 - Kyle Sexton
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars hosted league leading Bubba Rays Gulls on Saturday night. The Cougars opened the scoring in the first as veteran D-Man Hunter Bettens carried the puck through the neutral and blasted a slapshot that went top shelf. TJ Forrest and Owen Higgins had the helpers on Bettens goal. With less then a minute and a half to go, Shane Bowers found some open ice in front of Cougar goalie Kaine Drake and fired a hard shot into the net. Matt Orman assisted. The second period was all Gulls. Connor Kirby from Liam Stagg gave the Bubba Rays club the lead, and then Stagg gave his team a 2 goal lead heading into the 3rd. Kirby and David Worth had assists. The Cougars fired 12 shots at Gull netminder Kirklin Allen in the final frame but couldn't find the back of the net. Final score 3-1 Cougars Drake made 7 stops before being replaced in the 3rd by Cody Smith who didn't allow a goal. Allen made 24 stops for the Win.
Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Storm visited the Cougars at the Bayplex Sunday afternoon. The Storm came out flying and scored 2 quick goals. Doug D'Arnall from Tyler Hinam and Sam Allison followed by a goal from Kyle Penny, Jordan Matthews had the helper. Colton Marchand would snipe to get the Cougars on the board, Derek Gentile assisting. Storm led 2-1 after 1 period. The second period was all Cougars as they fired 5 goals in the frame. Ashton Paul scored a beauty on a partial break away. Marchand from Cameron Yates and Gentile, Gentile from Marchand, Yates then sniped from Marchand and Gentile. LOgan O'Neil scored late from Paul. Cougars led 6-2 with 20 minutes to play. Penny would score his second of the game from Darian Purcel and Luke Steinburg. O'Neil would score his second of the game shorthanded, he outwaited Storm goalie Owen Lester and slid one into the net. Bettens with the assist. Nathaniel Remy would get the Storm's 4th goal midway through the period. Marchand would complete the hattrick on the PP soon after from Gentile. O'Neil then finished his hattrick, scoring from Dylan Pimentel and Connor Campbell. Final score 9-4
Cody Smith had the W making 21 saves, while Lester shouldered the loss making 27 stops before being replaced by Brandon Keeler.
The Cougars next look to defend their title at the Scotsburn Bantam Memorial tournament in Pictou. Cougars were tournament winners in 2013. The play Newbridge Senators, Halifax Hawks and Bedford Barons in the round robin.
The Cougars took the bus to Queens Place Emera Centre on Saturday to visit the Western Hurricanes. Usually a close battle between these 2 teams and this game did not dissappoint. The teams battled through 2 scoreless periods as goalies Kaine Drake and Parker Rowter kicked aside every shot. Scoreless draw after 2 periods. Hurricane captain Matt Barron got the home side on the board first, jumping on a loose puck and sliding it past Drake. And just 25 seconds later, Barron again scored, this time from Ian MacPhee and Dawson Wood. With just 10 minutes to play, Colton Marchand fired a shot past Rowter from Derek Gentile and Jarrett Baker to cut the lead to 1. Gentile then tied the game sniping one into the Hurricanes net with 4.23 to play. and less then 2 minutes later, Marchand swooped in a loose puck and buried it to give the Cougars their first lead of the game. Logan Struthers and Gentile assisting. Marchand would put the icing on the cake with an empty netter from Gentile. Final score 4-2 Cougars. Drake made 18 stops for the win, while Rowter had 21 saves in the loss.
The Cougars rolled into Pictou County Wellness Centre for a game with the Scotsburn Crushers. The Crushers always play the Cougars tough and this game was no exception. Logan O'Neil would score early for the Cougars burying a shot past Crusher netminder, Tyler Howe, Dylan Pimentel and Connor Campbell had the helpers. O'Neil would find the net again on the PP, this time from Hunter Bettens and Gentile. Cougars led 2-0 with 20 miles to go. Gentile would score for the Cougars to give them a 3 goal lead halfway through the 3rd, Pimentel had the assist. Oliver Schnare took advantage of a loose puck and slipped it past Cody Smith to get the Crushers on the board. O'Neil would put the game out of hand completing the hat trick with 5 minutes to play, Pimentel with his 3rd assist of the game. Final score 4-1 Smith had the W making 9 saves, while Howe suffered the loss making 28 saves.
Cougars next play Saturday night at Emera Centre Northside when they host league leading Bubba Rays Gulls at 7 PM. Cougars host the Cole Harbor Pro Hockey Life Storm at 2 PM Sunday at the Bayplex
Saturday night at Emera Centre Northside, the Cougars played host to the Dartmouth Whalers. Goalies Kaine Drake of the Cougars and Jacob Gibbons-Cook of the Whalers put on a show for the fans in attendance. Both goalies traded saves back and forth, highlighted by several pad stops by Drake in the second period. The score was 0-0 after 2 periods. Colton Marchand continued his sizzling scoring pace half way through the 3rd to break the goose egg, Cameron Yates and Hunter Bettens assisting. TJ Forrest would give the Cougars a 2 goal cushion with 4 minutes to play on a hard drive to the net, picking up a pass from Marchand. With the Cougars shorthanded and the Whaler net empty, Jared Macissac would get the Whalers on the board with 2 minutes to play, Brock MacLeod with the helper. The Whalers would continue the pressure with the extra man untill MacLeod buried the equalizer with 31 seconds remaining. Final score 2-2. Drake was sensational making 32 saves while Gibbons-Cook had 26 stops.
On Sunday the Cougars pounced on the board first. Chase Fraser from the point after some nice play by Josh Perry. And Logan O'Neil scored late on the PP from Dylan Pimentel and Bettens. Connor Campbell scored early in the 2nd frame to give the home team a 3 goal cushion, from O'Neil and Bettens. However Dartmouth wouldn't quit and scored 2 quick goals. MacIssac from Cole Mitchell on the PP, and then Noah Samways from Alex Hector and Andrew Long. The Cougars would gain momentum near the end of the 2nd by a PP goal off the stick of Pimentel, Logan Struthers and Jarrett Baker assisting. Cougars led 4-2 with 20 minutes to play. Marchand would find the net in the 3rd to give the Cougars a 3 goal lead. O'Neil with the helper Final score Cougars 5-Whhalers 2. Cody Smith kicked aside 20 shots for the W, while Cole McLaren and Gibbons-Cook shared the net duties for the Whalers kicking aside 21 shots.
Cougars travelled to Port Hawksbury Civic Center on Saturday evening to play the Nova Jr XMen. Cameron Yates opened the scoring for the visitors on a nice feed from Logan Struthers, Derek Gentile also assisted. Late in the period, Colton Marchand fired a puck that found the twine and gave the Cougars a 2 goal lead. XMen came out flying in period 2 scoring 3 straight goals. James Walker from Logan Timmons, Jacob Hudson from Blair Fraser and Walker, and finally Cory MacLellan from Ryan MacLellan. XMen led 3-2 late into period #2. With time winding down Dylan Pimentel would gain the Cougars some momentum sniping a goal with 1:11 left on the clock. And just 40 seconds later Connor Campbell would give the Cougars the lead heading into the 3rd. The Breton Sport & Trophy Club would keep the momentum from the late 2nd period goals and find the back on the Nova net 3 more times in the 3rd. Marchand from Jarret Baker and Yates, Logan O'Neil on the PP from Gentile, and Gentile would score late from Chase Fraser and Marchand. Final score 7-3 in favor of the Cougars. Cody Smith got the W making 24 saves, while Peter Kopf shouldered the loss making 30 stops.
The XMen rolled into Emera Center Northside on Sunday AM looking for a series split. The 2 teams played back and forth hockey in the first with Cougar netminder Kaine Drake and Nova goalie Kopf being very stingy, leading to 0-0 game after the first. TJ Forrest would get the home team on the board early in period #2 after some hard work along the boards, Fraser with the assist. Gentile would then score 2 in a row, first unassisted after rushing down the left side and scoring low, then on the PP from Logan Struthers and Leon Denny. Cougars lead 3-0 after 2 periods. O'Neil would score early in the 3rd on a beautiful goal that elluded Kopf, Campbell and Pimentel assisting . Marchand would continue his hot play scoring late from Gentile and Yates. Drake was a perfect in nets kicking aside 20 shots, while Kopf made 21 saves for Nova.
Cougars host Dartmouth Whalers next weekend at 7 PM Saturday and 11 AM Sunday, both games at Emera Centre Northside.
Cougars competed in the East Coast Ice Jam, which hosted a major bantam division for the first time. The Cougars first played Fredericton Canadians and won by a score of 5-1; Colton Marchand had 2goals and 1 assists, Derek Gentile had a goal and a helper, Cameron Yates assisted on 2 goals, Dylan Pimentel and TJ Forrest had single tallies, while Leon Denny and Logan O'Neil each had 1 helper. Cody Smith made 20 saves for the win in nets.
In Game #2, Cougars defeated a tough Nova Jr XMen squad 5-1. Connor Campbell had the hot hand with 2 goals and 2 assists, ONeil had 1 goal and 2 assists, Marchand with 2 goals, Pimentel with 2 assists, while Hunter Bettens, Gentile, Mark Bates and Yates each added a single helper. Kaine Drake made 21 stops for the W.
In game #3, Cougars defeated Dieppe Flyers 4-1. Gentile and Marchand each continued their hot play with 3 points each, Yates added a goal while Fraser, Bettens, Denny, and Josh Perry each got on the scoresheet with an assist. Smith was the winning goalie. Shot totals were unavailable.
Cougars would again have to face the Jr X-Men in a re-match in the round of 16. Cougars came out hot and fired 41 shots at the X-Men net, but the Nova squad came out on top with a 5-4 margin of victory. Marchand led the way for the Cougars in a losing cause netting 2 goals and 1 assist, Campbell had a goal and a helper, Fraser scored for the CB club, Pimentel had 2 assists, Gentile and Yates had 1 helper apiece. Drake made 17 saves in a losing cause.
Cougars travelled to Pictou County Wellness Center on Saturday evening to take on the Scotsburn Crushers. Dylan Pimentel opened the scoring for the Cougars from Logan O'Neil and Connor Campbell, O'Neill and Pimentel would hook up again shortly after, this time O'Neil getting the goal. Colton Marchand scored, swooping in a loose puck, Derek Gentile and Cameron Yates getting the assists. Connor Campbell then scored on the PP on a beauty pass from Marchand in front of the net. Kevin Mason would get the Crushers on the board with the man advabtage, after a goal mouth scramble, Tim Shea and Evan Callaghan with the helpers. Marchand would find the net again in the 3rd from Gentile and Chad O'Neill. Captain Gentile would round out the scoring on a clapper that beat Crusher tender Mitchell Cummer. Marchand and Owen Higgins with the apples. Cody Smith made 20 saves for the win, Cummer had 26 stops in the loss.
The Truro Bearcats played host to the Cougars on Sunday after at the Rath Eastlink Community Center. Gentile would send Marchand in early on a partial break and he made no mistake beating goalie Jack Lynds. Gentile scored next breaking down the left side and finding a hole over Lynds shoulder to give the visitors a 2 goal cushion, Chase Fraser and Logan Struthers assisting. Cougar goalie Kaine Drake and Lynds would then settle in and put the wall up as no goals were allowed untill early in the 3rd when Pimentel would re-direct a Leon Denny shot from the point. O'Neil also assisted. Final score 3-1. Drake made 20 stops while Lynds had 21.
With the wins, the Cougars have won 12 straight NSMBHL games. The Cougars hit the road next week to play in the Ice Jam Tournament being held in Bedford. 20 teams from Atlantic Canada will be there. They play Fredericton, Nova Jr XMen and Dieppe in the round robin
The team of Smith, Higgins, Struthers, Paul, Pimentel, Yates and Forrest came out on top after a hard fought battle for the 3 on 3 Challenge Championship at the Emera Centre Northside.
The team was overheard to say "The competition was not that tough" although there are those who who disagree.
Despite the Meat Cover Flyers picking up a Russian skater (ringer) Roadkill won the championship in a shoot out before 10 or 12 cheering hockey fans at Emera today.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars faced off versus Halifax Accel Hawks on Saturday night at the Civic Centre. Connor Campbell opened the scoring for the Cougars on the PP after a mad scramble in front of Hawks goalie Matthew Welsh. Chase Fraser and Colton Marchand picked up assists. Matthew Steinburg got the Hawks on the board on a goal from Samuel Beaton. Score was 1-1 after one period. Cougars found the back of the net behind Welsh twice early in the second frame. First Derek Gentile scored from Cameron Yates and Marchand, and then Logan Struthers scored on the PP from Leon Denny. Both Welsh and Cougar tender Cody Smith settled in a groove after that, the score was 3-1 for the Cougars after 2. Ben MacDonald got the Hawks to within 1 with the man advantage, Christian Huntley and Beaton getting the helpers. Smith shut the door on the Hawks the rest of the way, and Gentile added an empty netter for a 4-2 win Smith made 21 stops for the win, while Welsh made 32 saves.
On Sunday AM, the Cougars played the league leading Barons at BMO Centre in Bedford. Goalies Kaine Drake of the Cougars and Brendan Hirtle of the Barons stole the show early leading to a scoreless draw after 1. Logan O'Neil scored twice in the second, first from Struthers and Gentile on the PP, and then from Gentile and Chad O'Neill to stake the visiitors a 2 goal lead. Barons answered quickly, AJ Allain scored from Kynan Berger to cut the leadin half. Marchand scored what turned out to be the game winner late in the 2nd finishing a beauty passing play from O'Neil and Gentile. Drake stopped Allain on a penalty shot late to hold the Cougars 2 goal lead going into period 3. Berger cut the lead to within 1 on the PP from Allain and Kennan MacIssiac. Dylan Pimentel tipped a shot from Stuthers on the PP to regain the Cougars 2 goal lead, and Leon Denny would score into the empty net to seal the deal for the Cougars. Final score 5-2 Cougars. Drake was solid kicking aside 26 shots vs the Barons, while Hirtle shouldered the loss making 19 saves.
Cougars play at home, Emera Centre Northside, the next 2 weeks. Versuse the Dartmouth Whalers on Dec 14 and 15th, and play host to Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats on Dec. 21st and 22nd.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars opened the scoring Saturday night at Emera Center Northside. Logan O'Neil from Dylan Pimentel and Leon Denny. Colton Marchand would find the net for the Cougars from Cameron Yates and Derek Gentile to give the hometeam a 2-0 lead after 1 period. The Cougars dominated the second scoring 4 times. Denny from Chase Fraser and Ashton Paul, Marchand with his second from Gentile, Fraser unassisted, and O'Neil with his second after a beauty play from Mark Bates. Andrew Picot from Nick Cullen and Shaun Miller replied for Newbridge. Cougars lead 6-1 after 2. Marchand would complete the hattrick early in the 3rd from Gentile who picked up his 3rd helper. Denny would add his second goal of the game from O'Neil, and Pimentel scored late off of a goal mouth scramble. The Senators would score three of their own in the 3rd, Chad Savary from Chad Wilson and Todd Johnston, Miller from Evan MacKinnon, and Wyllum Deveaux from Miller. Kaine Drake picked up the win making 23 saves. Matthew Normore and Chris Rutledge shared the net for the Sens, making a combined 18 saves.
The rematch was held Sunday AM at Emera Center Northside . Cougars scored 2 PP goals early, Logan Struthers first and then Gentile from O'Neil and Fraser. Miller would get the Sens on the scoredboard, the score was 2-1 after 1 period. Gentile would find the net early in the 2nd from Marchand and Jarrett Baker. Owen Higgins would score late in the 2nd for the home team from Pimentel and Gentile to make the score 4-1 after 2 periods. O'Neil would snipe twice in the 3rd, first on the PP from Gentile and Denny, and then, into an empty net from Pimentel and Connor Campbell. Miller would score for the Senators from Cullen and Deveaux. Final score 6-2 Cougars. Cody Smith made 16 saves for the win, Rutledge shouldered the loss making 18 saves.
Cougars hit the road to Metro next weekend, for a pivotal 2 games, Saturday night versus the Halifax Hawks and Sunday to battle the Bedford Barons.
The 2013/2014 edition of the Breton Sport & Trophy Cougar Major Bantam team are the first Cape Breton team to ever take home championship banner from the Esso tournament held in Halifax over the weekend.
Cougar's beat out the Western Hurricanes to capture the championship, avenging a defeat to the Hurricanes earlier on in the tournament.
Next up for the Cougars is the Ice Jam tournament also held in the Halifax area early in January.
Mitchell Balmas Cougar Alumni is one of Nova Scotia players that will be participating in this years World Under 17 Hockey Tournament being held in the local area.
Mitchell guided his major bantam team through two successful years in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.
Cougar head coach Kenny Tracey "We knew when Mitchell came to us he was a special player and he has proven that over and over during his time at major bantam, on behalf of all of us with the Cougar organization, we wish our old captain the very best and look forward to watching him compete during the tournament."
For the first time since 2001, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is returning to Nova Scotia, as our area will play host to the world’s top young players in 2014.
In Game #1 Saturday night, Cameron Yates opened the scoring for the Cougars, Colton Marchand and Derek Gentile assisted. Ben Higgins would answer for the Bearcats on an end to end rush, G Blackmore had the assist. From then on in it was all Cougars as they would score 6 unanswered goals. Logan O'Neil (1G 2A) Dylan Pimentel ( 1 G 2A), TJ Forrest, Connor Campbell would all tally for the home team. Gentile had 3 helpers, Marchand would add 2 assists for a 3 point night, Yates and Campbell each had 2 point nights. Chase Fraser and Mark Bates also tallied points. Cody Smith was solid making 16 saves, while Jack Lynds was busy making 36 stops in a losing cause.
On Sunday AM, Marchand would open the scoring, from Gentile and Yates. Chad O'Neil would score the eventual game winner for the Cougars from Josh Perry. Ben Higgins would find the back of the night again for the 2nd game in a row, from G Blackmore and Austin McBurnie. Gentile would put the game on ice in the 3rd from Marchand and Logan Struthers. Kaine Drake made 10 stops for the W, while Alec MacDonald made 39 saves for the Bearcats.
Next up for the Cougars is the Esso Tournament held annually in Halifax. 20 of the top Major Bantam teams from Atlantic Canada will be there. Last year the Cougars finished short, ending up with the silver medal. Round robin play begins Thursday vs Fredericton
On October 26th with Bedford in town, the team took part in their Breast Cancer Awareness game for this season.
As part of the activities, tickets were sold on an Marc Andre Fleury signed "Eagles Pink in the Rink" jersey, the jersey was donated by Ron Crawley of City Printers in Sydney, the team raised $500.00 to be donated to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ceremonial face off for the evening was handled by breast cancer survivor Shauna MacLean and her son Adam.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars travelled to the western side of CB to battle Nova Jr X Men at Port Hawksbury Civic Centre. Nova would get on the board first on the PP, Avery Warner from Logan Timmons and Spencer Barron. Leon Denny would get a PP goal of his own for the Cougars, Dylan Pimentel and Derek Gentile had the helpers. Timmons would then score for X, again with the man advantage, Warner and Barron assisting. Cougars trail 2-1 after the first.
In the 2nd, Colton Marchand would tie the game up on a play from Logan Struthers and Owen Higgins. Logan O'Neil would put the Cougars ahead by 1 after a battle behind the net, Chase Fraser had the helper. However, the Cougars found themselves in penalty trouble again and the line of Timmons, Warner and Barron would collect their 3rd PP goal of the night. The score was 3-3 after 2 periods.
The third was all Cougars. Pimentel would score the eventual game winner, tipping a Higgins point shot. O'Neil also had an assist on the play. Gentile would score coming out of the corner after Struthers made an incredible play to keep the puck in the Nova zone to put the Cougars up by 2. Marchand would add an insurance marker from Fraser and Gentile. Final score 6-3. Kaine Drake was solid especially in the 3rd for the W, Colten Ellis suffered the loss. Shot totals were unavailable.
Cougars next host the Truro Bearcats for 2 games next Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 11 AM at Emera Centre Northside.
Saturday evening in Berwick the Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars played visitors to the Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats. Colton Marchand would open the scoring for the Cougars on a goal mouth scramble from Cameron Yates. Yates would score late in the 2nd, from Marchand and Derek Gentile. However just 9 seconds later, Valley would get on the board. Jonah Vidito would bury a rebound past Cody Smith, Christopher Llewellyn had the initial shot. Logan O'Neil gave the visitors a 2 goal cushion heading into the 3rd, Dylan Pimentel and Connor Campbell had the helpers. O'Neil would add his 2nd late in the game from Pimentel and Logan Struthers. Final score 4-1. Cody Smith was solid in the win, Paul Janes suffered the loss, shot totals were unavailable.
On Sunday The Cougars rolled into the Pictou County Wellness Center to battle the Scotsburn Crushers. The Cougars roared out of the gate dominating play in the first but Crusher tender Tyler Howe stopped all 22 first period shots fired his way. The score was 0-0 after the first. In the second the Cougars once again dominated play firing 12 shots at Howe, but had no luck. With 2 minutes to play in the 2nd frame, Crusher Jake Martin scored on a wild scramble, Tim Shea assisted. The Breton Sport & Trophy were relentless in the 3rd and were rewarded with 2 goals from Captain Derek Gentile. The tying goal was a beauty shot that eluded Howe. Marchand had the helper. Gentile would then score the game winner on the PP from Leon Denny and Hunter Bettens. Kaine Drake would shut the door the rest of the way, Cougars win 2-1. Drake made 13 saves to get the W, while Howe shouldered the loss, despite making 51 saves.
Captain Derek Gentile opened the scoring on the PP for the Cougars on a top shelf shot that beat Barons goalie Brendan Hirtle over the shoulder. Leon Denny and Logan Struthers assisted. Struthers gave the home team a 2 goal lead with a huge shot from the point, Gentile assisted. Kyle Sexton got the Bedford team on the board on a rebound that eluded Kaine Drake in the Cougars net. AJ Allain had the helper. Logan O'Neil gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead on a breakaway. His goal was from Owen Higgins and Connor Campbell.
Sexton scored 2 in the 3rd to tie the game, Keenan MacIssiac and Allain assisting. Kaine Drake made several sensational saves for the Cougars including a huge blocker save, on a Barons 3 on 1 rush late to preserve the point. He had 25 stops in total. Hirtle made 13 saves.
On Sunday Colton Marchand scored from Gentile to give the home team an early lead. O'Neil followed shortly after from Dylan Pimentel to give the Cougars a 2 goal lead. Morgan Robinson would bury a goal on the PP from MacIssiac to get Bedford on the scoreboard. Sexton then added his 4th of the weekend from Brett Thorne.
Marchand would put on the heroes cap for the Cougars with the game winner in the 3rd.
Cody Smith was spectacular making 20 saves, including a highlight reel save late in the game. Lukasz Kolanko suffered the loss making 14 saves.
The 3 point weekend was huge for the Cougars following 2 losses at the hands of Bubba Rays Gulls. Gulls took game 1 3-1, Shane Bowers had 2 goals and an assist for the goals while Liam Stagg had a single on the PP.Jake Sampson, Jack Cameron and David Worth each had single assists. Derek Gentile had the lone goal for the Cape Breton club. Kaine Drake had 16 saves in a losing effort while Kirklin Allan had 18 for the Gulls. In the second game Worth, from Jacob Power and Bradley Shaw would open the scoring with Bowers adding an insurance marker from Cameron and Stagg. It was to be the only goals in the game as the Cougars were blanked. Allan made 27 stops for the shut out and Cody Smith had 26 saves.
Cougars opened the scoring on Saturday night on a goal mouth scramble, Josh Perry buried the puck with Chad O'Neill and TJ Forrest assisting. Jacob Nobbe would tie the game for the Hawks on a shot that bounced off of a defenders skate, Matthew Steinberg getting the helper. The Forrest, O'Neill, Perry line would connect again with Forrest getting the marker, O'Neill and Perry helpers as the Cougars take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd. Veteran Ian Drysdale would tie the game on a delayed penalty call midway through the 3rd, Samuel Beaton had the assist. Final score 2-2. Cougars goalie Kaine Drake was solid with 18 saves and Hawks goalie Matthew Welsh with 24 saves were the goalies of record.
Sunday AM, Cougar defencemen Owen Higgins scored his first goal which turned out to be the game winner, Colton Marchand had an assist. With the home town team holding a slim 1 goal lead after 2, Logan O'Neil scored from Derek Gentile and Leon Denny to give the Cougars some breathing against a battling Hawks club. Dylan Pimentel would add an insurance marker late from Logan O'Neil as the Cougars win 3-0. Goalie Cody Smith recorded his 2nd shutout in 4 games, making 27 stops. Douglas Stewart-Good suffered the loss making 24 saves.
Cougar Derek Gentile was voted the player of the week in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League for the last week of September.
Derek is a French Immersion grade 9 student at Whitney Pier Memorial.
Gentile came through the Sydney Minor Hockey system and lives on Columbia street in Sydney with parents Paul and Jody.
Derek led the Cougars with a 5 goal and and 2 assist weekend during road games in Lantz and Dartmouth.
Congrats from Cougar staff and players.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars have announced October 26th as their Breast Cancer Awareness game for 2013.
The Cougars will take on one of the league leaders, Bedford Barons, at 7:00 pm that evening at the Emera Centre Northside.
The team will be selling tickets on an opportunity to win a Marc Andre Fleury Screaming Eagle "Pink in the Rink" jersey that evening signed by Marc Andre Fleury. The jersey was donated to the team by Ron Crawley of City Printers. All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.
The draw will take place in the third period of Sunday's game.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars defeated the Newbridge Academy Senators 8-2 on Saturday night, led by a 5 point performance from Derek Gentile who had 4 goals and 1 helper. Colten Marchand had 2 goals, while Logan O'Neil had 1 goal and 1 assist, Leon Denny and Logan Struthers each had 2 assists. TJ Forrest had a single tally. Cody Smith had 25 saves for the win.
It was a battle till the final buzzer at the Sportsplex in Dartmouth Sunday morning as the Cougars edged the Whalers 3-2. Gentile and Marchand each had 2 point nights with 1 goal and 1 assist, while Chase Fraser scored 1. Kaine Drake made 33 saves for the win.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars had a successful home opener Saturday night at Emera Centre Northside, defeating the Western Hurricanes 2-1. Connor Campbell scored late in the first, shorthanded from Hunter Bettens. Cameron Yates gave the home team a 2 goal lead on a beauty goal from Colten Marchand and Chase Fraser. Ian MacPhee scored late for the Hurricanes, Cougars win 2-1. Drake kicked aside 8 shots for the win, Parker Rowter had the loss, making 23 saves.
Hurricanes came out flying in game 2, grabbing the early lead on a goal by MacPhee. The Cougars tied the game on a goal by Josh Perry, Derek Gentile and TJ Forrest assisted. Gentile scored with less then a second left in the first on the power play from Fraser and Bettens. No goals were scored in the second. In the 3rd, Ryan O'Toole scored on a penalty shot to tie the game midway through and MacPhee again on the PP, gave the Western team the lead, Walter Flower would score an empty netter to seal the win. Cougars are defeated 4-2.
Cody Smith kicked aside 17 shots for the Cougars, while Adam Grimmitt had 15 saves for the Hurricanes.
Cougars take to the road next week as they travel to metro Halifax to take on the Newbridge Senators and Dartmouth Whalers.
In the season opener, the Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars swept 2 games from the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Storm, winning 6-3 on Saturday night and 3-0 on Sunday in Cole Harbour.
On Saturday night, Connor Campbell led the way with a hatrick, Dylan Pimentel had 2 goals and Derek Gentile had a single to go with 2 Assists. Logan O'Neil had 4 helpers. Cameron Yates and Colten Marchand each had 2 assists. Chase Fraser had 1 helper. Kaine Drake secured the win making 20 saves.
On Sunday Cody Smith made a perfect major bantam debut kicking aside 15 saves for a shutout in a 3-0 Cougars win. Gentile and O'Neil each had a goal and as assist. Colten Marchand had a single goal. Pimentel, Yates and Campbell each had a helper.
Cougars home opener is next Saturday at Emera Centre Northside as they host rival Western Hurricanes at 7 pm. !! Go Cougars Go
Cougar coaches and players invade Glace Bay on Sunday afternoon to spend some time at the Passendale Golf Course. Photo taken in club house. After the tournament all players headed to Coach Tracey's for a barbeque to finish off a fun day at the course.
The team of Chad O'Neill, Chase Fraser, Owen Higgins and GM Graham Quinn proved to be the eventual winners in this years team tournament. The tournament this year was held at the Passendale Course with a barbeque following at Coach Traceys.
Peter Siepierski of ATP Fitness Consulting has accepted the position of strength and conditioning coach for our Major Bantam hockey team.
Cougar's General Manager, Graham Quinn, noted that Peter's background and proven successes make him the perfect choice for our young 13 and 14 year old hockey players to develop the proper habits and strength & conditioning techniques that will carry with them as they progress through their hockey and future life. Quinn goes to say the Cougar Hockey Club is very happy to have Peter on board and look forward to a long relationship to help and support our local hockey players succeed in their future aspirations in this great game.
ATP can be reached through their website at:
Cougars recently hosted Major Bantam Provincials in North Sydney at Emera Centre Northside.
In Game #1 the host team defeated Newbridge Senators 4-0. Dylan Morley led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists, Mitchell Balmas had 2 goals, Brandon Farrell had 3 helpers, Branden Dauphinee had 1 goal and 1 assist, while Logan O'Neil and Derek Gentile each chipped in with a helper. Levi Denny had 19 saves for the shut-out.
In Game #2 on Friday morning, Dauphinee led the way with 3 goals and an assist to lead the Cougars to a 7-5 win. O'Neil had 4 helpers, while Morley had 1 goal and 3 assists, Balmas, Landon Trickett, and Dylan Pimentel each had a goal while Gentile, Hunter Bettens, and Cameron Yates each had 1 assist. Denny had 18 stops in the win.
In Game #3 Cougars defeated a tough Valley Wildcats squad by a score of 6-2. Daniel Reid led the attack with a hattrick, Balmas had 2 goals and 2 assists, Gentile had 3 helpers, Morley, Dauphinee, Trickett, and Logan Struthers each had single points. Liam MacDonald had 19 saves in the win.
Game #4 was a battle between the the 2nd and 3rd place teams in Nova Scotia. The always tough Western Hurricanes jumped out to a 3 goal lead after 2 periods. But the Cougars came to life in the 3rd. In front of a loud Cougar crowd of 700, Reid and O'Neil scored to bring the came to within 1, O'Neil would score his second of the game minutes later to deadlock the game at 3's. With momentum and the hometown fans on their side, Captain Mitchell Balmas sniped the winner, and he also added an empty netter, final score 5-3 in favor of the Cape Breton team. Farrell, who was solid all game on the back end, had 2 assists in the 3rd period comeback. Gentile, Dauphinee and Matt LeBlanc also had helpers. Levi Denny kicked aside 21 shots for the win. It was the first win the Cougars franchise ever had over the Western Club.
After the round robin, some Cougars picked up awards, Mitchell Balmas was named MVP and also Top Scorer, while Dylan Morley was named an All-Star.
Cougars finish 1st after round robin play and took on the regular season champs in the first semi-final. In front of 900 fans, this game did not disappoint. Micheal O'Leary opened the scoring for the Hawks in the second period. Hawks lead 1-0 with 20 to play. Yates scored from Trickett and Pimentel in the 3rd to even the game, and send it to overtime. In OT, both goalies stole the show, Denny for the Cougars and Reilly pickard for the Hawks kicked aside every shot they seen through-out the extra frame. 1 OT wouldn't be enough as the teams remained deadlocked after 4 periods. in the 5th period, Nathan LeDrew fired a knuckler past a screened Denny, Hawks win 2-1 and advance to finals.
On Sunday the Cougars showed ready to battle for bronze vs. Bubba Rays Gulls. Johnny Foley would open the scoring for Gulls and give them a 1 goal lead after 2 periods. With time ticking down, Dman Bettens fired a rocket past Gulls netminder Matt Williams to send the game to OT once again, Balmas and Morley getting the assists. Once again, the goalies stole the show, Denny and Williams kicked aside every shot in the extra frame, and sent the Cougars to double OT for the second game in a row. This time, Morley and Bettens hooked up to send a speedy Derek Gentile down the left wing and he scored on a backhander to give the Cougars the bronze!!
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars held off a hard charging Dartmouth Whalers in Game #1 of Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League play-offs at Shannon Arena in Dartmouth Saturday night.
Cougars netminder Levi Denny made 13 saves in the first to keep the game close and Dylan Morley scored from Brandon Dauphinee to give the Cougars a 1 goal lead after 1 period.
In the second the Whalers fired 13 again at Denny, but he once again slammed the door on the Whalers. Dan Reid from Derek Gentile and Mitchell Balmas, and Balmas from Brandon Farrell would score late to give the CBRM club a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to play.
The Cougars found their legs in the 3rd period firing 4 goals by Whaler goalie Jacob Gibbons-Cook. Reid, Balmas, and Morley each scored their 2nd and Chad O'Neill contined his hot play going top shelf late in the game. Denver Donnoly from Carlin West-Newcomb scored for the Whalers. Balmas had 2 goals and 2 assists, while Morley added a helper for a 3 point night. Dauphinee had 2 helpers while Logan O'Neil picked up a single assist. Final score 7-1
Denny was spectacular, especially early, making several highlight reel saves to keep the game close. He finished with 35 stops while Gibbons-Cook kicked aside 19 for the Whalers. Final score 7-1.
Game #2 takes place Saturday March 2nd at 7 PM, Game # 3 if necessary takes place Sunday March 3rd at 11 AM. Both games to be held at Emera Centre Northside.
The winner of the best of 3 series advances to NSMBHL play-offs being hosted by the Cougars March 7-10 at Emera Centre Northside.
Cougars started off slow in the tournament losing the opener 5-1 to Nova Jr XMen. Branden Dauphinee scored the lone goal. Trent Wilkie was sensational in the XMen nets making 31 saves. Levi Denny suffered the loss, before being replaced by Liam MacDonald who made 14 saves in relief.
Game #2 saw the Cougars jump out to a 3-1 lead against the always tough Bubba Rays Gulls. Brady Buchanen, Dauphinee, and Mitchell Balmas scored for the Cougars. Cameron Yates had an assist. However the Gulls came back with 3 goals to deadlock the game at 3. Levi Denny made several spectacular saves to salvage a point for the Cape Breton team.
Game #3 saw the Cougars needing a win versus the Newbridge Senators. A tie or a loss would mean elimanation. Once again the Cougars started quick staking themselves a 3 goal lead. Dauphinee, Derek Gentile, and Dylan Morley getting the goals. Once again though, the opposing team scored 3 in the 2nd to even the game at 3's with 20 minutes to play. Dan Reid donned the heroes hat for the Cougars sniping the game winner on Gulls goalie Matt Williams. Final score 4-3 Cougars. Balmas had 3 helpers while Gentile picked up 2 for a 3 point night. Hunter Bettens, Brandon Farrell, and Landon Trickett all had single assists.
Cougars faced a daunting task in the semi's taking on a red-hot Halifax Accel Hawks team. Chad O'Neill would score his first goal of the year on a goal assisted by Gentile. However, the Hawks stormed back with 3 goals of their own halfway through the second period. Cougars didn't quit and fought back with 2 PP markers from Balmas and Dauphinee. Score was 3-3 after 2 periods. This time, Logan O'Neil scored the game winner and Liam MacDonald shut the door in nets. Cougars win 4-3 to advance to finals,. Dauphinee picked up 2 helpers for a 3 point night, Logan Struthers had 2 helpers, while Farrell and Gentile each added singles.
In the finals, a determined Cougars club jumped out to an early lead versus the high flying Bedford Barons. Gentile from Reid opened the scoring. Dauphinee, who had scored in every game, sniped a goal from Trickett and Balmas. Gentile scored his 2nd of the game from Balmas and Trickett for a 3 goal lead after 2 periods. In the 3rd, Dylan Pimentel scored from Morley and O'Neil, while Denny kicked aside 21 shots to perserve the win. Final score Cougars 4, Barons - 0. Denny made 39 saves in total in the game and was named all star goalie. Derek Gentile was named tournament MVP. He had 6 points in the last 3 games.
The Bantam Memorial Title is the first banner in Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars franchise history and is a big boost for the players, coaches, board members and sponsors as they prepare for play-offs and provincials which take place at Emera Centre Northside starting at March 7th.
Mitchell Balmas opened the game with 2 quick goals Saturday night and the Cougars never looked back as they skated to a 9-1 win over the Dartmouth Whalers. Logan O'Neil and Derek Gentile assisted on Balmas' first goal, Logan Struthers got the assist on Balmas second goal on the PP. Score was 2-0 after 1 period. Second period was all Cougars as they scored 6. Gentile on a PP breakaway from Balmas and Brandon Farrell, Landon Trickett on the powerplay, Gentile from Balmas, Dylan Morley from O'Neil and Branden Dauphinee, a SH tally from Balmas, and O'Neil from Struthers and Dauphinee. Gentile sniped his 3rd of the game from Balmas, and Quinn MacDonald scored the Whalers only goal late on the powerplay. Final score 9-1 Levi Denny had the win for the Cougars making 23 stops, while Reid Beck had 31 saves for the Whalers
Cougars kept the offense rolling on a snowy Sunday skating to a 10-2 win over the Whalers. Balmas again led the way with 3 goals, his second hattrick in 2 days, and also added 2 helpers for an 11 point weekend. Second year players Morley, Dauphinee, and Farrell had big games, Morley with 3 goals and an assist, Dauphinee had 1 goal and 3 assists, while Farrell had 3 helpers. O'Neil had 2 goals and 1 assist, Gentile scored 1, and Trickett, Dan Reid, Brady Buchanan, and Chase Fraser each had 1 helper. For the Whalers, Tyus MacSween scored from Dylan Evans and Brock MacLeod, followed by another quick goal by Zakk McKenna from Carlin West Newcombe and Devon Blackmore MacDonald.
Liam MacDonald picked up the win making 20 saves, while Jacob Gibbons-Cook made 19 stops for the Whalers
With the 4 points, the Cougars take over first place in Nova Scotia, moving 1 point ahead of the Western Hurricanes, who have a game in hand.
Cougars take to the road next week to battle the Scotsburn Crushers .
Cougars met up with a tough Valley squad Saturday night at the Appledome. Cougars led 3-2 after 1 period on goals from Logan Struthers, with his first, on the PP, Derek Gentile, and Mitchell Balmas. In the 2nd Dylan Morley sniped for the CB team, but was answered by 2 goals from Kings Mutual. Score was tied 4-4 after 2. Drake Batherson scored an early PP goal to give the Wildcats a 5-4 lead. It would stay that way untill Gentile scored his second of the with 2 minutes to play. However, Josh MacMillan donned the heroes hat for the 'Cats, scoring the winner with 1:24 to play. Final score 6-5 in favor of the Valley squad. Balmas had 4 points to lead the Cougars while Gentile added an assist for a 3 point night. Dylan Pimentel, Brandon Farrell, Landon Trickett, Logan O'Neil, and Branden Dauphinee all had single helpers. Batherson, Cole Rafuse, Cody Budghart and Gregor Macleod all had 3 point nights for the 'Cats, MacMillan and Dylan Taylor each had 2 point nights while Chris Llewlyn had a single assist.
Liam MacDonald shouldered the loss, while Paul Janes had the win in relief of Kate Spooner. Shot totals were unavailable.
Sunday am the Cougars bounced back against the Hawks. Halifax's Liam Delehanty scored the only goal of the first. The second period saw the Cougars score 3, Gentile from Balmas, Dylan Morley, and Hunter Bettens, with his first. Michela O'Leary replied for the Hawks, score was 3-2 with 20 to play. Morgan Barron tied the game in the 3rd on a PP goal assisted by Ryan Murphy. Dauphinee, on the PP would score the game winner deflecting a shot from Bettens, Balmas also assisted. Final score 4-3 Cougars. Levi Denny picked up the dub making 20 stops, while Reilly Pickard sufferd the loss making 16 saves.
Cougars play host to Dartmouth Whalers on Feb 2nd and 3rd at Emera Centre Northside
In the Cougars first game since before Christmas, they showed little rust despite being off for 3 weeks, in a 7-3 win over the Bedford Barons. Barons sniper Matt Green opened the scoring on a goal assisted by Alex Arab and AJ Allain. However, the home team answered back a minute later on a PP goal from Derek Gentile on a one-timer from Logan Struthers, Hunter Bettens also assisted. Captain Mitchell Balmas would give the home team a 2-1 lead after 1 period. The second period was all Cougars. Logan O'Neil scored 3 in the frame, Dylan Pimentel and Brandon Dauphinee also scored for a 7-1 Cougar lead after 2. Barons captain Matt Green would snipe 2 more in the 3rd for a hatty of his own. Cougars win 7-3. O'Neil added an assist for a 4 point night, Dauphinee added 2 assists for 3 points, Struthers and Bettens each added 2 helpers, while Pimentel and Dylan Morley each had a single.
Levi Denny was solid making 19 saves for the win, while Lukasz Kolanko had 6 stops, before being replaced by Brendon Hirtle who had 14 saves for the Barons.
In Game #2, Saturday am, Morley staked the Cougars to an early lead on a goal from O'Neil. The second period was all Barons, as the leagues highest scoring team scored 4 to take a 4-1 lead with 20 minutes to play. Matt Green with 2, Alex Arab and Keegan Gauthier all scored in the second period. Cougars clawed back to within 2 goals early in the third on a goal from O'Neil, Morley and Dauphinee with the helpers. However, Arab would score again to retain the Barons 3 goal lead. Dauophinee, from Morley, brought the game within 2 once again, but Green would score his 3rd goal of the game, his second hat trick in 2 games to solidify the win. Final score Barons 6, Cougars 3
Liam MacDonald shouldered his first loss of the season, making 16 saves before being replaced by Denny who made 8 stops in the 3rd. Hirtle picked up the win for the Barons kicking out 22 saves.
Cougars take to the road next week versus Kings Mutual Wildcats in Berwick and then at the Hailifax Forum on Sunday to take on the Hawks.
Saturday night at Cole Harbour Place, the ice was barely dry as Mitchell Balmas sniped a goal 15 seconds into the game. Dylan Morley and Balmas with his 2nd would score to give the visiting team a 3-0 lead after 1 period. The Storm came out flying in the second, and only the stellar play of Cougar 'tender Liam MacDonald kept the Storm off the board. Daniel Reid scored early in the 3rd to make the score 4-0. Balmas added an assist for a 3 point night, Derek Gentile added 2, while Dylan Morley and Brandon Dauphinee added single helpers. MacDonald collected his 3rd shut-out of the year, while Mark Grametbauer was solid in the Storm net, shot totals were unavailable.
With only 2 points seperating the teams for first place, the Gulls played host to the Cougars at the Forum in Halifax. The Cougars out shot the Gulls 14-6 in the first, but Matt Williams was stingy in the Gull net stopping everything fired his way. The Gulls took the play to the Cougars in the 2nd, but goalie Levi Denny was spectacular making 10 stops. The score was 0-0 with 20 to play. In the 3rd with 10 minutes to play, Balmas found Gentile at the side of the net, and Gentile made no mistake for a 1-0 Cougar lead. The rest of the game was all Big Guy Denny, who shut the door for his second shut out of the year, make the final 1-0 Cougars.
The Cougars roll into Christmas as the first place team in the league. The team has a few weeks off from league play to enjoy the holidays.
On Saturday night, in an exciting game between Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars and Western Hurricanes, the 'Canes came out on top 4-3.
Branden Dauphinee opened the scoring for the home team, on a blast from the tp of the circle. Keith Getson tied it up at one soon after. Logan O'Neil scored late in the period the Cougars a 2-1 lead after 1. Matt barron replied for the visiting team to knot the game at 2's. It would stay that way until late in the period when Logan Walters scored to give the Western team a 3-2 lead with 20 to play. The 3rd was back and forth with both teams getting quality scoring chances. O'Neil sniped his second of the game with 4 minutes to play but was answered back less then a minute later by Cameron Jacquard with the winner to give the Western Hurricanes a 4-3 win. Logan O'Neil had a 3 point night for the Cougars while Dauphinee had 1 goal and 1 assist. Levi Denny was stellar making 21 saves, Colby Muise had 25 saves for the Hurricanes.
On Sunday morning the teams were back at it, with the Western club within striking distance of the Cougars 30 pts. The home team opened the scoring on a goal that was all hard work. Cameron Yates scored assisted by Chad O'Neill and Brady Buchanen. Getson scored on the PP to tie the game. Getson scored his second early in period # 2. However Mitchell Balmas scored 2 for the Cougars to for a 3-2 lead after 2. Keith Getson scored his 3rd of the game shorthanded to tie the game but Dylan Morley gave the Cape Breton squad a 4-3lead on a goal set up by Dauphinee and Matt LeBlanc. Getson would score his 4th of the game, again shorthanded to tie the game at 4. Liam MacDonald had 23 saves, many from close range, and Luke Emin had 24 for the Hurricanes.
Cougars have 2 more games before the Christmas break. Saturday in Cole Harbor vs the Pro Hockey Life Storm, and Sunday vs Bubba Rays at the Halifax Forum. Go Cougars Go.
Cougars staged a 3rd period rally to defeat Newbridge Senators Saturday night in East Hants. The home team took the play to the Cougars early staking themselves a 2-0 lead on goals from Ryan MacDonald and Connor Peveril. A rejuvanated Cougars squad, led by the veteran players took the ice in the 3rd. With 10 minutes to play, Mitchell Balmas scored shorthanded from Derek Gentile to cut the lead to 1. With less then 5 to play, Gentile sniped a short handed goal of his own, from Balmas to knot the game at 2's. This set the stage for Logan O'Neil's game-winner with 2 and a half minutes to go. Brandon Dauphinee and Dylan Morley assisted on the winner. Levi Denny made several hilight reel saves for the win, while Evan Fitzpatrick shouldered the loss. Shot totals were unavailable.
Sunday am, the first place Cougars travelled to Tatamagouche to take on the Truro Bearcats. Dylan Morley, Dan Reid and a SH goal by Balmas gave the Cape Breton team a 3 goal cushion with 20 minutes to play. Landon Trickett scored his first on the PP witha lazer beam wrister from the point. O'Neil sealed sealed the deal with a breakway goal halfway through the 3rd. Gentile had 2 helpers, while Dauphinee, O'Neil, Balmas and Morley had single helpers. Brody MacPhee scored for the Bearcats late in the game after a scramble in front of the net. Liam MacDonald made 20 saves for the win, while Brandon Archibald made 26 stops for the Truro squad.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars currently stand alone in first place in the NSMBHL. They play at home vs the Western Hurricanes who sit just 4 points behind the Cougars in a 2 game set at Emera Centre Northside on Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16.
The Breton Sport & Trophy Major Bantams have adopted a family for the holidays. The effort is being coordinated through the Ann Terry Project.
We all understand that there are those whose circumstances are not as fortunate as ours and Xmas is a time of extreme stress rather than a joyful occasion. For those, there is little hope of having a Merry Christmas and our Cougar families are stepping in to help out.
The players are donating a looney of their money at every practice for the month of November, the team is matching their donation, all proceeds go to our adopted family to help out on Xmas day.
Cougar parents have the details on some items this family could use and are purchasing the items during their Christmas shopping this season. As it should be there will be smiles on Xmas day in one more household and one more child.
Cougar players getting into the spirit of Christmas.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign goes into high gear during the run up to Christmas.
Cougar hockey players man the kettles in doing their small part to help brighten the season for those whose circumstances may be challenging at this time of year.
Although a very busy group of young people, Cougars will be helping out again this year.
All money raised in the Salvation Red Kettle Campaign stays in CBRM
Mitchell Balmas won the award for most points and was also a first team all-star forward. Levi Denny and Liam MacDonald shared first team all-star goalie. Derek Gentile won the award for most goals and Branden Dauphinee was named as a second team all-star forward.
Cougars took part in Esso Atlantic Major Bantam Tournament on the weekend going 4-0 in round robin tournament.
Fredericton Canadians - 4
Cougars - 7
The goal scorers were Derek Gentile and Logan O'Neil with 2 each, Mitchell Balmas, Daniel Reid, and Dylan Morley. Game MVP was Balmas.
Sherwood Falcons -3
Cougars - 11
Goal scorers were Branden Dauphinee with 3, Reid, Gentile and Balmas with 2 each, O'Neil and Morley. Game MVP was Gentile
Scotsburn Crushers - 1
Cougars - 5
Goal scores were Balmas with 2, Gentile, Reid, and O'Neil. Game MVP was Morley
Bubba Rays Gulls - 0
Cougars - 3
Goal scorers were Gentile with 2 and Balmas. Game MVP was Reid
Cougars finished first in round robin and took on the Bubba Rays Gulls in the first quarter final game. The Gulls would open the scoring on a shot by Jacob Hickey. However Mitchell Balmas would answer back shorthanded less then a minute later to tie the game at 1. Dylan Morley added another shorthanded goal to give the Cougars a 2 goal lead after 2 periods. Balmas and Dauphinee scored early in the 3rd for a 3 goal lead. Despite a last goal by Connor Kirby, Game MVP Levi Denny shut the door for the remainder of the game for a hard fought 4-2 win.
In the semi-final game, A hard charging Newbridge Senators team came out flying vs the Cougars, yet failed to get one past Liam MacDonald. Evan Fitzpatrick was solid in the Sens net and the game was knotted at 0's after 2 periods. Reid scored the eventual game winner early the third, followed up by a goal from Dauphinee and Reid's second of the period into an empty net, for a 3-0 win. Goalie Liam MacDonald was game mvp.
Playing their 7th game in 4 days, the Cougars gave their all vs an always tough Western Hurricanes.Hurricanes jumped out to a lead on goals by Keith Getson, Chris Goreham, and Logan Walters to spot them a 3 goal lead heading into the 3rd. A resilient Cougars club scratched back and goals by Dylan Pimentel and Balmas to make the score 3-2. But with goalie Levi Denny on the bench for an extra attacker, Walters scored his second into an empty net for a 4-2 Hurricanes win.
Brandon Farrell was game MVP in the championship game
The Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars defeated the Truro Bearcats 5-0 Saturday night at Emera Centre Northside. The Cougars jumped out to an early lead on goals by Logan O'Neil and Dylan Morley. Brady Buchanan and Derek Gentile also scored in the first to give the home team a 4-0 lead after 1 period. The score remained that way until Mitchell Balmas scored early in the third to seal the win. Levi Denny had the shut-out for the Cougars. Morley, Gentile, and O'Neil each had 1 assist and each had 2 point games. Brandon Farrell and Cameron Yates also had assists. Jack Lynds had the start for the Bearcats before being replaced by Brandon Archibald late in the first.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars won their second game of the weekend 8-0 vs Pictou Scotsburn Crushers Sunday morning at Emera Centre Northside. Brandon Dauphinee with 2 goals and 2 assists and Mitchell Balmas with 1 goal and 3 assists led the Cougar attack with 4 points each. Dylan Morley and Derek Gentile each had a goal and 2 assists. Chase Fraser, Logan O'Neil, and Brady Buchanan each had single tallys. Dan Reid had 2 helpers, while Logan Struthers, Matthew Leblanc, Brandon Farrell, Landon Trickett and Mark Bates each had 1 assist. Liam MacDonald made 17 saves for his 2nd shut-out of the year. Jaxon Maloney had 14 saves for the Crushers before being replaced by Tyler Howe who had 18 saves.
Cougars next games are at the Esso tournament. 24 of the top major bantam teams will be in Halifax as the Cougars test themselves versus the best teams in Atlantic Canada.
In front of an appreciative Glace Bay crowd at the Bayplex, the Cougars hand the Halifax Hawks, their first loss of the season 3-1. Daniel Reid opened the scoring for the CB club, scoring on the PP from Hunter Bettens and Derek Gentile. The score would stay that way until Logan O'Neil sniped a goal assisted by Dylan Morley and Mitchell Balmas. Morgan Barron got the Hawks on the board with a PP goal from Graham Rutledge and Micheal O'Leary. Reid scored his second of the game after a mad scramble in front of Hawks goalie Reilly Pickard, Morley had an assist on the play. Levi Denny was huge once again for the Cougars making 20 saves. Pickard had 20 stops in a losing cause.
The 2 teams went head to head again Sunday am, this time, at Emera Centre Northside. The Cougars jumped out a 2 goal lead in a little over a minte on goals from O'Neil and Balmas 9 seconds later. Christian Huntley scored to cut the lead to 1 heading to the 2nd. Morley and Gentile scored early in the 2nd, only to be answered by a PP goal from Ian Drysdale. The resilient Hawks battled back in the 3rd on goals by Jack Berrigan and Barron to knot the game, final score was 4-4. Balmas had 2 assists for a 3 point game for Cougars, Morley, Dylan Pimentel, Chase Fraser, Gentile, Brandon Farrell all had single assists. Micheal O'Leary, Barrett Dachyshyn, Barron, and Gaetan Tremblay had assists for the Hawks.
Levi Denny answered the call again, making 21 saves to give his team a point, Matthew Welsh had 23 saves for the Halifax team.
Cougars next home game is Saturday November 17th vs the Truro Bearcats at Emera Centre Northside.
Saturday night, the Cougars played a back and forth game vs the 'Canes. Quinton Johnson opened the scoring for Western on the PP with a point shot past a screened Levi Denny. Cougars leading scorer Mitchell Balmas answered back for the Cougars, Derek Gentile and Dan Reid had the assists. Branden Dauphinee gave the visitors the lead heading into the third with helpers by Brandon Farrell and Balmas. Cameron Jacquard tied the game early in the third at 2-2. Matt Barron gave the Western team the lead on a beauty pass by Jacob Myra. Late in the game, with the Cougars pressing and a 6th attacker on the ice, Balmas collected his 2nd of the game to tie the game at 3. Gentile and Landon Trickett had assists. Levi Denny saved 31 to salvage a point, while Colby Muise turned aside 24 for the 'Canes.
Sunday, at Sackville Sports Stadium, Cougars and Newbridge Senators tied 1-1 in a goalie duel. Ryan MacDonald opened the scoring for the Sens late in the first period. Goalie Evan Fitzpatrick stymied the hard charging Cougars until Logan O'Neil buried a wrister on the PP, Trickett and Chase Fraser had the helpers. Levi Denny made 32 saves, many highlight reel, while Fitzpatrick made 28 for the Senators.
Cougars next play at home vs the first place Halifax Accel Hawks, Saturday afternoon at the Bayplex at 4 pm, and at the friendly confines of Emera Centre Northside at 11 am Sunday. The Hawks, and their 10-0 record currently sit 3 points ahead of the second place Cougars. Come out and support the NSMBHL. Go Cougars Go!!!!
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars will be hosting the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Provincial Championship Tournament from March 7th to 10th, 2013.
The best of Nova Scotia's up and coming young hockey players will vie for the right to call themselves provincial champions next March at the Emera Centre, Northside.
This is the third year this tournament was hosted in Nova Scotia and the first in Cape Breton.
The tournament winner will compete against the best in the Atlantic Provinces in Prince Edward Island later in March.
Saturday night, Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars were led by Branden Dauphinee who had 2 goals and 2 assists in a 4-3 win over Bedford Mobil 1 Barons. Mitchell Balmas had 1 goal and a helper and Dylan Morley rounded out the scoring. Landon Trickett had an assist. Matthew Warner, Alex Arab, and Dallas Maxwell had goals for the Barons. Levi Denny picked up the win making 28 saves while Lukasz Kolanko shouldered the loss making 23 saves.
Sunday morning, the Cougars defeated Dartmouth Whalers 6-1. Balmas and Morley each scored 2 for the Cougars, while Dan Reid and Cameron Yates added singles. Dauphinee, Derek Gentile, Brady Buchanen, Logan Struthers, and Brandon Farrell all had assists. Zack McKenna scored a shorthanded goal for the Whalers. Liam MacDonald made 26 stops for the win, Beck Reid made 28 stops in a losing cause.
Cougars are on the road next weekend for 2 tough games. Saturday night they facing the Western Hurricanes. On Sunday, Cougars visit the Newbridge Senators. Both games are "Pink in the Rink" games to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
A huge crowd attended the Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars annual "Pink In The Rink" night for breast cancer awareness. The team wore pink laces and used pink stick tape, as well as having a pink ribbon sewn onto their jerseys for the game. Breast cancer survivor Carolyn Brown and her grandson, Nathan MacKinnon, who recently underwent a kidney transplant dropped the puck for this game. Also, the Northside Atom Girls team sang O Canada and scrimmaged between the second and third periods to celebrate World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend.
Logan O'Neil had a big night with 2 goals and 3 assists, Dylan Morley had 1 goal and 3 assists, Mitchell Balmas had 2 goals, while Dan Reid and Dylan Pimentel added single markers. Brenden Dauphinee had 2 assists and Hunter Bettens had 1 helper. The Wildcats goals were scored by Cody Burghardt with 2 and Anthony Corradini. Levi Denny made 16 stops including a spectacular glove save in the second to keep the momentum in the home teams favor. Kate Spooner had 16 stops for the Valley. Final score was 7-3
Both teams went back and forth on Sundays game, before cougars scored 3 in the third to defeat a hard working Wildcats team 7-3. Derek Gentile had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Cougars. Veteran players Balmas and Dauphinee each had 1 goal and 2 helpers. O'Neil added a goal and an assist for a 7 point weekend. Morley and Brady Buchanan rounded out the scoring. Brandon Farrell had 2 assists. Cole Rafuse, Drake Batherson, and Cody Burghardt replied for the visitors. Liam MacDonald made 15 saves for the win and Paul Janes made 21 stops for the Wildcats.
Cougars next game is on the road vs Bedford Barons on October 20.
Northside Atom Girls Hockey team will be singing our National Anthem before Cougars game this weekend, the Atom Girls will also be scrimmaging between 2nd and 3rd periods at Saturday nights game.
Female Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In our area it has grown from 2 teams in 2006 to 11 teams in 2012 with teams from Atom to Midget levels. Hockey is our Canadian game for both males and females and Cougars Hockey is very pleased to help our local girls celebrate Girls' Hockey Weekend in CBRM.
Front Row L to R: Liam MacDonald, Daniel Reid, Head Coach Ken Tracey, Mitchell Balmas, Brandon Farrell, Asst. Coach Shaun MacLeod, Dylan Morley, Levi Denny
Sec. Row L to R: Cameron Yates, Branden Dauphinee, Chase Fraser, Dylan Pimentel, Landon Trickett, Logan O'Neil, Hunter Bettens
Third Row L to R: GM Graham Quinn, Matthew LeBlanc, Logan Struthers, Chad O'Neill, Derek Gentile, Mark Bates, Brady Buchanan, Trainer Marc Lyle
Saturday afternoon, in Spryfield, Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars went toe to toe with the defending provincial champs, Bubba Rays Gulls. The end result, a 2-2 tie. After a scoreless first, Jacob Hickey found the back of the net first for the Gulls late in the second. However Cougar captain Mitchell Balmas answered right back less then a minute later, going top shelf, Derek Gentile and Hunter Bettens had the assists. Early in the 3rd, Matt Benteau put the Gulls ahead 2-1 with the helper going to Johnny Foley. The game went back and forth untill Gentile tied it up with 2 minutes to play. Logan Struthers and Balmas had helpers. Levi Denny stood tall in the Cougar net, making 14 saves. Matt Williams made 16 saves for the Gulls.
On Sunday am, Liam MacDonald backstopped the Cougars to a 3-0 win over the Truro Bearcats. MacDonald saved all 17 shots fired his way. Balmas scored the game winner on the PP in the first, on a goal assisted by Brandon Dauphinee and Gentile. Dylan Morley put the game away, scoring a pair of goals in the 3rd, Dylan Pimentel and Brady Buchanan had helpers. Brandon Archibald had 14 saves in the Bearcat net.
Cougars next play Oct 13th at Emera Centre Northside vs the Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats. There is no league play next weekend due to the Atlantic Challenge Cup. Good luck to Cougars Mitchell Balmas in the U-15 division, Derek gentile and Logan Struthers in the U-14 division as they represent Team Nova Scotia.
Congrats to Mitchell Balmas who will compete in the Under 15 division and Derek Gentile and Logan Struthers who will compete in the Under 14 division in the upcoming Challenge Cup.
Best wishes from Cougars players and Staff.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars open their 3rd NSMBHL season Saturday night with a 5-1 win over Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at Emera Centre Northside.
Rookie Logan O'Neil scored 2 goals in his league debut. Chase Fraser added a single on the PP, Mitchell Balmas and Derek Gentile each had a goal and an assist. Dylan Pimentel had 2 helpers and Daniel Reid chipped in with a single assist. Alex Bunguay had a PP marker for the Storm. Levi Denny picked up the win making 13 saves, while Mark Grametbauer suffered the loss despite making 24 stops.
On Sunday am, Cougars completed the sweep with a 9-3 win. Special teams were key as the home town team, scored 5 goals on the PP and 2 shorthanded goals. Vets Branden Dauphinee and Mitchell Balmas led the way with 4 points each, Dauphinee with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Balmas had a shorthanded tally and added 3 helpers. Logan O'Neil finished off a solid weekend with 2 goals and an assist. Gentile added a goal and assist, while Pimentel with a shorthanded marker, Reid, and Brady Buchanan added singles. Brandon Farrell had 2 assists, and Logan Struthers had a helper. Tyler Hinam, Sam Allison, and Jaret Gouthro replied for the visitors. Liam MacDonald picked up his first NSMBHL "W" making 10 saves. Brendon Keeler was busy in the Storm net, making 20 saves, before being replaced by Grametbauer late in the game.
The Cougars make their first road trip next weekend with games on Saturday September 29th vs Bubba Rays Gulls in Spryfield, and on Sunday September 30th vs Truro Bearcats.
Players by Name, Age and Minor Hockey Association, in no particular order:
Daniel Reid - 98 - CB County Minor
Logan O'Neil - 99 - CB County Minor
Derek Gentile - 99 - Sydney Minor
Dylan Morley - 98 - Northside Minor
Brady Buchanan - 98 - Glace Bay Minor
Chad O'Neill - 99 - Glace Bay Minor
Dylan Pimental - 99 - Glace Bay Minor
Branden Dauphinee - 98 - Glace Bay Minor
Cameron Yates - 99 - Glace Bay Minor
Mitchell Balmas - 98 - Sydney Minor
Hunter Bettens - 99 - Glace Bay Minor
Mark Bates - 99 - Sydney Minor
Brandon Farrell - 98 - CB County Minor
Chase Fraser - 99 - Glace Bay Minor
Landon Trickett - 98- CB West Minor
Logan Struthers - 99 -Glace Bay Minor
Matthew LeBlanc - 98 - Northside Minor
Liam MacDonald - 98 - Sydney Minor
Levi Denny - 98 - CB County Minor
All hands were on deck for their wrap up to a successful 2011/2012 major bantam season.
The Cape Breton flag in the photo was signed by all players and presented to team captain, Jake Brien, after his address to players and parents during the banquet.
Special guest this year was Dave LeBlanc, a very well known local sports personality. Dave congratulated the players on their season and offered some helpful advice as they advance in their hockey.
Spring Camp Orientation is set for April 11th and camp officially starts on April 16th.
Coaches have a tough job ahead of them this year, competition for a spot on next seasons roster will be intense.
Best of Luck to all
Sunday, April 1st from 2 to 4pm Players Entrance Centre 200
Tuesday, April 3rd from 7 to 9pm Players Entrance Centre 200
Wedneday, April 4th from 7 to 9pm Players Entrance Centre 200
Players must register for Spring Camp to be eligible for Summer Camp
Jr X Men got on the board first with a powerplay goal by Colby Tower. Jake Brien replied for the Cougars with a PP marker of his own to tie the game at 1. The visiting team regained to lead on a deflected shot by Randon MacKinnon to give the X Men a 2-1 lead after 2 periods.
Tristan Nordine buried a one timer on a man advantage to tie the game early the third. Bryceson Musgrave scored the eventual game winner on the powerplay, with a point shot through traffic. Carter MacGillivary sealed the win for the Cougars with an empty netter. Cape Breton post athelete of the week, Mitchell Balmas assisted on all 4 Cougar goals, while Musgrave added an assist for a 2 point night.
Eva Hall made 20 saves for the win, including a spectacular toe save on Xmen sniper Tower with 2 minutes to perserve the win.
Blade Mann-Dixon was sensational for the Nova team, making 24 stops, including 12 in the 3rd.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars advance to HNS provincials. Play begins Thursday, March 15th in Liverpool, Western Hurricanes are the host team.
Carter MacGillivary donned the heroes hat, sniping the OT winner at 11:55 of the first overtime period. Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars take game #1, 4-3 over cross-island rivals Nova Jr. X-Men Saturday night at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Alex Bonaparte got the X-Men to an early lead scoring 8 seconds into the game. Mitchell Balmas was quick to reply for the Cougars shortly after . Brandon Dauphinee's goal gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
Bonaparte scored his second of the game, this time on the PP, to tie the game. But, once again, Balmas answered back with a PP goal of his own, to restore a 3-2 Cougars lead after 2 periods.
The only goal of the 3rd came from the stick of Colby Tower, who scored on a 2 man advantage for the X-Men to send the game to overtime.
3 Minutes into the first overtime period, Carter MacGillivary found the back of the net on a quick shot after a mad scramble. Balmas and Tristan Nordine, with his second helper, assisted on the winner. MacGillivary also chipped in with an assist for a 2 point night.
Game #2 between these cross-island rivals, takes place Saturday March 10th at 8 PM at Northside Civic Centre. Game #3, if necessary takes place, Sunday March 11th, at 10:30 AM, also at Northside Civic Centre.
Cougars are gearing up to take on the Nova Jr. Xmen in the preliminary best 2 of 3 playoff round in Nova Scotia Major Bantam League Playoffs.
The winner of this playoff round would participate in the Major Bantam Provinical Championship Tournament in mid March.
Cougar's first game is on the road at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on March 3rd and game two and three (if necessary) are scheduled for their home rink on March 10th and 11th.
Kings Mutual WIldcats defeated Cougars 8-3. Eli Hughes scored 3 to lead the way. Makail Parker, William Johnston, Ryan Parker, Duncan McKie and Brett Tidman added singles. Tidman also had 3 assists. Mitchell Balmas had 2 PP goals and Tristan Nordine with a single tally scored for Cougars. Eva Hall had 9 stops for Cougars. Levi Denny had 17 saves in relief. Bryceon Wade had 19 saves for the Valley team.
Cougars rebounded in Game #2 with a 4-1 win over Dartmouth Mck Ice Dawgs. Mitchell Balmas and Brandon Dauphinee led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Aaron Brewer and Cole Reginato had singles while Carter MacGiilivary had 2 helpers. Kyle Randall replied for the Ice Dawgs. Levi Denny had the win. Shot totals were unavailable.
In the last game of regular season, Cougars and Newbridge Senators played to a 3-3 deadlock. Balmas had 2 goals and 1 assist for Cougars, Carter MacGillivary had 1 goal and 2 assists and Tristan Nordine had 2 assists. Matthew Kent, Justin MacLellan, and Matthew Berrigan scored for the Senators. Eva Hall was sharp making 34 saves. Matthew Vogt tended the net for Newebridge making 28 stops.
Cougars wrap up regualr season play with a record of 16-13-4, doubling their win total from the previous year. The Cougars have clinched home ice advantage for the first round of play-offs, which begin March 3rd. The opponent has yet to be finalized.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars 6 game unbeaten streak ended Saturday night with a 3-2 loss at Northside Civic Center to Nova Jr X Men. Special teams were a deciding factor in this game as X Men received powerplay goals from Joshua Stewart and Brian MacDougall. Alex Bonaparte scored the eventual game winner. Mitchell Balmas scored 2 goals on the powerplay for the hometown Cougars. Blade Mann-Dixon made 28 stops for Nova, and Eva Hall suffered the loss, making 20 saves.
Cougars returned to the Win column on Sunday in Port Hawkesbury outscoring their rivals 4-3 in a game where special teams once again played a huge role. Balmas sniped 3 times for the Cougars. 2 of his 3 goals were shorthanded, including the game winner. Tristan Nordine had a goal and 2 assists, Carter MacGillivary had 2 assists. Randon MacKinnon, Joshua Stewart, and Donovan Rehill scored for the Jr X Men. Levi Denny was solid while picking up the win, Mann-Dixon was between the pipes for Nova. Shot totals were unavailable.
Cougars next return to action in the Memorial Tournament in Pictou hosted by Scotsburn Crushers. Round Robin play begins Friday February 17th.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars stretched their unbeaten streak to 6 games with a 2 game sweep of the 3rd Place Bedford Barons.
On Saturday night, Cougars won 7-4. Aaron Brewer and Mitchell Balmas led the way offensively for the Cougars each getting 3 goals and an assist. Tristan Nordine added a single, while Bryceson Musgrave chipped in with 2 assists. Luke Green, Jordon Boyd, Nick MacFarlane, and Andrew Dumaresque replied for the Barons. Eva Hall made 22 saves in a winning cause, Nick Dawe had 30 stops for Bedford.
Sunday morning, Cougars continued their climb to the top of NSMBHL standings with a 5-2 victory. Cole Reginato scored twice for the Cougars, while Brewer had a goal and an assist. Balmas and Dylan Morely added singles, with Nordine adding 2 assists. Matt Green and Alexander Arab scored for Bedford. Levi Denny picked up the win in nets gathering 26 saves, Ryan Huestis made 26 saves in a losing cause.
Cougars return to action on February 11 at 8 PM at Northside Civic Center for the first game in a home and home series with cross island rivals, Nova Jr Xmen. The Xmen host the Cougars in a 2pm start Sunday at Port Hawkesbury Civic Center.
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars hosted Halifax Accel Hawks Saturday night at Northside Civic Centre. The teams battled to a 2-2 draw.
Jake Brien with a power play goal, and Tristan Bernard scored for the home team. Johnny Jones and Connor Welsh replied for the Hawks.
Eva Hall made 21 saves for the Cougars, while Reilly Pickard made 19 saves for Halifax.
Cougars next return to action February 4th at Northside Civic Centre when they host Bedford Barons @ 8pm.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars tied a powerful Bubba Rays Gulls team 5-5 on Saturday. Mitchell Balmas led the way for the Cougars with 2 goals. Cole Reginato, Bryceson Musgrave, and Aaron Brewer added singles. Dylan Morley and Brandon Dauphinee each had 2 assists for the Cape Breton squad. Drew Packman scored 2 goals for the Gulls while Noah Bauld, Logan MacLellan, and Aaron Parkes each had a goal. Levi Denny kicked aside 32 saves for the Cougars while Matt Williams had 20 saves for the Gulls.
On Sunday in Eastern Shore versus the Pro Hockey Life Harbor Storm, the Cougars picked up a 6-4 win. Morley had 2 goals and an assist in the win, while Brandon Dauphinee had 1 goal and 2 helpers. Callum MacLean also had 2 goals and Musgrave had a single. Layton Parsons scored 2 for the Storm in a losing cause, and Brett Crossley and Tyler Malcolm each had 1.
Eva Hall picked up the win, while Keegan MacInnis suffered the loss. Shot totals were unavailable.
Cougars next play at home versus the Halifax Hawks, who currently sit in second place in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League , on January 21st at 8 PM, at the Northside Civic Center.
Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars go 1 and 1 with Newbridge to remain one point ahead of the Senators as the Cougars enter their Christmas break.
Saturday Night, Alex MacDonald led the Senators to a 5-2 win with 2 goals. Aaron Maillet and Connor Peveril added singles. Daniel Little sealed the win with an empty netter. Callum MacLean and Jake Brien each scored a PP goal in a losing cause. Cole Reginato chipped in with 2 assists. Matthew Vogt picked up the win, Eva Hall tended nets for the Cougars.
Sunday morning, Cougars were determined to end their recent slide and enter the break on a positive note. Reginato provided all the offense they would need in a 1 - 0 win. Levi Denny turned aside every shot he faced to get the shut-out.
The Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars remain in 4th place as they enter the holiday break.
On Saturday night, Gulls goalie Logan MacEwan stopped all 20 shots fired by the Cougars. Nic Orman scored 2 goals for the Gulls, singles were added by Alex Shaw, Noah Bauld, Jake Barter, and Tyler Pyke. Eva Hall suffered the loss. Final score was 6-0.
Sunday morning, the teams faced off again, this time, the Cougars suffered an 8-5 defeat. Noah Bauld led the way for the Gulls with a hattrick, Alex Shaw added a pair, Drew Packman, Matt Olson and Jake Barter also scored. Brandon Dauphinee scored 2 for the Cougars. Ryan Wilson, Bryson Musgrave, and Cole Reginato chipped in with single markers. Dylan Morley and Mitchell Balmas each added 2 assists. Matt Williams faced 33 shots in the win, Levi Denny had 27 shots fired his way by the Gulls.
Despite the losses, the Cougars capped off the weekend by attending the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles game vs Gatineau Olympiques on Sunday afternoon. Eagles won 4-3 in overtime.
Cougars next home game is Saturday Dec 10th when they play host to the Scotsburn Crushers from Pictou. Game time is 8 PM at the Northside Civic Center
The Breton Sport & Trophy Major Bantams have adopted a family for the holidays. The effort is being coordinated through the Ann Terry Project.
Our family this year is a young mom with a 9 year old daughter.
We all understand that there are those whose circumstances are not as fortunate as ours and Xmas is a time of extreme stress rather than a joyful occasion. For those, there is little hope of having a Merry Christmas and our Cougar families are stepping in to help out.
The players are donating a looney of their money at every practice between mid November and Xmas, the team is matching their donation, all proceeds go to our adopted family to help out on Xmas day.
Cougar parents have the details on some items this family could use and are purchasing the items during their Christmas shopping this season. As it should be there will be smiles on Xmas day in one more household and one more child.
Our parent Robbie Brien is coordinating the effort.
In Game #1 Cougars defeated Peninsule Acadienne Senateurs by a score of 5-2. Cougars fell behind early on goals by Francis Theriault and Joey Martinez, but roared back with 5 unanswered goals. Jake Brien sniped 2, Tristan Nordine, Cole Reginato , and Mitchell Balmas added singles. Eva Hall picked up the win.
In Game #2, Levi Denny slammed the door on the Fredericton District 3 Caps and picked up the shut out in a 5 zip win for the Cougars. Balmas, Ryan Wilson, Brandon Dauphinee, Cole Reginato, and Carter MacGilliavry scored for the Cougars in their 10th straight win dating back to NSMBHL play on Oct 29th.
The Cougars win streak was broken by the top team in New Brunswick, the Moncton Hawks, in a 4-3 game. Hawks came flying out of the gates on goals by Jacob Murray, Alex Jacob, and Joe Theriault to give the NB squad a 3 goal cushion. MacGillivary and Nordine scored to bring the game to within a goal, but Murray added his second of the game to give Hawks a 2 goal lead heading into the 3rd. Dauphinee scored for the Cougars in the 3rd to make it close and the Hawks hung on for a 4-3 win. Eva Hall suffered the loss.
In the final round robin game, the Cougars dominated Kings County Kings 6-1. Dylan Morley and Tristan Nordine led the attack with 2 goals each. Balmas and Reginato rounded out the scoring. Max Morrison scored for the Kings. Levi Denny picked up the win to give the Cougars a 2nd place standing in the Refining division.
In the quarter final game, Kings Mutual Wildcats defeated the Cougars 4-2. Brett Tidman led the way for the Wildcats with 2, Duncan McKie, and Tanner Forest also scored. Balmas added 2 goals in a losing cause. Cougars didn't give up despite having a few injuries in the 3rd and kept the pressure on the Wildcats, but goalie Bryson Wade made some key saves. Eva Hall tended nets for the Cougars.
Cougars return to NSMBHL play on Dec 3rd vs Bubba Rays Gulls in an 8 PM game at Northside Civic Centre
Cougars sweep Pro Hockey Life Harbor Storm on weekend at Northside Civic Centre. Saturday night, Cougars overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits with 5 goals unanswered goals in the 3rd. Leading the way were, reigning NSMBHL player of the week, Mitchell Balmas with 2, Ryan Wilson with 2, Bryson Musgrave, Dylan Morley, and Tristan Nordine with singles Layton Parsons with 2, and Jaret Gouthro replied for Harbour Storm. Eva Hall made 17 saves for the win, Keegan McGinnis made 25 saves in a losing cause.
Cougars completed the sweep with a 3-1 win on Sunday morning at Northside Civic Centre to win their 6th straight game. Morley, Balmas, with his league leading 18th goal, and Nordine scored for Cougars, Brett Crossley replied for the Storm. Levi Denny made 20 saves for the win, Mark Grametbauer made 24 saves in the loss.
Cougars move into sole position of 4th place with the win. Cougars are on the road next Saturday in Port Hawkesbury for a game vs Nova Jr Xmen at 4 PM at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Their next home games are Dec 3-4 at NSCC for 2 games versus the first place Bubba Rays Gulls
Aaron Prosper of Eskasoni was awarded the Nova Scotia Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year for 2011.
Prosper played with the Breton Sport & Trophy Major Bantam Cougars last season and this year is currently playing in the Tradesmen Major Midget program.
This award recognizes achievement in much more than just athletic skills, Aaron is talented in many areas including music and is a honour's student.
Aaron will be accepting his award at the Awards Dinner and Banquet on Saturday, October 1st, 2011 at Citadel Hotel in Halifax.
Aaron's parents are Floyd and Dawna Prosper of Eskasoni.
Congratulations from all of us in the Cougar's Program
Dennis Munroe a 38 year old serving RCMP officer has assumed the position of team trainer effective immediately.
Munroe is currently posted with the RCMP Eskasoni Detachment and has served with the RCMP for the last 7 years.
Dennis worked as a paramedic before joining the RCMP and brings many specialized skills that will serve our players well.
He has worked as a level 3 on ice official in Cumberland Minor Hockey for the last number of years and brings a broad set of skills to the bench.
Board and current Staff all wish Dennis the best and look forward to working with him this season.
Shaun MacLeod has accepted a position as assistant coach with the Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars beginning immediately.
Shaun is a level 2 coach presently working with Hockey Nova Scotia's Under 14 High Performance program.
Shaun has coached for many years in local minor hockey circles with Sydney and County minor hockey and last year served as Head Coach for the County Minor Hockey Bantam AA team.
We all wish Shaun the best and are confident he will bring a new dimension to the Cougar Major Bantam program.
The 2011/2012 edition of the Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars are set to begin the dryland portion of their summer evaluation camp at 2pm on July 12th at the Atlantic Street field in Sydney.
The dryland camp will run up to the on ice portion of evaluations set to begin on the 18th of August.
Ryan Szeto and his staff from Szeto Fitness Studios will oversee the dryland portion of summer camp.
The Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars wrapped up their season with a team banquet held at the Sydney Pensioners Club on April 2nd.
Special guest Aaron Rice spoke to the players and parents and gave them some insight as to what they could expect in future higher level teams. Aaron has been the Tradesmen Major Midget head coach since 2005.
Our team captain gave a moving account of his year in major bantam and expressed his appreciation to the board and coaching staff for a great year of play.
All graduating players were presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation with the team over the past season.
Board president Graham Quinn wished all the players the very best on behalf of the board and look forward to seeing them play in the future.
The 2011 Spring Camp Cougar orientation meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm at the Sydney Pensioners Club on Inglis street in Sydney. Players must attend and parents are welcome.
Team groupings and schedules for the upcoming Spring Camp will be available at that time.
Registration for Spring Evaluations will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday, March 28th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Thursday March 31st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Tradesmen office at Center 200.
To be eligible for Summer Camp, players must attend the Spring Camp.
Orientation meeting for players attending camp will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm at the Sydney Pensioners Club on Inglis street in Sydney.
Local players Logan Shaw and Corey MacIntosh are tied for points lead at the end of the regular season with the local Q League team the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Both Shaw and MacIntosh spent their midget years with the Tradesmen Hockey Club playing out of Center 200. Both players have racked up 46 points this season.
2010/2011 Playoff Match ups based on end of season standings
Series A - MCK Ice Dawgs vs Western Hurricanes
Series B - Scotsburn Crushers vs Halifax Hawks
Series C - Newbridge Senators vs Kings Mutual
Series D - Breton Cougars vs Nova Jr. Xmen
Series E - Harbour Storm vs Bedford Barons
Series F - Truro Bearcats vs Bubba Rays
All series will be a best of 3 with the winning team advancing to the Major Bantam Provincial Championships being hosted by Kings Mutual in Berwick on March 10th to 13th, from this tournament a league champion will be declared.
In the event the host team wins it's way to the tournament a wildcard will be determined to make up the 7th tournament team. The wildcard will be the highest standing league team who fails to qualify from the playoff round
Breton Sport & Trophy Cougars go 3-0-1 in round robin play to finish 4th overall in the 23 team Esso Major Bantam Challenge Tournament held late November in Halifax.
Northern New Brunswick 2 - Cougars 2
Cougars 8 - Fredericton Capitals 1
Cougars 2 - West Kent 0
Cougars 6 - Dieppe 2
Western 2 - Cougars 1
Western went on to be eventual tournament champions with wins over Moncton 4 to 1 and Bedford 4 to 1
Cougars were recipients of the Tournament Team Award for outstanding conduct, both on and off the ice.
Cougar forward Mat Feener won the scoring award for the highest point total in round robin play.
Mat also won a position on the second all star team.
The Breton Sport & Trophy Major Bantam Hockey Club announces the support of Dave MacLean of the Nova Scotia Community College.
Board president Graham Quinn
"The NSCC and Mr. MacLean have been and are strong supporters of young athletes in our area and the Cougar Major Bantam program is very pleased to have them on board for our inagural season in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League. On behalf of our executive board and coaching staff we thank Mr. MacLean and the Nova Scotia Community College for their assistance to our young hockey players."
#12 Nicholas Burke has attained the highest total score in the latest Cougar Fitness testing by Szeto Fitness Studio. Nick scored 54.5 points out of a total of 60 to edge out the nearest competitor Nolan Smith.
Nick has been invited to a future Major Midget practice by Tradesmen head Coach Aaron Rice within the next week.
Front row l to r: Darrion Eyking, Coach Steven Lewis, Kelly Yates, Coach Liam Morrison, D.J. Collins, Head Coach Ken Tracey, Mathew Feener, Michael Breski, MacKenzie Carrigan
Second row l to r: Anthony Wadden, Nicholas Burke, Logan Belyea, Jake Brien, Aaron Prosper, Chris Osmond, Nolan Smith, Cole Reginato.
Third row l to r: General Manager Graham Quinn, Tyler MacIntyre, Brendon MacLean, Kenzie McIntyre, Jordan Breen, Devin Marks, Trainer Dave MacPherson
The Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars Major Bantam Hockey Team is set to play their first game at home for the 2010/2011 hockey season at 7:00pm Saturday, October 16th at Centennial Rink in Sydney.
Home game coordinator Eric MacRae has a short opening ceremonies lined up before the puck is dropped for the first time in Major Bantam play in our area.
All Cougar and Bedford major bantam parents will be invited to watch the game from the upstairs viewing area at the rink, light lunch will be provided.
The board of the Breton Sport and Trophy Cougars have finalized the team colours. The jerseys are in the style of the new jersey of the Florida Panthers. These high quality jerseys feature double shoulder and elbow and include the Canadian and Nova Scotia flags on each shoulder and numbers on the back and both arms. It is expected the league logo will be placed on the right front shoulder. The team logo has been altered to fit the jersey colors, red background on dark jerseys and blue background on the whites. Name bars will be sewn on above the stop sign.
The jerseys will be matched with socks, gloves, helmets and pants for all players and all players will be issued equipment bags.
Q Draft results for Cape Breton Tradesmen
Kyle Farrell - 3rd Round to Eagles
Brock Morrison - 8th round to Saint John
Colin Campbell - 9th round to Saint John
Ryan Moore - 9th round to PEI
Kyle Kavanaugh - 12th round to Halifax
Congratulations and we wish you the best in your upcoming major junior tryouts from all of us with the Cougar Major Bantams
SEE YOU AT THE RINK