Western Hurricanes team captain, Morgan Messenger gets ready to face-off in Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League action at the Barrington Arena on Dec. 19 against the Newbridge Senators. The Hurricanes won 3-1. Kathy Johnson photo
by Kathy Johnson
The Western Hurricanes are blowing away the competition in the inaugural Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League (NSMBHL).
The Hurricanes, who faced off against the Newbridge Senators at the Barrington Arena on Dec. 18, are leading the league with a 22-2 record.
The team’s roster includes three Shelburne County players- forwards Morgan Messenger and Jordan Messenger, and defenseman Quinn Nickerson.
With 23 goals and 11 assists under his belt in 22 games, Morgan Messenger is sitting in third place overall in the player statistics’ total point standings and second overall in goals.
Jordan Messenger has added eight goals and five assists to the Hurricanes tally so far this season. Quinn Nickerson has three assists.
Hurricanes’ goalies Jacob Wile and Cory Peterson have the league leading GAAs at 1.00 and 1.46 per cent respectively.
The Hurricanes will be back at the Barrington Arena for regular season games on Jan. 15, 16 and 22.
The NSMBHL replaces the former Cape Breton Bantam AAA, Mainland Bantam AAA and Central Minor Bantam AAA leagues, and incorporates 12 teams with representation from all regions of the Province.
Major Bantam is the highest level of hockey in Nova Scotia for 13 and 14 year olds. Teams in the League will compete for a Provincial Championship and the ability to represent Hockey Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Irving Challenge Cup, being held March 31 to April 3, 2011 in New Brunswick.
PROVINCIAL – The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) has cancelled regional and provincial championships in six school sports, with the federation’s executive director explaining, “Time was our enemy.”