West Hants Warriors on a roll


Published on February 6, 2017

Back row: Troy Baillie (left), Porter Crowell, Scott Shearer (head coach), Mark Fletcher, Gregg Riley, Robert McCullough-Messom, Ryan Fletcher Middle row: Ava Shearer, Sara Leopold, Zack Rowsell, Keaton Joudrey, Blake Manders, Noah Macumber, William Shields (captain), Matthew Shields, Magnus Giswold, Wilson Davison Front Row: Dawson Baillie, Chase Crowell

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BROOKLYN, N.S. – The West Hants Warriors, an Atom AA team in Brooklyn, have had an incredible season and go into the playoffs undefeated.

One of their latest games, which was against the Western Valley AA team on Jan. 29, ended with a score of 10-1 for the Warriors.

Scott Shearer, head coach of the West Hants Warriors said the team has had an incredible season so far.

“We are a very strong team, having to pick from 60 kids,” he said. “I think we will win the Nova Scotia championship, even against the Halifax teams. That might jinx us, but, that’s how I feel.”

Playoffs start in soon, with the provincials taking place some time in March.

William Shields (left) and Blake Manders hold a championship banner. The two are hoping to win this year’s provincial championship.

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(from left) Porter Crowell, Blake Manders, William Shields, Matthew Shields and Dawson Ballie of the West Hants Warriors Atom AA team, who have enjoyed an undefeated season.

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The West Hants Warriors get ready for the playoffs following an undefeated season.

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Shearer said he believes two of the best players in the province are on the team, William Shields and Porter Crowell.

William Shields scored 6 points during the game on Jan. 29.

“Will has a gift,” he said. “If he stays with it and stays interested in it, he’ll go far.”

Crowell stands out for his advanced stickhandling ability, Shearer said.

“He moved here from Western Valley,” he said. “He always gives 110 per cent.”

Shearer says the team has a strong sense of cohesion, with solid bonds of friendship being developed amongst its members.

“They’re always having sleepovers, coming to the rink together the next morning, it’s like one big family,” he said. “Its been a fun year, that’s for sure.”

The West Hants Warriors home ice is the Newport and District Arena in Brooklyn.