Shelburne Flames win Hockey Nova Scotia bantam A provincial championship

Published on April 10, 2017

The Shelburne Flames won the Hockey Nova Scotia bantam A 2016-2017 provincial championship.

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SHELBURNE, N.S. – The Shelburne County Flames capped off a successful season by capturing the Hockey Nova Scotia Bantam A Provincial Championship with a convincing 8-1 decision over the South Colchester Elks at the RBC Day of Champions in Bridgewater. 

The South Conference champion Flames opened the scoring in the April 8 game late in the first frame, as Maguire Nickerson banged home a rebound on a shot from high in the slot by Justin Smith.  Another quick goal by Smith only 40 seconds later gave the Flames a 2-0 lead after the opening period.

​  The Flames scored again midway through the second period on a nice passing play, as Nolan Atwood connected with Ryan O'Callaghan who found the back of the net to extend the lead to 3-0.  The Elks answered back on a power play late in the period to narrow the margin to 3-1 after two periods.

​  Knowing what was at stake with only 15 minutes to play, the Shelburne County squad came out flying to start the final period, as their relentless attack resulted in five unanswered goals, sending the large crowd of Shelburne supporters into a frenzy.  Atwood fired a hat trick during the final period, with singles coming off the sticks of Cadelin Rose and Jagger Kane. 

Devon Nickerson and Emma Swansburg split the duties in goal, stopping 11 of 12 shots to preserve the win.  Final shots were 31-12 in favor of the Flames. 

Shelburne bantam A Flames celebrate their provincials win.
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This was the first provincial banner for a Shelburne County minor hockey team since the bantam A squad of 2008-09.

​  This latest provincials victory was the final chapter of what was a fantastic season for the 2016-2017 bantam A Flames.  The team had 46 wins, 7 losses and 6 ties.  The Flames won gold at the Pictou Memorial and Joe Lamontagne tournaments. They were the WNMHL regular season and playoff champions, capturing the title of South Conference champions.