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Shelburne Flames capture Wickens Cup

<p>The Shelburne Peewee A Flames won the Wickens Cup championship. (Back row) Assistant coach Brian Holland, Ethan Brannen, Cole Nickerson, Nolan Atwood, Ethan Shand, Drew Goreham, Owen Penney, Lex Swaine, Ryan O'Callaghan, Evan Locke, assistant coach Dwayne Nickerson, Caleb Demings, head coach Andrew Holland. (Middle row on one knee) Ben Nickerson, Noah Smith and Jory Stewart.&nbsp; Front row goalies: Keenan Buchanan and Keigan Sears.</p>
<p>The Shelburne Peewee A Flames won the Wickens Cup championship. (Back row) Assistant coach Brian Holland, Ethan Brannen, Cole Nickerson, Nolan Atwood, Ethan Shand, Drew Goreham, Owen Penney, Lex Swaine, Ryan O'Callaghan, Evan Locke, assistant coach Dwayne Nickerson, Caleb Demings, head coach Andrew Holland. (Middle row on one knee) Ben Nickerson, Noah Smith and Jory Stewart.&nbsp; Front row goalies: Keenan Buchanan and Keigan Sears.</p>

SHELBURNE –  The Shelburne County Flames went undefeated to capture the seventh annual Wickens Cup Peewee A Hockey Tournament.

 The tournament, held over the Jan. 30-31 weekend, is held annually in memory of long-time volunteer hockey coach Sandy Wickens of Bear Point. Wickens coached several teams in the Shelburne County area including the Sable Fish Packers, the Barrington Icedogs, and the Newellton Dogtowners, where he won several championships.

  The Flames opened round robin play with a 10-2 drubbing of the Clare/Digby Ravens.  Game MVP Nolan Atwood paced the attack with four markers, Ethan Shand had a pair, and Caleb Demings, Owen Penney, Lex Swaine and Ethan Brannen each contributed one.  Luke Lushington added three assists.

  The second win of the tournament came when the Flames edged the hardworking Bedford Blues 4-1, during a fast paced and entertaining game by both clubs.  Game MVP Ethan Brannen scored twice for the winners, while goalie Keenan Buchanan was solid between the pipes picking up the victory.

  The Flames had a 6-0 over the Acadia Axemen, clinched a spot in the final for the host squad.  Game MVP Keigan Sears made some timely saves in goal, while six different scorers ­– Owen Penney, Ryan O’Callaghan, Noah Smith, Ben Nickerson, Lex Swaine, and Ethan Brannen – paced a balanced attack for the Flames. Cole Nickerson chipped in with two assists.  In the last game of round robin play, the Clare/Digby squad edged Bedford 5-4 to join the host team with a berth in the final.

  The final game was all Flames from start to finish as they dominated the seemingly more tired Clare/Digby squad on the way to a convincing 5-1 victory, claiming the 7th Annual Wickens Cup Championship.  Nolan Atwood fired a hat-trick for the Flames, with Jory Stewart and Lex Swaine adding singles. Game MVP Noah Smith added two assists. Only a few powerplays early in the second frame gave the Ravens any hope of a comeback, but that was quickly extinguished by the strong penalty killing of the Flames led by Ethan Brannen, Evan Locke, Drew Goreham and Lex Swaine. Clare/Digby's lone goal of the game was an unassisted goal scored by Miguel LeBlanc.

  “It was a very deserving tournament victory for our players” said Coach Andrew Holland.  “The boys have been working very hard lately, paying attention to details and improving their team play.  It was nice to see our players get rewarded for their efforts.”

  At the completion of the tournament the Flames had won nine consecutive games, which improved their season record at the time to 24 wins, 8 losses, and 5 ties. They currently sit in 2nd place in WNMHL standings, one point behind the first-place South Shore Ice Sharks with only two weeks to go in regular season play.

 The tournament, held over the Jan. 30-31 weekend, is held annually in memory of long-time volunteer hockey coach Sandy Wickens of Bear Point. Wickens coached several teams in the Shelburne County area including the Sable Fish Packers, the Barrington Icedogs, and the Newellton Dogtowners, where he won several championships.

  The Flames opened round robin play with a 10-2 drubbing of the Clare/Digby Ravens.  Game MVP Nolan Atwood paced the attack with four markers, Ethan Shand had a pair, and Caleb Demings, Owen Penney, Lex Swaine and Ethan Brannen each contributed one.  Luke Lushington added three assists.

  The second win of the tournament came when the Flames edged the hardworking Bedford Blues 4-1, during a fast paced and entertaining game by both clubs.  Game MVP Ethan Brannen scored twice for the winners, while goalie Keenan Buchanan was solid between the pipes picking up the victory.

  The Flames had a 6-0 over the Acadia Axemen, clinched a spot in the final for the host squad.  Game MVP Keigan Sears made some timely saves in goal, while six different scorers ­– Owen Penney, Ryan O’Callaghan, Noah Smith, Ben Nickerson, Lex Swaine, and Ethan Brannen – paced a balanced attack for the Flames. Cole Nickerson chipped in with two assists.  In the last game of round robin play, the Clare/Digby squad edged Bedford 5-4 to join the host team with a berth in the final.

  The final game was all Flames from start to finish as they dominated the seemingly more tired Clare/Digby squad on the way to a convincing 5-1 victory, claiming the 7th Annual Wickens Cup Championship.  Nolan Atwood fired a hat-trick for the Flames, with Jory Stewart and Lex Swaine adding singles. Game MVP Noah Smith added two assists. Only a few powerplays early in the second frame gave the Ravens any hope of a comeback, but that was quickly extinguished by the strong penalty killing of the Flames led by Ethan Brannen, Evan Locke, Drew Goreham and Lex Swaine. Clare/Digby's lone goal of the game was an unassisted goal scored by Miguel LeBlanc.

  “It was a very deserving tournament victory for our players” said Coach Andrew Holland.  “The boys have been working very hard lately, paying attention to details and improving their team play.  It was nice to see our players get rewarded for their efforts.”

  At the completion of the tournament the Flames had won nine consecutive games, which improved their season record at the time to 24 wins, 8 losses, and 5 ties. They currently sit in 2nd place in WNMHL standings, one point behind the first-place South Shore Ice Sharks with only two weeks to go in regular season play.

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