ALBERTON -- The Bedford Nova Scotia Blues picked an opportune time to pick up their first win of the Atlantic Midget AAA Hockey Championship tournament, in the bronze medal final.
The Blues, in fourth place at the end of round robin with two points from two ties, were up 2-0 half-way through the first period and breezed to a 6-1 win over Team Newfoundland and Labrador, the St. John‚Äôs Marshalls in the bronze medal game played Sunday morning at the Jacques Cartier Arena.
Aaron Alexander‚Äôs goal at 9:54 of the opening period stood up as the game-winner but it was defenceman Austin Page who became the sentimental hero of the Nova Scotia fans when he made it 6-1 midway through the final period on a two-man powerplay. ‚ÄúWe had a bit of fun at the end,‚ÄĚ explained team captain Connor Sheehan. ‚ÄúWe changed some guys up. We had Austin Page there who hadn‚Äôt scored a goal all year. We put him up front and he got a goal.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSo we had a bit of fun at the end and just enjoyed our last minutes together,‚ÄĚ Sheehan acknowledged.
Not only was it the team‚Äôs final game of the year, it was the second to last game of what is to be the final Atlantic Midget AAA Hockey championship.
The host Western Regals were to hit the ice to take on the Mid-Isle Matrix in an all-P.E.I. championship final Sunday afternoon. The all-P.E.I. final mean a P.E.I. team will have won the final six Midget AAA Atlantic championships.
The Blues led 4-0 after 20 minutes and maintained that margin in the second, leading 5-1 heading into the third.
The bronze medal game got physical in the third with several penalties called. In total, the Blues were assessed two four minute minors for head contact and five minors, while the NL Marshalls took 10 minors, a four-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct.
‚ÄúWe stuck with our game plan,‚ÄĚ Sheehan said in the limiting of Blues penalties. ‚ÄúThroughout the whole tournament the boys ran into penalty trouble, but we did a good job to stay composed this game.‚ÄĚ