(Photo Credit: Irving Oil Cup)
By: Henry Whitfield
The host Halifax ACCEL Hawks came in as favourites for the Irving Oil Challenge Cup and left champions Sunday evening, after beating cross-town rivals Bubba Ray Gulls 3-1.
Earlier in the day the Dieppe Flyers, representing Hockey New Brunswick, beat the Tricom Wild from Newfoundland 3-1, cementing a solid showing for the New Brunswick champions over the weekend.
The Gulls had beaten the Hawks in the provincial championships earlier the season, entering the tournament as the provincial Major Bantam Champions.
Despite winning in the playoffs, it was the Hawks who had triumphed earlier in the round robin beating the Gulls 4-3 in a thriller that went down to the wire, where Johnny Jones and Campbell Pickard scored twice in the last three minutes.
With an energy filled arena the Hawks piled on the pressure and were able to build up a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Kyle Murray Barrett Dachyshyn and standout Johnny Jones.
Goalie Rowan O’Brien played a solid game for the hawks, battling all night and holding the Gulls to single goal, scored at the end of the second period by Noah Bauld.
In winning, the ACCEL Hawks became the first host team to win the tournament since 2000 and went undefeated throughout the tournament finishing with a 5-0 record.
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Oil Irving Challenge Cup Awards
Top Defensemen: Nicholas Welsh (ACCEL Hawks)
Top Forward: Drew Packman (Bubba Ray Gull’s)
Top Scorer: Jesse Murphy-Hamer (Bubba Ray Gull’s)
Most Sportsmanlike: Kari Belec (Dieppe Flyers)
Most Valuable Player: Cambpell Pickard (ACCEL Hawks)
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