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The Southwest Storm take a timeout in Game 6 of the NSRJHL final against East Hants in Barrington on April 13, 2024 (Acadia News)

Southwest Storm ‘three-peat’ as NSRJHL champions

By Kevin Northup Apr 14, 2024 | 8:05 PM

It’s a ‘three-peat for the Southwest Storm.

They are once again the Nova Scotia Regional Junior Hockey League champions.

They beat the East Hants Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 on the road Sunday.

Ethan Brannen scored twice, Riley Hubbard, Brady Nickerson and Alex Swaine also had goals, and Tyson Peters got the win in net with 29 saves.

The Penguins didn’t make it easy on the Storm.

Southwest went up 3-1 in the series, but East Hants won Game 5 at home Friday and Game 6 in Barrington on Saturday night.

Now the Storm can celebrate their third straight title, they’ve won every year since joining the league in 2021/22.

Head Coach Andrew Holland says they were confident heading into Game 7.

“We got a couple players back that had been out with injury. We’ve had our backs against the wall before. One thing about our team, our motto is no excuses. We never quit,” said Holland.

The team had close to 1,000 fans in Barrington for Saturday’s Game 6.

They’ll move on to the Maritime Junior C hockey championship in Miramichi later this month.