Teams from Saint John, N.B. and Shelburne, N.S. won division banners at the 33rd annual Pictou County Memorial Bantam Hockey Tournament at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated their counterparts from Sackville 8-2 to win the Bantam AA Division, while Shelburne Flames topped the Dartmouth Whalers 5-1 in the Bantam A championship game on Sunday.
The Pictou County Crushers won their first three games in the Bantam AA Division before being eliminated by the Sackville Flyers, who downed the Crushers 4-1 in their semifinal match on Sunday.
“Everything went well,” said tournament chairperson Marianne Killen. “We had 19 teams spending the weekend here so it was good for the local economy.
The Crushers won their first Bantam AA game by shutting out the Strait-Richmond Pirates 5-0 on Friday on two goals by Landen MacDonald and one each by Brayden Killen, Raymond Chisholm and Kyle Reim.
Tyler Matchem collected the shutout.
Keegan Walker recorded a shutout and the Crushers got goals from Chisholm and Luke Young in a 2-0 victory over the Cape Breton West Islanders later on Friday.
Sam Hickey fired four goals and MacDonald added a pair as the Crushers levelled Northside 11-1 on Saturday to advance to the playoffs. Chisholm, Evan Shea, Lucas Fraser, Brycen MacDonald and Leegan Murray also scored.
Hickey also was named an all-star forward and earned the Bantam AA Division’s I.C.E. award that is presented each year to the Pictou County player who best exemplifies intensity, contribution and effort throughout the tournament.
Pictou County iced two teams in the Bantam A Division.
Pictou County Red opened with a 5-3 victory over the Truro Bearcats before bowing 4-2 to Cape Breton County on Friday and 2-1 to Sackville on Saturday and missed the playoffs.
Pictou County White edged the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-5 before falling 8-3 to the Bedford Blues and defeating TASA 4-1 and missing the playoffs despite the two wins.
Kaleb Clarke of Pictou County Red and Dominic Bond of Pictou County White earned the Bantam A I.C.E. awards. Kenyon Greene of Pictou County Red was named an all-star defenceman, while Andrew Goswell of Pictou County White was named an all-star forward in the Bantam A Division.
Killen did not rule out restoring Bantam AAA hockey to the tournament, although she said it would require starting the event on Thursday instead of Friday.
Bantam AA Crushers goaltender Keegan Walker steers the puck from in front of the net with help from teammate Ryan Denny during their semifinal game against the Sackville Flyers. The Flyers won the game 4-1. (Goodwin photo)