PICTOU — The Vipers won the battle of Eastern Shore on Sunday to capture the Adam Larade-Teresa Gallant Memorial Atom C minor hockey tournament.
The Vipers shut out the Eastern Shore Mariners 3-0 in the championship game at Hector Arena.
The Eastern Shore teams advanced by winning their respective semifinal games.
The first-place Vipers defeated the fourth-place Bedford Jets 4-2, while the second-place Jets blanked East Hants 3-0.
The host Pictou Maripacs lost their three games in the tournament.
The Mariners’ last game was a 7-5 loss to the West Hants Warriors. Tyler Dalton collected a goal and two assists for the Maripacs, while Jake Murray, Aaron MacInnis and James Ferguson got the other goals.
Dalton scored in the Maripacs’ 9-1 loss to the Cape Breton County Blizzards, while the Maripacs lost their other game 7-0 to the Jets.
The New Glasgow Bombers opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Trenton Steelers on goals by Noah Fievet, Colton Cormier-McNeil and Sandy Anderson. Mike Neumann scored on goal and assisted on the other by Parker MacDonald.
Mason McEwan fired four goals and assisted on the other by Cormier-McNeil as the Bobmers downed the Strait-Richmond Pirates 5-2.
McEwan scored in the Bombers’ only loss of the tournament, a 3-1 decision against the Mariners.
Ross Swinamer scored in the Steelers’ 3-1 loss to the Pirates and also scored the Steelers’ only goal in a 10-1 loss to the Mariners.
The Thorburn Golden Hawks lost 7-0 to East Hants and 3-2 to the Vipers before tying 2-2 with the Northside Vikings.
Gavin Wong scored both goals for the Hawks against the Vikings. Hunter Naugle and Vaughan Mason scored for the Hawks against the Vipers.
The Westville Miners lost 7-0 to the Jets and 6-3 to the Vipers while tying East Hants 3-3.
Lane Colbourne scored all three goals for the Miners against the Vipers.
Owen Jeans, Eli Seymour and Neil Carter scored the Miners’ goals against East Hants.
This was the 26th anniversary of the untimely death of Adam Larade in a motor vehicle crash in 1992. It is also the 23rd year that the hockey tournament is being played in his memory.
Teresa Gallant was a town councillor in Pictou for nine years.
She was president of both Pictou Minor Hockey and Pictou Ringette, served on the Hector Arena Commission and the Pictou School Bowlers.
She also started an organization called Friends to Pictou Youth.
The tournament featuring teams in the bantam and midget divisions followed her death from brain cancer and was first played in 1999.
A scramble ensued in front of the Pictou net resulted in no goal as the referee indicated on Friday during one the Pictou Maripacs’ games in the annual Larade-Gallant Memorial minor hockey tournament at the Hector Arena. (Goodwin photo)