YARMOUTH – The West Hants Warriors are Nova Scotia Mainland Peewee AAA Hockey League Champions.
The Warriors edged the Pictou County Crushers 2-1 in overtime on Sunday in the final game of the league championship tournament.
The Crushers, Warriors and host Yarmouth Mariners were among teams in the events that also included the Antigonish Bulldogs, Cumberland Ramblers, Acadia Axemen and Truro Bearcats.
Levon Walst scored for the Crushers in the first period of the final and the lead lasted until the Warriors tied the game in the third period.
The Crushers held a 36-31 edge in shots on goal.
Cade Mosher scored twice as the Crushers opened last Friday with a 4-3 victory over the Ramblers.
Clint MacLaughlin added a goal and two assists and Kaden Smith also scored.
Owen Conrad also had two assists, while Moser, Smith, and Corbin MacDonnell had single helpers.
Goaltender Alex Palmer registered the win.
Mosher set up MacLaughlin’s goal as the Crushers followed later on Friday with a 1-0 triumph against Truro.
Jorja Burrows posted the shutout.
Smith’s hat trick and Mosher’s three assists led the Crushers’ 7-2 victory over the Axemen. MacLaughlin added a goal and two assists, while Conrod, Walst and Landon Steele got the other goals.
Smith, Ben Marchand, Steele, MacDonnell, Lane Sim and Wyatt Spence added assists.
Palmer got the win in goal.
Smith and Dominac MacKenzie assisted on a goal by MacLaughlin in the Crushers’ 3-1loss to the Mariners later on Saturday.
Burrows was between the pipes in the loss.
The Crushers drew Yarmouth in a semifinal match and rallied from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Mariners 6-3. Mosher scored twice, while MacLaughlin, Conrad, MacKenzie, and Steele had singles.
Marchand, Sim and Keegan Dalton recorded two assists each, while Amias Crossman, Walst and MacKenzie added one apiece.
Burrows got the win in goal.
The coaching staff is excited with how the team is playing heading into the Provincials and Atlantics.
Both teams head to Halifax to compete in the Nova Scotia Provincial Peewee AAA Hockey Championship being played from March 21 to 24.
The Crushers are hosting the Atlantic championship in April.