PICTOU — Strong support for the Nick Falconer Memorial Hockey Tournament has encouraged organizers.
Michaela Pellerine and Sam Elliott led the group that managed to attract four teams to a three-hour tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Hector Arena.
The tournament honours the memory of Nick Falconer, who passed away on Remembrance Day 2019 at the age of 24.
“Everybody who’s playing knew Nick,” Pellerine said. “Every one on this side of the causeway knew him.”
The four teams featured the Toney Rivermen, Pulp Mills, Northumberland Strait Claw Crushers and Dino’s Good Fellas.
“We had quite a bit of interest,” Pellerine said. “Next year we’ll have a whole day. Interest is awesome.”
Robbie Jones recorded the shutout as the Rivermen defeated the Pulp Mills 2-0 in the championship game.
Briden Hawes scored what proved to be the winning goal, while Gabe Falconer added a goal into an empty net.
The Rivermen defeated the Good Fellas, while the Pulp Mills won their match against the Crushers to advance to the championship.
Arena manager Ron Clarke was able to add an extra hour’s ice time to accommodate the three games.
He said he would welcome an expanded schedule for the tournament next year.
“It’s gone great,” he said. “We were able to give an extra hour on the front end.”
East Pictou Silver Blades figure skating was scheduled immediately after the tournament.
The Northumberland Fishermen’s Co-op and the Toney River Harbour Authority provided special jerseys for the tournament.
Proceeds from the tournament are being directed to the Challengers baseball team based in Stellarton.
The Hector Arena’s last day of ice for the season was scheduled for March 24 but is now coming out today due to the curtailment of activities.
Rivermen goalie Robbie Jones makes a save against the Pulp Mills in the championship game of the Nick Falconer Memorial Hockey Tournament. (Goodwin photo)