Midget A Pirates take league championship

The Strait-Richmond Midget A Pirates scored a 4-2 win over the Northside Vikings last week to capture the Cape Breton Midget A League Championship banner.

LOUISDALE: The Strait-Richmond Midget A Pirates had a fantastic season, going 23-5-4, and defended their Cape Breton Midget A League Championship against the Northside Vikings on Tuesday evening (March 12) at the Richmond Arena.

The Northside Vikings put up a good battle.

Xavier Sampson scored the first goal for the Strait Pirates, assisted by Danny McNamara and Brayden Marchand, to tie the game at 13:03 of the first period. McNamara scored at 10:52 of the second period short-handed and unassisted to take a 2-1 lead.

The Vikings clawed back and tied the game at 10:38 of the third period. Adam Sampson broke the tie at 2:36 of the third period with a power play goal from Bryson Wyre and Arthur Johnson. Sampson added an empty net goal with 31 seconds left to make the final score 4-2.

Luke Sampson got the win in net, and played a very solid game.

Head coach Leon Burt said it was a great overall year.

The captains of the Strait-Richmond Midget A Pirates had a reason to smile following the league championship game last week. Pictured are (from left) Luke Sampson, Bryson Wyre, Thomas MacNeil, Adam Sampson, and Brett Dakai.

He was proud of his team’s efforts in the regular season and added their playoffs were strong with a record of 4-0-2.

“It was an amazing season, and the veteran players — Thomas MacNeil, Adam Sampson, Bryson Wyre, Brett Dakai, Luke Sampson, Ryan McGinn, Arthur Johnson, and Danny McNamara — all played a valuable leadership role,” Burt said.

“My coaching staff of Christian Marchand, Robbie Wyre, Louis Sampson and Manager Anne Marie Sampson were very dedicated and played a big role in the team’s success,” he added.

He also thanks the parents for their support and dedication to the team.

The Midget A Pirates now move on to play the Pictou County Crushers in the Northern Conference Championship game at the end of this month in Pictou.