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.
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.