LOUISDALE: The 39th annual installment of the Port Hawkesbury Paper Minor Hockey Tournament finished up last Saturday at the Richmond Arena with the flag ship team of the Strait-Richmond program claiming a banner.
“The kids continued to play the way the way they played all year,” said Midget A Pirate coach Leon Burt, after his squad dropped Cape Breton County 6-2 to win their division.
“This was a good preparation for Thursday night’s Northern Conference Championship game against Pictou. We have good leaders on offense, defense, and in net. Everything was great.
“We had three or four third year midgets who went out with a bang.”
Adam Sampson got the offensive ball rolling for Strait-Richmond, as he popped a pair of first period goals for the hosts. His first was assisted by Arthur Johnson, and the second goal was unassisted.
The score was locked at 2-2 at the end of the frame.
The game winner came with 3:14 played in the second, as Pirate Brett Dakai (from Kent Denny) put the puck in the net.
In the third period, Ryan McGinn (from Thomas MacNeil), Niko Carter (from McGinn), and Danny McNamara (from Sampson) all connected for the hosts. Liam Burt backstopped the Pirates.
“It’s great to win this tournament,” Burt recollected, noting that the Pirates also won the league and the Northside tournament. “I was involved in the first one when it started, and now to win it is amazing.”
Burt also serves as the chair of the tournament, which ran from March 16 to last Saturday. As is the case every year, the Richmond Arena and Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre were busy spots.
“We had a number of teams win silver and a couple bronze, and for us to win gold here was big,” he said.
In regard to local teams at the event, the first divisions to hit the ice were the Bantam As and the Pee Wee As.
On the Pee Wee A level, the Pirates won the consolation game 6-2 over the Cape Breton West Islanders.
In Bantam A play, Strait-Richmond Pirates came out on top against the Glace Bay Miners in March 16’s intense bronze game at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
The Antigonish Bulldogs took silver when facing Lewisville in the Bantam A Championship.
On the Bantam C level, the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles skated to a 3-2 loss in the championship against New Waterford.
The Atom A Pirates took silver when facing off against Truro. The final was 3-2. The Atom C Pirates were also silver medalists, as they battled Trenton in the championship game last Thursday.
Burt noted that the volunteers and hospitality staff did a great job all week long.
“We had a great 39th and we’ll hit 40 next year,” he said. “We got a lot of things planned.”