Two Cape Breton Cups to be decided locally

The Midget A Strait-Richmond Pirates will host the Cape Breton Cup at the Richmond Arena in Louisdale. Pictured are (back, from left) Trent Diggdon, Ben Madden, Logan Cotton, Isaac McDonald, Andrew Malcolm, Brayden Marchand, Ethan Bernard, Kent Denny, Linden Parsons, Ben Murray, Jesse Pottie, and manager Crystal Dorey. In the front are (from left) Liam Burt, Niko Carter, Shane Richards-assistant coach, Ethan Richards, Logan Clannon, Xavier Sampson, head coach Leon Burt, trainer Adam Cotton, and Daniel Mombourquette.
The Bantam AA Islanders will host the Cape Breton Cup this weekend at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood. Pictured are (back, from left) Brent MacEachern, Luke MacEachern, Von Paul Russell MacDonald, Kenzie Batherson, Campbell MacIntyre, James Murphy, Cam MacLean, Ethan MacLean, Owen Heukshorst, and Kristen Heukshorst. In front are (from left) Dan Morrison, Blake MacDonell, Drew MacLean, Colin Van Zutphen, Jonathan Dunphy, Jeremy MacDougall, and Ana MacNeil.

  LOUISDALE, PORT HOOD: Two Cape Breton Cups will be decided locally this weekend with both the Richmond Arena in Louisdale and the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood hosting tournaments.

  In Louisdale, the Midget A Strait-Richmond Pirates will host.

  In Port Hood, the Cape Breton West Islanders will host teams battling for the Bantam AA title.

  Leon Burt, head coach of the Midget A Pirates, is excited for the three days of hockey.

  “We’re defending the league title which we won the last two years, and we’re going up against some half decent completion,” he told  The Reporter  last Friday. “We’ve got a really strong team again this year.

  “My defense is as strong as it can be, I have three good lines, and two solid goaltenders. We finished first place in our league and only have one loss and two ties.”

  Burt noted the winner of the cup will host a team for the Northern Conference Championship which will decide who goes to the Day of Champions.

  “We’re well prepared, and we’ll be ready to go on Friday night.”

  On Sunday, the first and fourth place teams play at 10 a.m., with second and third playing at 11:30 a.m. The championship game is at 2:30 p.m.

  In the Cape Breton Bantam AA League, Cape Breton West (20-5-2) finished in second place just behind the Cape Breton County Islanders (19-3-7).

  Their goaltending tandem of Anna MacNeil and Dan Frank Morrison finished second and third in terms of goals against averages, managing numbers of 1.70 and 2.37.

  Colin VanZutphen was the number three sniper in the league, with 43 points in 27 games.

Bantam AA

Friday – February 28th

1 pm – 2:30 pm: CB County vs Northside

2:30 pm – 4 pm: CB West vs Strait-Richmond

4 pm – 4:30 pm: Opening Ceremonies

4:30 pm – 6 pm: Glace Bay vs Sydney

6 pm – 7:30 pm: CB West vs Northside

Saturday – February 29th

9 am – 10:30 am: CB County vs Sydney

10:30 am – noon: Glace Bay vs Strait-Richmond

Noon – 1:30 pm: CB West vs Sydney

1:30 pm – 3 pm: CB County vs Strait-Richmond

3 pm – 4:30 pm: Glace Bay vs Northside

6:30 pm – 8 pm League Banquet at Judique Community Centre

Sunday – March 1st

9 am – 10:30 am: Semifinal – 1 vs 4

10:30 – noon: Semifinal – 2 vs 3

1:30 pm – 3 pm (If Required – losers from semi-finals)

3 pm – 4:30 pm: Championship

Midget A

Friday – February 28th

5 pm – CB West vs Glace Bay

6:30 pm – Northside vs County

8 pm – Strait-Richmond vs Glace Bay

Saturday – February 29th

9 am – Northside vs CB West

10:30 am – County vs Strait-Richmond

Noon – Glace Bay vs Northside

1:30 pm – Strait-Richmond vs CB West

3 pm – County vs Glace Bay

Sunday – March 1st

10 am: – 1 vs 4

11:30 am  – 2 vs 3

2 pm – Championship