PEE­WEE AA RAM­BLERS WIN MAIN­LAND LEAGUE TI­TLE

Play Hal­i­fax Hawks for HNS cham­pi­onship in two weeks in Truro

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Ai­dan McBurnie stuffed home a loose puck from the top of the crease with 31 sec­onds to play to lift the Cum­ber­land County Amherst Toy­ota Ram­blers to a 5-4 win over the West Hants War­riors to win the Main­land Pee­wee AA Hockey League cham­pi­onship.

With the win, the Ram­blers move to the Day of Cham­pi­ons in two weeks where they will play the Hal­i­fax Hawks for the Nova Sco­tia cham­pi­onship.

In the cham­pi­onship game Sun­day, the Ram­blers built up a 4-0 lead in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore the War­riors started chip­ping away at the lead to pull even with 3:22 to play in the third pe­riod.

Sam Mad­di­son, Burke Bed, Brady Stack and Kieran Sears scored for the Ram­blers in the game while Ben MacDon­ald and Kieran Sears added as­sists.

Wil­son Dav­i­son had two goals for West Hants with Blake Man­ders and Austin Hood adding sin­gle goals.

“I thought Phoenix Rem­ing­ton was ex­cel­lent in nets all week­end and made some big saves at key times to keep the mo­men­tum rolling, while I thought Kieran Sears and Ai­dan McBurnie had a great week­end,” Ram­blers coach Jeff Walsh said. “They were mas­sive in their con­tri­bu­tions in the of­fen­sive zone and very dis­ci­plined in the de­fen­sive zone. They both logged a pile of min­utes and were able to com­pete at a high level all six games.”

Ear­lier Sun­day, the Ram­blers ex­ploded for six third pe­riod goals

to de­feat the Yar­mouth Mariners 6-2.

Kieran Sears con­tin­ued his tor­rid scor­ing pace with three goals for the Ram­blers, but it was Sam Mad­di­son’s pair mid­way through the third pe­riod that paced the Ram­blers rally.

Ai­dan McBurnie also scored for Cum­ber­land County with Brady Stack adding two as­sists and Burke Beed, Jimmy Carr and Reece MacDon­ald each adding one as­sist.

Ri­ley Hub­bard and Rus­sell Pinksen scored for Yar­mouth.

West Hants de­feated Pic­tou County 6-1 in the sec­ond semi­fi­nal with Nolan Fowler and Austin

Hood each scor­ing twice.

The Ram­blers opened the tour­na­ment with a con­vinc­ing 7-2 win over the Aca­dia Ax­e­men with Kieran Sears scor­ing four goals and Alex Her­rett, Ethan Rose and Man­del Nick­er­son scor­ing once.

Jimmy Carr, Burke Beed and Brady Stack each had two as­sists and Reece MacDoald, Ben MacDon­ald and Kyler Ed­wards each had one as­sist.

Ryan Brown and CJ Zinck scored for Aca­dia.

Ai­dan McBurnie scored three times and Man­del Nick­er­son had a goal and two as­sists as Cum­ber­land County de­feated the Truro Bearcats 7-2 in the club’s sec­ond

game on Fri­day.

Burke Beed had a goal and two as­sists and Sam Mad­di­son and Ben MacDon­ald also scored once for Cum­ber­land County with Phoenix Rem­ing­ton, Ethan Rose, Nate Arse­neau and Sam Mad­di­son adding as­sists.

Evan Shay and Ai­den Gloade scored for Truro.

Kieran Sears had four goals and Ai­dan McBurnie a goal and an as­sist as the Ram­blers move to 3-0 with a 6-0 win over the Antigo­nish Bull­dogs.

Phoenix Rem­ing­ton and Hay­den Crocket shared the shutout and Man­del Nick­er­son also scored with Burke Beed and Brady Stack adding two as­sists each and Ai­dan McBurnie, Nate Arse­neau and Kyler Ed­wards adding as­sists.

Cum­ber­land County cruised into the semi­fi­nals in top spot af­ter de­feat­ing the Western Val­ley Spar­tans 9-5 in their fi­nal round robin game on Satur­day.

Kieran Sears had three goals and two as­sists and Ai­dan McBurnie had three goals and an as­sist in the win with Burke Beed, Man­del Nick­er­son and Brady Stack each scor­ing once.

Brady Stack and Burke Beed each had three as­sists with Alex Her­rett, Reece MacDon­ald, Nate Arse­neau and Kyler Ed­wards each chip­ping in sin­gle as­sists.

Walsh said Kyler Ed­wards and Burke Beed as well as Sam Mad­di­son and Brady Stack were ex­cel­lent on the penalty kill while he cred­ited Ben MacDon­ald and Reece MacDon­ald for bring real “heart and soul” guys through­out the tour­na­ment. He said de­fence­man Jimmy Carr also had a good week­end de­spite bat­tling some ill­ness and a nag­ging knee in­jury with both Nolan McNally and Nate Arse­neau be­ing big on de­fence when killing penal­ties.

The coach said Ethan Rose, Alex Her­rett and Man­del Nick­er­son played well and chipped in with some timely of­fence and ex­cel­lent play de­fen­sively while he was happy to see Hay­den Crocket re­turn to the lineup and make some big saves when called on.

He also thanked the Town of Amherst for pro­vid­ing the ice for free as part of its free ice time pi­lot project and the many vol­un­teers that made the tour­na­ment a suc­cess.

CHUCK LINNEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The Cum­ber­land County Amherst Toy­ota Ram­blers are the 2018 Hockey Nova Sco­tia Pee­wee AA Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons af­ter a 5-4 win over the West Hants War­riors on Sun­day at the Amherst Sta­dium. Mem­bers of the team in­clude: (front, from left) Hay­den Crocket,...

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