Antigonish, River Valley crowned champions at Ronnie Elliott tourney

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AMHERST – Organizers got everything they wanted in the Amherst Pizza Delight Ronnie Elliott Tournament at the Amherst Stadium here this past weekend.

Well, almost everything.

Both division finals featured Cumberland County teams, as the tournament hosting Community Credit Union Crew met the Antigonish AA Bulldogs in the midget final, while the Cumberland Barracudas fell 3-2 to the River Valley She-Devils in the bantam final.

The Credit Union fell short by a 3-0 margin, while the thriller of the day was played out in the bantam final that ended with River Valley scoring the winner a little more than two minutes from a third overtime period.

Bulldogs game MVP Sara MacInnis fired the eventual game winner a little more than a minute into the middle frame to stake the Dogs to a 1-0 lead. 

Credit Union’s Caitlin MacKenzie was selected her team’s game MVP, and Michelle Anderson suffered the loss in goal.

In the bantam final, River Valley struck first a little more than six minutes into the game, but Cumberland would knot the game about four minutes later after Chelsae Dwyer finished off a nifty passing play with Whitney Milner and Megan Proctor.

The Barracudas’ Lauren MacEachern buried a one-timer to give the locals their first lead in the final, but the She-Devils battled back just two-and-a-half minutes later, setting the stage for extra time.

River Valley championship game MVP Kaitlyn Savoie made good on her attempt almost nine minutes into the second overtime period to seal the win.

Jennifer Hollis garnered game MVP honours for Cumberland.

Another local entry in the midget division was the Parrsboro Predators, who thumped Sussex Red Wings 7-0 before losing 2-0 to the  Riverview Royals and 5-0 to the Sackville Flyers.

Tournament organizer Chuck Linney was pleased with the event, especially the play of the local teams.

“It was amazing to watch, and they should be extremely proud of themselves, as I know I am,” said Linney.

Linney was also pleased with the performance from his club versus Antigonish as well.

“They are a very good team. They will host the AA provincial championships later this month, and they missed winning the AA title last year by a goal,” he said.

For us being an A team and to compete with them like we did is great.”

Linney was also very appreciative of the help in making this year’s event a success.

Organizations: Community Credit Union Crew

Geographic location: River Valley, Amherst Stadium, Antigonish Cumberland County

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