By Rose Willigar
AMHERST – Parrsboro Predators claimed both Midget and Bantam division championship games during the Bluenose tournament Sunday at the Amherst Stadium.
Both championship games of the tournament went into overtime with Midget Predators beating out Cumberland Midget Grinders 6 – 5 and Bantam Predators finishing with a 5 – 4 win against Cumberland Bantam Lions.
“A lot of these kids know each other,” tournament chair Wayne MacKenzie said about the Parrsboro and Cumberland teams. “It’s good to see them playing their last tournament of the year on home or close to home ice.”
“This was the midgets first tournament win of the season, it’s nice to see them win especially because five of the players are finished with minor hockey this year,” midget coach Mike Johnson said.
Bantam coach Greg Matthews said it was a hard win for the team because the team was playing short handed.
“We only had 11 players, two of which were goalies,” Matthews said.
“Most of the teams had three lines while our guys had the one line, which left some of the guys playing quadruple shifts,” the coach added.
Midget A trophies and awards for the tournament were as follows; top scorer – Predator Evan Canning, top defenceman - Predator Ryan Quinn, most sportsmanlike - Grinders Alex Gould and top goalie – Grinders Ryan Hatchard.
Bantam A trophies and awards were as follows; top scorer – Lions Forrest Gallagher, most sportsmanlike - Lions Tristan McKellar, top defenceman – Predator Patrick Quinn, top goalie – Lions Matt Hunter.
MacKenzie said overall the tournament went well with six teams entered in the Bluenose tournament closing out the hockey season at the Amherst Stadium.