AMHERST – The Sackville Flyers scored three first period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Cumberland County Amherst Insurance Ramblers in opening day action at the 2013 Nova Scotia Bantam AA Hockey Championships here Thursday.
Matthew Burke, Michael Hardie and Jalen Loppie each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who led 3-0 after one period and 4-1 after two.
Trevor Larkin also scored for the Flyers, while Connor Theriault had two assists and Alec Rembowski had a single helper.
Chad Miller scored the lone Cumberland County goal with Joel McCrossin adding an assist.
In their opener, the Ramblers lost 12-4 to the top-seeded Sydney Steelers as Colton Marchand had four goals and one assist. Sean Smith had two goals and two assists, Liam Moore had two goals and an assist, and Shane Porga had two goals.
Andrew MacLeod had a goal and three assists and Dustin Sudds scored once. Brady Johnston, Aiden O’Rourke and Mitchell Johnston had single assists.
Madison Colford had two goals for Cumberland County, while Miller had a goal and an assist and McCrossin scored once. Reuben MacKenzie had two assists, while Bailey Embree, Brody Deegan and Colton Hiltz each had one assist.
In other games, Alex Miller scored what proved to be the winner as the South Shore Ice Sharks nipped the Glace Bay Miners 2-1.
Cooper Stuart also scored for the Ice Sharks while Aiden O’Brien and Max Hartling added assists.
Michael Doucet scored the lone goal for Glace Bay.
Brandon Sullivan had three goals to lift the Yarmouth Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Chebucto Atlantics.
Brett Mercier and Jacob Surrette also scored for the Mariners, who built up a 3-0 first period lead only to see Chebucto rally for three in the second period.
Jaden Pothier, Cole Jacquard, Dominic Surette, Regis Dugas and Carmen Shaw added assists.
Patrick MacDonald had a goal and an assist for Chebucto with Jack Eliot and Jonathan Rhodenizer adding single goals. Cole Michell had two assists with Jack Furey and Brandon Drake each adding single assists.
Action resumes today with South Shore facing Chebucto at 8 a.m. and Yarmouth playing Cumberland County at 10 a.m. At noon, Glace Bay plays Sackville with Sydney meeting Chebucto at 2 p.m.
Cumberland returns to action at 4 p.m. against South Shore , Yarmouth meets Glace Bay at 6 p.m. and Sackville playing Sydney at 8 p.m.
Games continue Saturday with the semifinals and championship on Sunday.
The Peewee AA tournament begins this morning in Springhill with the host Cumberland County Amherst Pharmasave Ramblers facing Truro at 11 a.m.
Dartmouth plays Halifax at 1 p.m. and Truro plays Acadia at 3 p.m.
The opening ceremonies at the Richard Calder Arena are set for 4:30 p.m. with Halifax and Cumberland meeting at 5 p.m. The final game of the day has Acadia facing Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
Games continue Saturday with the championship game on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Cumberland County plays on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. against Acadia and against Dartmouth at 12:30 p.m.
In Parrsboro, the Midget A Girls tournament kicks off today with the Parrsboro Predators facing the Cumberland County Community Credit Union at 11 a.m., followed by Bedford and Cape Breton at 1 p.m. and Cumberland County against Yarmouth at 3 p.m.
Cape Breton plays Parrsboro at 5 p.m. and Yarmouth meets Bedford at 7 p.m.
Action continues Saturday with the championship game on Sunday at 11 a.m.