PICTOU – Nick Cheverie and Evan Hatfield each had two goals as the Cumberland County Springhill Guardian Pharmacy Ramblers defeated the TASA Ducks 4-2 to win the peewee championship at the Adam Larade Minor Hockey Tournament in Pictou last weekend.
Cole Stevens and Aidan Devine each had assists for the Ramblers, while Josh Nicholl won the game MVP award stopping 34 shots in the win.
“Our team was determined to go out and play a strong disciplined game and work together to get the job done,” coach Geoff McAloney said. “The adrenaline and excitement really built and could be seen from every player on the team and game drew nearer to an end. They kept their goals in mind and didn’t stray and for that I am proud of all the players on the team.”
McAloney said his team played its best team-oriented hockey of the year over the weekend and he hopes it continues through the remainder of the season and the closing tournament in Springhill in mid-March.
Cumberland County opened the tournament with a 6-2 win over the Trenton Steelers.
Stevens won the MVP award with two goals, while Devine had a goal and an assist. Hatfield, John-Simon Beaton and Cheverie each scored once. Brendan Atwell added an assist.
Devine had the lone goal and picked up MVP honours early Sunday as the Ramblers lost 3-1 to the Ducks in what was a preview of the final.
The Ramblers earned a spot in the final with a 6-6 tie with the Cumberland County Archway Insurance Ramblers.
Hatfield had two goals and an assist and Devine scored twice for Springhill Guardian Pharmacy. Cheverie and JD Pettigrew also scored, while Stevens, Reggie-Dane Dwyer and Ethan McAloney added assists.
Nicholl faced 26 shots to get the win in goal.
The tie allowed the Ramblers to advance to the final by virtue of its plus-minus record on goals.