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Bates-Merrill friendship tournament this weekend

The Second Corey Bates-Nick Merrill Friendship Hockey Tournament starts Friday at the Amherst Stadium, Oxford Arena and Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill with 29 teams in five divisions. Shown is action from last year's atom C final.
The Second Corey Bates-Nick Merrill Friendship Hockey Tournament starts Friday at the Amherst Stadium, Oxford Arena and Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill with 29 teams in five divisions. Shown is action from last year's atom C final. - Chuck Linney Photography

Tournament honours memory of Corey Bates, Nick Merrill

AMHERST – The second edition of the Corey Bates-Nick Merrill Friendship Hockey Tournament takes place at three Cumberland County arenas this weekend in memory of a pair of hockey and baseball players who lost their lives in a tragic car accident near Amherst in August 2007.

Twenty-nine teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will take to the ice to compete in five divisions from novice C, which will operate in a jamboree format, to midget C.

The tournament is being hosted by the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association.

In Novice C, three Cumberland County teams will be joined by the Dartmouth Whalers in the jamboree that will see the four teams play exhibition games with no winners declared and no tournament champion.

Atom C will feature two divisions of four teams with the Cumberland Rams, Cumberland Bobcats, Truro Green Bearcats and the Dartmouth Whalers in one division and the Cumberland Golden Knights, Truro Black Bearcats, West Colchester Cobras and New Glasgow Bombers in the other.

The Cumberland Rams, Sackville Rangers, Stellarton Royals and Trenton Steelers make up one of two divisions in peewee C with the other division including the Cumberland Bombers, Moncton Hawks, Dieppe Eagles and New Glasgow Bombers.

Bantam C will feature four teams including the Cumberland Ramblers, Sherwood-Parkdale Falcons, Oromocto Kings and Tatamagouche Titans with midget C featuring two Cumberland County teams, the Riverview Blues, Sydney Steelers and the Thorburn Golden Hawks.

Following is the schedule:

Friday

12 p.m. Atom C Dartmouth vs. Truro Green (Oxford)

12 p.m. Atom C Cumb. Bobcats vs. Cumb. Rams (Amherst)

1:10 p.m. Atom C New Glasgow vs. West Colchester (Oxford)

1:10 p.m. Atom C Truro Green vs. Cumb. Knights (Amherst)

2:20 p.m. Peewee C Sackville vs. Cum. Rams (Amherst)

2:20 p.m. Peewee C Trenton vs. Stellarton (Oxford)

3:30 p.m. Peewee C New Glasgow vs. Dieppe (Oxford)

3:30 p.m. Peewee C Moncton vs. Cumb. Bombers (Amherst)

4:40 p.m. Novice C Cumberland (Gould) and Cumberland (Henderson) (Oxford)

4:40 p.m. Midget C Cumberland (Chris) vs. Riverview (Amherst)

5:50 p.m. Bantam C Sherwood vs. Oromocto (Oxford)

5:50 p.m. Novice C Dartmouth and Cumberland (Power) (Amherst)

7 p.m. Bantam C Cumberland vs. Tatamagouche (Oxford)

7 p.m. Midget C Cumberland (Tony) vs. Thorburn (Amherst)

8:10 p.m. Midget C Sydney vs. Cumberland (Chris) (Amherst)

Saturday

8 a.m. Novice C Cumberland (Power) and Cumberland (Gould) (Amherst)

8 a.m. Novice C Cumberland (Henderson) and Dartmouth Whalers (Springhill)

8 a.m. Peewee C Cumb Rams vs. Stellarton (Oxford)

9:10 a.m. Peewee C Cumb. Bombers vs. Dieppe (Springhill)

9:10 a.m. Peewee C New Glasgow vs. Moncton (Oxford)

9:10 a.m. Peewee C Trenton vs. Sackville (Amherst)

10:20 a.m. Truro Green vs. Cumb. Rams (Amherst)

10:20 a.m. Atom C Dartmouth vs. Cumb. Bobcats (Springhill)

10:20 a.m. Atom C West Colchester vs. Cumb. Nights (Oxford)

11:30 a.m. Midget C Sydney vs. Thorburn (Oxford)

11:30 a.m. Atom C New Glasgow vs. Truro Black (Amherst)

11:30 a.m. Midget C Cumberland (Tony) vs. Riverview (Springhill)

12:40 p.m. Bantam C Tatamagouche vs. Sherwood (Springhill)

12:40 p.m. Novice C Cumberland (Gould) and Dartmouth (Oxford)

12:40 p.m. Bantam C Oromocto vs. Cumberland (Amherst)

1:50 p.m.  Peewee C Cumb. Rams vs. Trenton (Springhill)

1:50 p.m. Novice C Cumberland (Henderson) and Cumberland (Power) (Amherst)

1:50 p.m. Peewee C Sackville vs. Stellarton (Oxford)

3 p.m. Peewee C Cumb. Bombers vs New Glasgow (Amherst)

3 p.m. Midget C Cumberland (Chris) vs. Cumberland (Tony) (Oxford)

3 p.m. Peewee C Dieppe vs. Moncton (Springhill)

4:10 p.m. Atom C Cumb. Knights vs. New Glasgow (Oxford)

4:10 p.m. Atom C Dartmouth vs. Cumb. Rams (Springhill)

5:20 p.m. Atom C West Colchester vs. Truro Black (Oxford)

5:20 p.m. Atom C Cumb. Bobcats vs. Truro Green (Springhil)

6:30 p.m. Midget C Riverview vs. Sydney (Oxford)

6:30 p.m. Midget C Thorburn vs. Cumberland (Chris) (Springhill)

7:40 p.m. Bantam C Cumberland vs. Sherwood (Springhill)

7:40 p.m. Bantam C Oromocto vs. Tatamagouche (Oxford)

Sunday

7:30 a.m. Atom C Semifinal (Amherst)

8 a.m. Atom C Semifinal (Oxford)

8:40 a.m. Peewee C Semifinal (Amherst)

9:10 a.m. Peewee C Semifinal (Oxford)

9:50 a.m. Midget C Semifinal (Amherst)

10:20 a.m. Novice C Cumberland (Henderson) and Cumberland (Gould) (Oxford)

11:30 a.m. Novice C Cumberland (Power) and Dartmouth (Oxford)

12:10 p.m. Atom C Final (Amherst)

1:20 p.m. Peewee C Final (Amherst)

2:30 p.m. Bantam C Final (Amherst)

3:40 p.m. Midget C Final (Amherst)

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