AMHERST – A four-goal second period outburst lifted the Cumberland County Ramblers to the peewee AA title at the 52nd Carter’s Cresting Bluenose Minor Hockey Tournament on Sunday.
Sam Maddison, who earned MVP honours for Cumberland County in the championship game, had two goals in the game while Nate Arseneau added two goals and an assist as the Ramblers defeated the Pictou County Crushers 6-1.
Burke Beed and Alex Herrett each scored once for the Ramblers, who were tied 1-1 after one period and led 5-1 after two. Kieran Sears had three assists, Reece MacDonald had two assists and Beed chipped in with a single assist.
Colby Nichol scored the lone goal for the Crushers.
The Ramblers got into the final with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over the Dartmouth Whalers in the semifinal with Aidan McBurnie scoring just over a minute into the extra frame.
Alex Herrett also scored for the Ramblers, who were first on the board before Ryan Coyle tied it in the second period.
Kiearn Sears and Burke Beed added assists for the Ramblers.
Ethan Rose had two goals and James Carr and Mandel Nickerson each scored once as the Ramblers opened the tournament on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Halifax Hawks.
Aidan McBurnie and Burke Beed added assists for the Ramblers while Zam Ross and Gavin Clark scored for the Hawks.
In their second game, Phoenix Remington earned the shutout and Adian McBurnie had two goals and an assist as the Ramblers defeated the Truro Bearcats 5-0.
Kyler Edwards, Ethan Rose and Sam Maddison added single goals for the Ramblers with Reece MacDonald and Brady Stack each chipping in two assists and Burke Beed, Kieran Sears, Alex Herrett and Nate Arseneau each adding one assist.
In their final round robin game, Aidan McBurnie had three goals and an assist and Ethan Rose had a goal and an assist as the Ramblers defeated the Sackville McDonald’s Macs 7-1.
Alex Herrett, Kyler Edwards and Kieran Sears each scored once for the Ramblers with Burke Beed chipping in two assists and Brady Stack, Reece MacDonald, Sam Maddison and Kieran Sears each adding single assists.
Anthony Field scored for Sackville with Nelson Hicks adding an assist.
In the midget A division, the Eastern Shore Mariners nipped the defending champion Queens County Cougars 5-4 in a shootout to win the championship.
Ryan McGrath had two goals for the Mariners, who tied the game midway through the third period while Dylan Mosher’s shootout goal proved to be the winner.
Gavin Brittain and Will Macrae also scored for Eastern Shore.
Jaeden Link, Shane Wyatt, Zack Levy and Aaron Wilcox scored for the Cougars.
The host Cumberland County Ramblers were winless in three games at the tournament.
Kade Stewart, Nolan Bowers, Jaeden Link, Maguire Nickerson and Zack Larocque scored for the Queens County Cougars in a 5-3 win over the Ramblers on Friday.
MacKenzie Comeau, Tanner Bowen and Josh Black scored for the Ramblers with Tanner Bowen, Nolan Kelba, MacKenzie Comeau and Aaron Sjanic adding assists.
The Ramblers were dropped 4-0 by Eastern Shore in their second game with Balin Ferris, Jacques Forgeron, Will Macrae and Brent Stevens each scoring once.
Logan DeCoste and Brett Claveau each scored once as the Pictou County Crushers defeated the Ramblers 2-1 in Oxford on Saturday night.
Jackson Comeau scored for the Ramblers with Alex Goodwin and Zack Gould adding assists.