AMHERST, N.S. – It was a memorable day for the Cumberland County Bantam C Ramblers.
Over a span of approximately 10 hours the team played four hockey games, and while likely exhausted the team won all four games taking home the gold at the Corey Bates-Nick Merrill Friendship Tournament and the Colchester Bantam C League championship banner.
At the Bates-Merrill tournament, Kaden Cooke recorded the shutout and Ryan Smith had two goals and Thane McAloney two goals and an assist as the Ramblers won the Bantam C title with a 6-0 win over the TASA Sharks.
James Martin and Anickin Bouwens each scored once while Aiden McCulley chipped in with an assist.
As soon as that game was over, the club had to travel over the Cobequid Pass to play the Truro Contrast DKI Bearcats for the Colchester league title.
Ryan Smith scored with 46 seconds left to give the Ramblers a 4-3 win with Thane McAloney adding an assist.
McAloney also had two goals in the game while Brady Gill had a goal and two assists. Fiona Morris and Braden Adams each chipped in assists.
Earlier in the day, the Ramblers defeated the Truro Black Bearcats 3-2 with Thane McAloney scoring on a penalty shot and Brady Gill and Anickin Bouwens each adding single goald to earn a spot in the league final.
The team then had to rush back to Cumberland County to play in the Bates-Merrill semifinal, winning that game to earn a spot in the final with a 5-2 win over the Moncton Hawks.
Aiden McCulley scored two goals and Brady Gill, Jasper Bushen and Thomas Smith each scored once in the win with Thane McAloney adding four assists.
Nicholas Wilson scored once and added an assist for Moncton and Peter Shin scored the other Hawks’ goal.
In other Bates-Merrill tournament action, the Cumberland County Golden Knights lost 7-2 to the North River Flames in the Atom C final.
Dawson Fisher and Liam Welton scored for the Golden Knights with Madelyn Flanagan adding assists.
Jake Farquharson scored three times for North River with Ben Phillips scoring twice and Devin Havenga and Jackson Fast each scoring once.
The Peewee C final saw the Moncton Hawks get two goals from Yousoo Shin in a 3-0 win over the TASA Sharks.
Dustin Fournier scored once and Tyler Canning added the shutout.