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Yarmouth hosting bantam AA hockey league tournament and provincials qualifier March 3-5

Wades Wire Traps/Five Star Roofing Bantam AA Yarmouth Mariners.
Wades Wire Traps/Five Star Roofing Bantam AA Yarmouth Mariners.

YARMOUTH, N.S. – There will be a lot riding on all games during a tournament in Yarmouth this weekend as eight bantam AA teams compete for the chance to advance to provincials.

The Wades Wire Traps/Five Star Roofing Bantam AA Mariners team is hosting the Bantam AA Mainland League tournament at the Mariners Centre March 3-5.

Joining the host team will be teams from Acadia, Pictou, Western Valley, South Shore, Truro, Antigonish and Cumberland County.

Two teams will qualify for provincials being held in Glace Bay April 6-9.

The Wades Wire Traps/Five Star Roofing Bantam AA Mariners team is hosting the Bantam AA Mainland League tournament at the Mariners Centre March 3-5.

Joining the host team will be teams from Acadia, Pictou, Western Valley, South Shore, Truro, Antigonish and Cumberland County.

Two teams will qualify for provincials being held in Glace Bay April 6-9.

Bantam AA hockey between Yarmouth and Pictou.

This past weekend saw the last weekend of regular games in the league. Going into the weekend Acadia sat in first place with Yarmouth in second. Only 10 points separated the second-place and fifth-place teams in the league, which has made for a competitive league throughout the season.

Yarmouth started the year with just three returning players from last year’s bantam AA squad. 

“This team has come a long way all season. We’re in the top tier of our league. We’re hoping for a good showing at the tournament,” said head coach Nick Bourque..

Yarmouth Bantam AA Mariners defeated Acadia 6-3 at home on Feb. 26.

Asked about the team’s strengths, Bourque said it is the players’ never give up attitude.

“We have a lot of heart,” he said. “We’ve been down in a lot of games and have come back.”

Aside from good hockey, this weekend’s tournament will be good for the local economy. The team’s parents are responsible for the organization of the tournament. Bourque says they have a good team both on and off the ice.

LAST REGULAR SEASON GAMES

Following this past weekend's last regular season games, Yarmouth hung onto it's second place standing in the league following two wins over first-place Acadia. In their first game Saturday Yarmouth had a 4-2 win over Acadia. Scoring for Yarmouth were Jay DeViller, Donovan Mullen, Brennan Smith and Andre d’Entremont. Zach d’Arcy had 2 assists. Andre d’Entremont, Donovan Mullen, Jay Deviller, Hayden Young and Gavin O’Connell had one assist each. Charlie Banks was in net and was named player of the game.

At home on Sunday, the Mariners doubled Acadia 6-3. Josh Greene and Hayden Young each had 2 goals.  Jay DeViller and Zach D’Arcy each had one. Zach d’Arcy and Zach Richardson had 2 assists each. Brennan Smith, Donovan Mullen, Denver d’Entremont, Josh Greene, Rylan d’Entremont and Ryan Warner each had one assist. Liam Campbell was in net. Player of the game went to Josh Greene.

The league standings at the end of the regular season heading into this weekend's league tournament are as follows:

Bantam AA hockey between Yarmouth and South Shore.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

• 9-10:30 a.m. Yarmouth vs Antigonish Arena 1

• 9:15-10:45 a.m. Acadia vs Cumberland Arena 2

• 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Pictou vs Truro Arena 1

• 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Western Valley vs South Shore Arena 2

• 5-6:30 p.m. Pictou vs South Shore Arena 1

• 5:15-6:45 p.m. Acadia vs Antigonish Arena 2

• 6:30-8 p.m. Yarmouth vs Truro Arena 1

• 6:45-8:15 p.m. Western Valley vs Cumberland Arena 2

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

• 9:30-11 a.m. Pictou vs Cumberland Arena 2

• 10-11:30 a.m. Western Valley vs Antigonish Arena 1

• 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Acadia vs Truro Arena 2

• 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Yarmouth vs South Shore Arena 1

• 3:30-5 p.m. Pictou vs Antigonish Arena 2

• 4:15-5:45 p.m. Acadia vs South Shore Arena 1

• 5-6:30 p.m. Yarmouth vs Cumberland Arena 2

• 5:45-7:15 p.m. Western Valley vs Truro Arena 1

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

Seeding based on tournament results

• 10:15-11:45 a.m. 1st vs 4th Arena 1

• 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. 2nd vs 3rd Arena 2

• 2-4 p.m. Championship game

 

NOTE: There is no admission charged to the tournament. There are 50/50 draws taking place throughout the tournament that people can participate in to support the event.

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