The Chris Scott Construction Peewee AAA Mariners are hosting the annual NSMHL’s Mainland playoff tournament at the Mariners Centre March 8-10.
Teams will compete at this tournament for the chance to win the league and also advance to provincials. The top two teams from the tournament will advance to Peewee AAA Hockey Nova Scotia Provincials being held March 21-24 in Halifax.
The following is the tournament schedule.
(A1 refers to Arena 1 at the Mariners Centre. A2 is Arena 2.)
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
12:00 pm Yarmouth Vs West Hants A1
1:30 pm Acadia vs Truro A1
3:30 pm Pictou vs Cumberland A1
4:30 pm Antigonish vs Yarmouth A1
5:00 pm West Hants vs Acadia A2
6:30 pm Truro vs Pictou A2
8 pm Cumberland vs Antigonish A2
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
10:00 am Acadia vs Pictou A1
11:30 am West Hants vs Antigonish A1
1:00 pm Truro vs Cumberland A1
2:30 pm Pictou vs Yarmouth A1
4:00 pm Antigonish vs Acadia A1
5:30 pm Cumberland vs West Hants A1
7:00 pm Yarmouth vs Truro A1
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
10:00 am 4th Place vs 1st Place A1
10:30am 3rd Place vs 2nd Place
2:00 pm Championship Game (Between semi winners) A1
PREVIOUS WEEKEND FOR HOST TEAM
Semi-final finish for peewee AAA Mainers
The Chris Scott Construction Mariners made it to semi-final action at the Ed MacNeil Memorial Peewee AAA Tournament hosted by Summerside.
The Yarmouth squad opened the PEI tournament with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Western Warriors. Game MVP Jared Pitman led the way with three goals and two assists, while Sam Hope fired a pair of goals, and Koen Shand added a pair of assists.
In their second game on Friday, the Mariners dropped a hard fought 4-3 decision to the Pownal Red Devils, the first-place team from PEI. Russell Pinksen and game MVP Jessica Mackinnon had a goal and an assist each, with Jared Pitman adding the other marker. The Mariners had held a 3-1 first-period lead but were unable to hold on against the pesky Red Devil squad.
The last game of the round robin saw probably the best game of the tournament as the West Hants Warriors edged Yarmouth 2-1 in a closely fought, well-played contest from both teams. Jared Pitman scored the lone goal assisted by game MVP Sam Hope, and Jordan Apostolofski. Cohen Stoddard made 24 saves for the Mariners. The 1-2 round robin result placed the Mariners in sixth place resulting in a quarter-final matchup versus the third place Sherwood Falcons.
In the Saturday afternoon quarter final, the Yarmouth team came out flying with a complete game effort resulting in a 5-0 victory. Game MVP Cohen Stoddard recorded his first shutout of the season making 16 saves. Jessica Mackinnon and Jared Pitman both fired a pair of markers, with the other by Dominic Jacquard. Defenceman Dylan D'Entremont added a pair of assists.
In semi-final action on Sunday morning, the Mariners dropped a 4-2 decision to the eventual tournament winners, the Summerside Capitals. Yarmouth came out flat and found themselves trailing 4-0 near the end of the second period. A goal by Dominic Jacquard on a nice play assisted by Dakota Ryer and Sawyer Longmire narrowed the lead.
An early third period marker from Jared Pitman, assisted by Game MVP Jessica Mackinnon and Dawson O'Connell sparked a furious Mariner attack. It was not meant to be as the Capitals held on despite being outshot 18-4 by the Mariners during the final frame.