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Cougars, Tigers skate for the cause

Jackson Haight, left, of the CEC Cougars chases the puck against Duncan Smith of the Hants East Tigers on Thursday during the We Care About Cancer high school hockey contest the stadium. The game, won 5-2 by the Cougars, raised $1,920.
Jackson Haight, left, of the CEC Cougars chases the puck against Duncan Smith of the Hants East Tigers on Thursday during the We Care About Cancer high school hockey contest the stadium. The game, won 5-2 by the Cougars, raised $1,920. - Joey Smith

MacLeod fires hat trick as CEC wins annual We Care About Cancer game

TRURO, N.S. – Almost $2,000 was raised for the We Care About Cancer fund during a high school hockey game in Truro on Thursday.

The Cobequid Cougars hosted the Hants East Tigers in a battle of the big cats at the Colchester Legion Stadium. A total of  $1,920 was raised from the event, beating last year’s total of $1,450.

The majority of the proceeds will be donated to the We Care About Cancer fund, set up by the Colchester East Hants Health Centre to help relieve the financial burdens placed on cancer patients.

The team is also donating a portion of the proceeds to Brayden Ross, a North Nova Gryphons player who was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is undergoing treatment.

It was the third year for the game, which is played  in memory of former well-known Truro minor hockey coach Mike Schmitt.

The Cougars won the contest 5-2 and looked sharp doing it, as they traded their traditional blue and orange jerseys for purple.  

Calum MacLeod led the way with a natural hat trick, while Jackson Haight and Connor Miller fired single markers.

Rylan McIntyre was the big playmaker with three assists, while Cameron DeGroot had a pair. Other helpers went to Brody Schmitt, Luke Smith and Hayden Roy.

Cody Patriquin earned the win between the pipes.

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