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Fitting win

Brayden Schmitt had a smile on his face as he reached a hand over to touch the banner bearing his father’s name, having just won it with his teammates.

The Pye Chevrolet Peewee AAA Bearcats won their division of the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament on Monday night, downing the Moncton Hawks 5-2. Back row, from left: Julie Schmitt, Keegan Macumber, Tanner Greatorex, Jacob Bolger, Merle Putnam, Owen Mullen, Brayden Schmitt, Brody Schmitt, Matthew Hunter, Jeremiah Martin, Karyn Schmitt. Second row: Sam Archibald, Cole Sellers, Sam Rogers, Brandon Forbes, Nicholas Marshall. Front Row: Oliver Arnfast and Ashton Cutten.

Missing from photo is Jacob Melanson. 

It was a fitting moment all around – the son of the tournament’s namesake playing a hand in the win, and one of the most dominant teams in Nova Scotia peewee hockey again proving their superiority.

Joining the team on the ice were Brayden’s sister, Julia, and his mother, Karyn, following the Pye Chevrolet Peewee AAA Bearcats’ 5-2 over the Moncton Hawks in the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament final.

The Bearcats, who are 11-0 in league play this season, went undefeated throughout the tournament. Their closest game came in their final round robin contest, tying the Hawks 4-4. Later Monday night, they bounced back with five goals from five different players to win the championship.

Nick Marshall and Sam Archibald opened the scoring in the first period, with Nick Gallant adding one in the second period. Brandon Forbes and Merle Putnam scored in the third to put the game away. Marshall, Owen Mullen and Sam Rogers added assists.

The Pye’s club also earned wins in the round robin against the Bedford Blues, 4-1, and Northwest Bulls, 5-3.

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