The Fred Page Cup, the tournament to determine the Eastern Canadian Jr. A Hockey champion, got underway in Amherst on May 1 with two games.
In the first game, the Princeville Titans of the QJHL and the Yarmouth Mariners of the MHL played a scoreless first period.
In the second, the Titan scored twice to take a 2-0 lead on goals by Dominic Cormier and William Bergeron.
The Mariners tied it up in the third with two goals by Logon Timmons, only to see the Titans Zachary Bennett score the winning with 4:38 remaining in the period. Titan goaltender Mathieu Bellemare closed the door after that. He was named that team's player of the game. Timmons was the player of the game for the Mariners.
Before the start of the second game between the host Amherst Ramblers and the Ottawa Jr. Senators from the CCHL, the official opening ceremonies were held. The Fred Page Cup was brought onto the ice and representatives of the three leagues and Amherst Mayor David Kogon addressed the crowd.
During the opening ceremonies Walter Maltby - Mr. Hockey in Amherst - was honoured for his contributions to the game. He has been a coach, referee and executive. He participated in minor hockey and was a founding member of the Amherst Ramblers.
In the second game of the Day, the Ottawa Jr. Senators were victorious over the Amherst Ramblers by a 4-1 score. The Senators jumped into the lead on a goal by Danny Pion at 6:24 of the first period. They went up 2-0 on a goal by Noah Rowe.
The second period saw end-to-end action and the score remained 2-0 until the final minute of the play when the Senators went up 3-0 on a goal by Darcy Walsh.
In the third period, the Senators extended their lead to 4-0 on a goal by David Toppa. Amherst managed to get onto the scoreboard at 11:19 on a goal by Rambler Jacob Melanson. While they came close, the Ramblers just couldn't get it by Senator goaltender Francis Boisvert. Players of the game were David Toppa of the Senators and Jacob Melanson of the Ramblers.
The tournament continues today, May 2, with matches between the Senators and Titans at 3 p.m. and the Mariners and Ramblers at 7:30 p.m.