Ma­jor midget se­ries shift to Cape Bre­ton

Is­lan­ders and Sub­ways, Trades­men and Weeks tied 1-1

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO tj­colello@cb­

SYD­NEY — Cape Bre­ton’s two en­tries in the Nova Sco­tia Ma­jor Midget Hockey League have shifted home-ice ad­van­tage in their favour, as their league quar­ter­fi­nal se­ries re­sume this week­end.

The sixth-place Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders, with a 4-1 win over the third-place Dart­mouth Sub­ways last Sun­day at the Dart­mouth Sportsplex, evened their best-of-five se­ries at 1-1 af­ter a 5-2 Dart­mouth tri­umph the day be­fore. The Is­lan­ders host the Sub­ways for Game 3, Satur­day at 6 p.m. and Game 4, Sun­day at 2 p.m. at the Al MacIn­nis Sports Cen­tre in Port Hood.

“Our goal was to get a split up there last week­end, but leav­ing there Sun­day, we still had a bad taste in our mouth know­ing that we kind of gave them the game Satur­day night with a few mis­takes,” said Is­lan­ders head coach Craig MacIn­nis. “If we played as good as we did Sun­day, we could have a 2-0 lead right now, we feel.”

Matthew Miller, who led the Is­lan­ders in reg­u­lar sea­son scor­ing, has taken his act into the post sea­son as well. He scored three goals in Sun­day’s tri­umph.

“His play was very good Sun­day. He raised his game to a play­off level, which Satur­day night he re­ally didn’t do,” said MacIn­nis, also not­ing the play of for­ward Marc Bour­geois and goal­tender Kyle Fer­di­nand last week­end. “ We had more guys than just Matthew on Sun­day go­ing well, that’s for sure, but he def­i­nitely raised his game up of­fen­sively, started shoot­ing the puck and started skat­ing again, which was nice to see.”

The Trades­men, the fifth-place team, are in the same boat as their west-is­land coun­ter­parts. They opened their se­ries with the fourth-place Weeks Ma­jor Midgets with a 5-4 over­time tri­umph, Satur­day at New Glasgow Sta­dium, but the Pic­tou County club re­bounded with a 4-3 over­time win the next day to even the se­ries. Games 3 and 4 will be played at Cen­tre 200, Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­day at 10:25 a.m.

“I think we were pretty well evenly matched, fin­ish­ing fourth and fifth in the stand­ings is a tes­ta­ment to that,” said Trades­men head coach Aaron Rice. “For us, I think the dif­fer­ence is go­ing to be whether or not we can tighten up in our own end and keep pucks and get pucks out and score on our power play.

“I know that was a big dif­fer­ence on Sun­day. We had three, five-on-threes and weren’t able to cap­i­tal­ize on them and were hav­ing prob­lems chip­ping pucks out, so if we were able to tighten up in those ar­eas, I think we’re go­ing to have suc­cess.”

Kyle Far­rell and Brock Mor­ri­son of the Trades­men are lead­ing the team in play­off scor­ing so far with two goals and two as­sists apiece. The duo teamed up on the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the se­ries, with Mor­ri­son find­ing the back of the net twice in the tri­umph.

Line­mates Far­rell, Colin Camp­bell and Mor­ri­son fin­ished one-two-three re­spec­tively in the reg­u­lar sea­son scor­ing race. Far­rell (36 goals, 32 as­sists) and Camp­bell (30 goals, 38 as­sists) boasted 68 points apiece, while Mor­ri­son (30 goals, 31 as­sists) had 61 points. It’s the first time three Cape Bre­ton team­mates ac­com- plished the feat since 1993-94, when Rob­bie Sin­clair, Der­rick Pyke and Chris An­gione of the then Cape Bre­ton Jeans Ex­perts did the same.

But Rice said along with his big three and the likes of cap­tain Devon Muir, goal­tender Michael Bour­geois has also stepped up his game in the post sea­son thus far.

“ He’s re­ally made some big stops at key times that’s re­ally given our team the lift we needed at the right mo­ment and taken mo­men­tum and put it in our favour,” he said.

Game 5 of the Trades­men/Weeks se­ries, if nec­es­sary, is sched­uled for Tues­day at 7:30 p.m. at the New Glasgow Sta­dium. Game 5 of the Is­lan­ders/Sub­ways se­ries will be played at the Dart­mouth Sportsplex, but a time and date has yet to be sched­uled.

In other quar­ter-fi­nal se­ries, the league-lead­ing Hal­i­fax Tay­lar Made Se­cu­rity Ti­tans are up 2-0 over the eighth-place Val­ley Sport Swap­per Wild­cats and the sec­ond-place Cole Har­bour Ma­jor Midgets are also up 2-0 over the sev­enth-place Cana­dian Tire Mus­tangs.

Kyle Far­rell

Brock Mor­ri­son

Matthew Miller

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