High school hockey play­offs be­gin this week­end

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SYD­NEY — The Glace Bay Pan­thers and Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats will kick off the 200910 Cape Bre­ton High School Hockey League play­offs with their best-of-seven se­ries beginning this week­end.

The Pan­thers lock horns with the Wild­cats Sun­day at the Bay­plex in Glace Bay at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 will be played Thurs­day in Glace Bay, an­other 7:30 p.m. start.

The Wild­cats fin­ished sec­ond in the four-team loop with a 9-61-2 record for 21 points. They’ll face a Glace Bay squad that wrapped up play Fri­day night in third place with a 10-8-0-0 mark for 20 points.

The Wild­cats en­ter the se­ries boast­ing the league’s scor­ing cham­pion. Kenny MacIn­nis fin­ished with 35 points fol­low­ing Syd­ney Academy’s 7-6 over­time win over the Riverview Red­men, Wed­nes­day, where he scored four goals and added an as­sist in the victory. MacIn­nis fin­ished the sea­son with 20 goals and 15 as­sists in 18 games.

The sec­ond semi­fi­nal se­ries will fea­ture the league-lead­ing Memo­rial Ma­raud­ers fac­ing the fourth-place Red­men.

Their best-of-seven af­fair kicks off Thurs­day at the North Syd­ney Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, with the sec­ond game be­ing played Fri­day at the County Recre­ation Cen­tre in Cox­heath. Both games are sched­uled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Memo­rial fin­ished atop the league stand­ings with an 11-6-10 record for 23 points. They en­ter the se­ries as the favourites against the Red­men, who fin­ished the sea­son with a 5-10-0-3 record for 13 points.

The Ma­raud­ers en­ter the se­ries with the fewest goals against al­lowed. They’re back­stopped by the goal­tend­ing tan­dem of Cyril Eavis and Greg Wil­neff.

The sched­ule for the rest of the semi­fi­nal se­ries has yet to be de­ter­mined.

The two semi­fi­nal win­ners will square off for the league cham­pi­onship, which will be a best-of-five se­ries.

The league cham­pion moves on to the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion Divi­sion 1 boys hockey cham­pi­onship be­ing hosted by Mill­wood High School in Sackville, N.S., March 26-28.

The run­ner-up will head to Northum­ber­land for a qual­i­fy­ing se­ries against the run­ner-up in that re­gion.

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