High school hockey playoffs begin this weekend
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.