MacDon­ald part of Is­lan­ders’long-term plans, Clarke earns hon­ourable men­tion

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

De­fence­man An­drew MacDon­ald of Judique is of­fi­cially part of the New York Is­lan­ders’ long-term plans. The 23-year-old blue-liner was signed to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, Thurs­day. No fi­nan­cial de­tails were re­leased.

MacDon­ald was play­ing in the Amer­i­can Hockey League with the Bridge­port Sound Tigers and was called up by the team in Novem­ber to help fill in for an in­jured Bren­dan Witt, but has been with the team ever since. He has a goal and four as­sists in 38 games, while amass­ing 16 min­utes in penal­ties. He’s also sixth on the team with a plus/mi­nus ra­tio of +3.

• Alyssa Clarke of Donkin, who plays for the Yale Bull­dogs women’s hockey team, earned an all-Ivy League hon­ourable men­tion this week. The se­nior blue-liner was one of the team’s best de­fen­sive play­ers end­ing, Feb. 21. Ryan Spar­ling, a for­ward with the X-Men hockey team, scored the game-winning goal in the sec­ond over­time as the X-Men de­feated the Uni­ver­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land Pan­thers 3-2 to sweep their best-of-three At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport quar­ter-fi­nal se­ries, 2-0. Spar­ling also scored on the power play in Game 1 of the se­ries in the X-Men’s 3-2 win. He led all XMen rookie for­wards with 11 points this sea­son.

He’s the sec­ond X-Men player from Cape Bre­ton to win the ac­co­lade. For­ward Bryce Swan of Alder Point was given the hon­our for the week end­ing, Nov. 26.

• A hand­ful of Cape Bre­ton play­ers were re­cently named Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League all-stars. In the Sid Rowe Divi­sion, Strait Pi­rates net­min­der Chris Den­ney was named to the first all-star team, as were two de­fence­men: Syd­ney’s Ryan Oak­ley of the Cum­ber­land County Blues and Cheti­camp’s Scott Chiasson of the Antigonish Bull­dogs. The sec­ond all-star team in­cludes Syd­ney River’s Johnny Cara­bin of the Strait Pi­rates at cen­tre and Glace Bay’s Jeff MacK­in­non of the Glace Bay Ju­nior Min­ers on de­fence.

• With the Olympics wrap­ping up Sun­day, we have one more Cape Bre­ton con­nec­tion to share. Len Shaw sent us a note about his brother, Const. Al­lan Shaw of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice. He’s in Van­cou­ver to help po­lice the Games. Len said his brother has en­joyed the Olympic ex­pe­ri­ence.

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