Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders win Telus Cup mid­get hockey cham­pi­onship.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­ On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

The lit­tle team that could from Cape Bre­ton has done it.

The Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders erased a two-goal deficit to de­feat the Saint-François Bliz­zard of Que­bec 5-4 in over­time in the fi­nal of the 2017 Telus Cup na­tional mid­get cham­pi­onship Sun­day in Prince Ge­orge, B.C.

With the win, the Is­lan­ders be­came the first At­lantic cham­pion to ever win the tour­na­ment.

“What a mo­ment. I’m speech­less,” said Is­lan­ders cap­tain Ja­cob Hud­son of Pleas­ant Val­ley, Antigo­nish County. He was named tour­na­ment MVP. “It’s just a crazy mo­ment in my life and I’m proud to share it with these hard-work­ing guys on my team.”

It didn’t look good early for the na­tional champs. They en­tered the dress­ing room af­ter the first pe­riod trail­ing 4-2, af­ter a pair of Bliz­zard goals from Sa­muel Dick­ner, and sin­gles by Yan-Cé­dric Gau­dreault and Vin­cent Guy on the power play. Hud­son and Stephen Fox replied for the Is­lan­ders.

Cape Bre­ton West got their legs in the sec­ond pe­riod, but de­spite some chances, couldn’t get any closer to ty­ing the game.

In the third, Fox struck again with a snipe over the glove of Bliz­zard goal­tender Philippe Gau­dreault. With just un­der six min­utes to go, Lo­gan Chisholm poked home a loose puck to force over­time.

Chisholm com­pleted the come­back in the ex­tra frame, fir­ing a shot through a crowd that went off Gau­dreault’s glove and in the net.

Then, the cel­e­bra­tion was on for the Is­lan­ders and their fans that made the trek across the country to see their team play.

“It’s pretty crazy,” said Chisholm of Up­per Pom­quet, N.S. “Emo­tions were high and it just ended up be­ing me. It

could have been any­one in the room. I guess I just got lucky tonight.”

Is­lan­ders’ goal­tender Colten El­lis of River Denys made 43 saves in the win. Gau­dreault stopped 23 pucks in the loss.

“As a coach, I’m very proud,” said Is­lan­ders head coach Kyle MacDon­ald. “You just want to see the guys do well all year. To make that type of his­tory is just re­mark­able and you prob­a­bly

need more time to re­flect on it to re­ally un­der­stand what we’ve done.

“Right now, we’re just en­joy­ing it. It’s in­cred­i­ble.”

The Is­lan­ders ad­vanced to the fi­nal with a 2-1 win over the Cen­tral cham­pion Mis­sis­sauga Rebels on Satur­day. Cape Bre­ton West fin­ished the round robin with a 2-3 record, just reach­ing the play­off round. The Rebels bested the West cham­pion Regina Pat Cana­di­ans 4-1 for bronze.

Along with Hud­son’s award, Dy­lan Macdon­ald of the Is­lan­ders won the Esso Schol­ar­ship Award for aca­demic ex­cel­lence and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion.

It was an his­toric sea­son all around for Cape Bre­ton West. Along with their na­tional ti­tle, the team won both the Nova Sco­tia East­link Ma­jor Mid­get Hockey League and At­lantic cham­pi­onships for the first time.

The Is­lan­ders be­came only the sec­ond Cape Bre­ton team to ever medal at the tour­na­ment. The Cape Bre­ton Colonels took home a bronze medal from the

1982 event when it was known as the Air Canada Cup.

Fri­day, the club was treated to a team meal paid for by Is­lan­ders’ alum­nus An­drew MacDon­ald of the Philadel­phia Fly­ers. The team re­ceived plenty of praise on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing Sun­day’s win, in­clud­ing a shoutout from Port Hood na­tive and Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacIn­nis.

“@CBWestIs­lan­ders DID WE EX­PECT ANY­THING LESS ? #Now we’re done. Congrats boys , you made us all proud. #wethewest,” he tweeted.


The Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the 2017 Telus Cup na­tional mid­get hockey cham­pi­onship on Sun­day in Prince Ge­orge, B.C. The Is­lan­ders edged the Saint-François Bliz­zard of Que­bec 5-4 in over­time.

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