Spe­cial mo­ment

MacKin­non cred­its work of team­mate Voyer for set­ting up his first QMJHL goal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Nov. 13, 2015, will al­ways hold a spe­cial place to Car­son MacKin­non.

His Ri­mouski Oceanic were trail­ing 2-0 in the third pe­riod in Rouyn-No­randa when MacKin­non and Alex-Olivier Voyer, the team’s two 16-year-old rook­ies, were sent onto the ice.

The two were bat­tling with a pair of Huskie play­ers when Voyer took the puck be­hind the net.

“The guy that was cov­er­ing me fell in the cor­ner, so I was left alone in front,” MacKin­non ex­plained. “He made a very nice pass to me, which left me with a wide-open net.”

MacKin­non took care of the rest for his first Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League goal.

“It took a lot longer than I would have liked it too, but in the end it was a spe­cial mo­ment and some­thing I will never for­get,” he said.

MacKin­non, who had two goals and three as­sists in 36 games be­fore Fri­day’s con­test in Hal­i­fax, is find­ing his way through his rookie sea­son with the Oceanic.

“The big­gest ad­just­ment would be the speed and how much time you have to make a play,” said the five-foot-11, 145pound MacKin­non. “Also play­ing against grown men, I’m 16, so I’m a lit­tle bit smaller than other guys that are 20 years old, so you have to make a de­ci­sion quick.”

MacKin­non had ini­tially com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Maine. Af­ter at­tend­ing an un­der17 Hockey Canada camp, he re­al­ized he could com­pete with the top play­ers at his age level. MacKin­non at­tended Ri­mouski’s train­ing camp and af­ter adapt­ing well, he spoke with the coaches and his father John and de­cided to play ma­jor ju­nior as op­posed to re­turn­ing to Notre Dame in Wil­cox, Sask.

He said it was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion as Maine would have been a great univer­sity to at­tend.

“I feel like I need to get bet­ter ev­ery day. I feel the way to do that is to play at the top of the level I can at my age,” he said.

MacKin­non has re­cently played on a line with Tyler Boland and Alexan­dre Grise.

The Oceanic play the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders to­day at 3 p.m. at the Eastlink Cen­tre.

“I’m try­ing not to over­think it. I don’t want to go there and try and do too much,” he said. “I’m just go­ing to try and play it like an­other game.”

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