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Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets have Satur­day home opener against Wolf­pack

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

The Pic­tou County Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets will look for a bounce-back against the Cole Har­bour Wolf­pack on Satur­day.

The Ma­jor Mid­gets will hold their reg­u­lar sea­son home opener at the Pic­tou County Well­ness Cen­tre, start­ing at 6:30 p.m.

Against the Hal­i­fax McDon­alds on Wed­nes­day in their league sea­son-opener, Pic­tou County lost 3-2 in over­time. Car­son Lanceleve and Ma­son Haw­ley had the Pic­tou County goals and net­min­der An­drew MacLeod kept his team in the game with 38 stops.

Lanceleve is wear­ing the cap­tain’s C this year, with his as­sis­tant be­ing Rowan Sears, Ryan MacLen­nan and Oliver Schnare.

“I was very ex­cited to be awarded cap­tain of this team, with a first class or­ga­ni­za­tion with the his­tory and pride this team has, it was a true hon­our to be named cap­tain,” said Lanceleve, a Stewiacke na­tive who col­lected 54 points last sea­son (16G, 38A).

“Some­thing I’ve strived for my en­tire hockey ca­reer is to be cap­tain. I’m very ex­cited to be a part of this team, and we have a lot of po­ten­tial to be a great team.”

Head coach Kyle MacLen­nan said of­fen­sive play­ers like G Black­more (Monc­ton Wild­cats) and Kevin Ma­son (Ju­nior A Crush­ers) won’t be eas­ily re­placed, but he likes his group’s will­ing­ness to put in the work.

“So far, I’m highly ex­cited about the over­all at­ti­tude of our group,” MacLen­nan said ear­lier in the week. “They’re real pro­fes­sional, and ea­ger to learn and com­pete. And that’s the first step — if there’s a good cul­ture, a good en­vi­ron­ment, we’re go­ing to get bet­ter.”

The Ma­jor Mid­gets had a mem­o­rable post-sea­son run last March: they were down three games to none to Cole Har­bour in the first round of the Nova Sco­tia Ma­jor Mid­get Hockey League play­offs, but won four games in four nights to stun the Wolf­pack.

Pic­tou County would be elim­i­nated in the next round against the Cape Bre­ton West Is­landers, but not be­fore win­ning a game against the team that, a few weeks later, would win a na­tional ti­tle.

“We con­sider last year’s play­off run a suc­cess,” said MacLen­nan, a vet­eran blue­liner with the Weeks pro­gram.

“Ob­vi­ously com­ing back from a 3-0 se­ries deficit is a huge ac­com­plish­ment in it­self, but the fact that we were able to take a game from the Telus Cup cham­pi­ons to me, is just as big of an ac­com­plish­ment as the come­back. There’s a lot of new faces in the room this year and even though it’s early in the year, I can tell we’re re­ally start­ing to gel to­gether al­ready, which is go­ing to help trans­late to suc­cess on the ice.”

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

From left are Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets al­ter­nate cap­tains Ryan MacLen­nan, Oliver Schnare, Rowan Sears and team cap­tain Car­son Lanceleve.

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