Ma­jor Midgets off to Monc­to­nian

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS -

WESTVILLE ROAD – Maybe a trip out of Nova Sco­tia will cure what is ail­ing the Pic­tou County Weeks Ma­jor Midgets.

The lo­cal club, which has dropped six of seven Nova Sco­tia Ma­jor Midget Hockey League games, will take part in the an­nual Monc­to­nian Tour­na­ment in New Brunswick this week­end.

“It can take you away from the fo­cus on the league and al­low teams to fo­cus on some short­term goals in a tour­na­ment struc­ture,” said Weeks head coach Kyle Ma­cLen­nan.

“I think it’s good for everybody.”

The round robin tour­na­ment at­tracts Ma­jor Midget and Ma­jor Ban­tam teams from the At­lantic prov­inces, On­tario and Que­bec.

Scouts from ma­jor ju­nior as well as Cana­dian and U.S. uni­ver­si­ties also take in the show­case tour­na­ment.

The first game for Pic­tou County is Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m. against the Saint John Vi­tos.

On Fri­day they play Col­lege Clare­tain Graal (Que­bec) and Satur­day against the U17 team at On­tario Hockey Academy. Ma­cLen­nan said it’s im­por­tant for play­ers to block out all those scouts in the stands – as much as pos­si­ble.

“It’s a show­case – and yeah, I get it, everybody on the ros­ter wants to look good – but if you get caught up in that, it can take away from your game.”

He added that his club, in spite of the record of late, is still up­beat.

“We’d rather learn lessons like this in Novem­ber.

“There is still a good morale, a good en­ergy with our team.”

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