PORT HOOD: The Islanders are picking up steam.

The Cape Breton West Islanders stayed in the win column over the weekend, with a pair of victories over the UPS Store South Shore Mustangs.

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Islander Stephen Fox Mustang Brendan Amiro battle for position.

On Saturday night, the Islanders needed a shootout to seal the win after regulation and overtime ended in a 3-3 tie. Darren Waterman opened the scoring for the Islanders, with assists coming from Chase Ellis and Jack Morris. Stephen Fox gave the lead back to the Islanders after the Mustangs tied it up early in the second, and then he struck again before the visitors tied it up again late in the second.

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Islander assistant coach Kyle Gillis (left) and equipment manager Dan MacDonald unveil the 2017 Atlantic Midget Hockey Championship banner and the 2017 provincial banner.

No goals in the third led to overtime and the shootout win for home team, which peppered the Mustangs net with 48 shots and allowed 37 on net minder Ryan Miller.

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South Shore player Zen Wiest battles Islander goalie Ryan Miller and Graham MacDonald.

On Sunday, Chase Ellis opened the scoring, with assists from Malcolm MacEachern and Dell Welton. Callum MacPherson added a powerplay marker, with assists from Fearghus MacDonald and Draper MacLean, and Fox added what proved to be the winner, with Waterman getting the assist.

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Backed by Islander corporate sponsors and local dignitaries, Janette MacDonald (representing sponsor Albert MacDonald Construction) dropped the puck to usher in the 2017-18 Cape Breton West Islander season. The puck was dropped last Saturday night and taking the faceoff were South Shore captain Kayden Nickerson and Islander captain Liam MacKinnon.

Goalie Ewan MacDonald faced 17 shots while the Islanders threw 45 at the Mustangs net.

Coach Kyle MacDonald said there was good and bad over the weekend, noting he feels the teams isn’t as organized as they’d like.

“But it’s early in the year,” he said.

“Sunday was better. We were more organized. It was a close game. I thought we controlled a lot of the game. We missed a few scoring opportunities that could have put the game away a little bit earlier. We still played a great game and got the result we were looking for.”

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Matthew Ellis and the Islanders scored a pair of one-goal wins last weekend against the South Shore Mustangs.

With four games played this season, the Islanders sit third in their league. MacDonald said the team is coming together and they have plenty of talent in the dressing room.

“I think some of the younger guys are not used to the way we play yet,” he said.

“We want to make sure that everybody buys into what we do here at Cape Breton West. We pride ourselves on being a hard team to play against and we want to make sure that these guys continue to buy into that identity we have. I think after Christmas we’ll be hard team to play against and one of the top teams in the league hopefully.”

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Stephen Fox had two goals on Saturday night and one on Sunday afternoon during weekend play for the Major Midget Islanders.