Islanders move into third place

PORT HOOD: It was two games and four points for the local Major Midgets last weekend.

The Cape Breton West Islanders dropped the UPS South Shore Mustangs twice over the weekend, bringing the team into third place overall in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.

Stephen Fox led the way on Saturday for the local squad, picking up a goal and three assists in a 5-1 win. Single markers came from Fearghus MacDonald, Neil MacLean, Darren Waterman, and Ben MacLellan. Ewan MacDonald stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced.

On Sunday, Malcolm MacEachern hand a pair of goals while Draper MacLean had a pair of assists in a 5-2 victory. Also scoring were Sean Stewart, Neil MacLean, and Chase Ellis. Goalie Ryan Miller made 29 saves for the win in nets.

“We had a great weekend,” said head coach Kyle MacDonald. “Sunday would have been the fourth time in a row that we faced South Shore so we were pretty familiar with them by that point. Early in the year, it’s our focus to get better each time out on the ice. We’re finding different roles and some of our new players are fitting in very well so I was definitely impressed with our team. We understand we have our work cut out for us just like the rest of the teams.”

The Midgets sit only three points out of first place in the league. Next weekend, they have a pair of home games against the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack, who are in fourth place.

“Our guys know that we’ve got a lot of work to do this week to prepare for Cole Harbour on the weekend,” said MacDonald.

The upcoming games in Port Hood are set for 6 p.m. on October 7, then at noon on October 8.