Islanders nearing end of season

Islander Neil MacLean looks to have let his stick get a little too close to the skates of Pictou Scotia Justin Hardie just after Hardie entered the Islander zone. Backing up MacLean is fellow Islander Sean Stewart.

PORT HOOD: Led by a three-point night by Fearghus MacDonald, the Cape Breton West Islanders (23-6-1-1) pulled a dominant 6-0 win last Wednesday night when hosting the Pictou Weeks Major Midgets (9-22-2-1).

“It was a good, complete 60 minute effort,” said coach Kyle MacDonald, chatting to The Reporter the day after the big win.

“We probably didn’t see Pictou’s best, but at the same time we didn’t give them any opportunity to get back in the game. We were good defensively, won a lot of battles, and kind of sucked the life out of them with our effort.”

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Cape Breton West also played in Dartmouth last Sunday, losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Steele Subaru Major Midgets (28-6-1-0). The Islanders now have five games to be played before the end of the regular season. Two home games remain on the schedule, and both are against the Cape Breton Tradesmen (11-19-2-0).

“We just want to be playing our best down the stretch, because you can’t flick the switch the first week of playoffs and say, okay, we’re going to play our best now,” MacDonald said. “We started playing playoff hockey last night [Wednesday, January 31].

“We want to get a little better each time out.”

Last Wednesday’s game saw the Islanders outshot their visitors 45-21. The Islanders had two goals by the end of the first, added an additional three in the second, and popped another in the third.

As mentioned earlier, Fearghus MacDonald scored twice and added a helper to lead Islander scoring. MacDonald is the number one set-up man in the league, as he has 30 helpers in 30 games.

With him, both Stephen Fox and Jack Morris had three-point games, as both guys managed three assists each. Fox leads both the league’s overall point total (64) and most goals in the league (38).

Sean Stewart had a pair of goals, and Calum MacPherson had a goal and an assist. Darren Waterman also scored, and managing helpers were Malcolm MacEachern, Dell Welton, Graham MacDonald, and Chase Ellis.

Goalie Ewan MacDonald stopped 21 shots for his first shutout of the season.

In Sunday’s game, MacDonald faced 36 shot. Dartmouth’s Stewart Bagnell faced 25. Sam Grant had the Islander goal in the second period. He was set up by Ben MacLellan and Ellis.

The Islanders were scheduled to play last Thursday night in Port Hood, but the game was postponed due to exams. The makeup date is yet to be decided.

The next time the Islanders will play on home ice will be tomorrow (February 8) at 7 p.m.

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Grant McDaniel
Sports reporter Grant McDaniel is a Port Hood native, who after graduating from StFX University, joined The Reporter in 2001.