Islanders ready for game three

PORT HOOD: The Cape Breton West Islanders will have a chance to gain ground on the Cole Harbour Wolfpack this Friday night at 7 p.m. when the two squads meet at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre.

The Islanders trail the best-of-five series 2-0, meaning the local guys are playing to extend their season. Should the Islanders win on Friday, game four will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and game five will be Sunday at noon. All remaining games are in Port Hood.

The Wolfpack are the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League regular season champs, winning 30 of their 36 starts. The Islanders finished slightly below .500, but the guys showed huge heart in their first round series – dropping the Valley Wildcats in four game.

Cole Harbour hosted the Islanders in their first game last Saturday.

Despite second period goals from Matthew Raike (from Darren Waterman) and a power play offering from Matthew Ellis (from Waterman and Neil MacLean), the Islanders were unable to garner a win. The final was 6-2.

Kenzie MacPhail was a busy man in the Islander net, as he faced 48 shots. At the other end of the ice, Cole Harbour’s Joe Chambers faced 21.

On Sunday, Lewis Taylor (from Ben MacLellan) had a second period goal for the Islanders, but Cole Harbour ended up garnering their second win in as many days. The final was 4-1.

MacPhail faced 41 shots.