Islanders rebound from tough Saturday

Sam Grant and Darren Waterman bolt into the Halifax end.

PORT HOOD: It was a bad game followed by a much better one.

The Cape Breton West Islanders dropped their Saturday home game against the Halifax McDonalds 10-2.

Darren Waterman and Brant Timmons (with an assist as well) supplied the goals for the home team. Timmons received the team’s Reggie Dunlop player of the game award. (Dunlop was the head coach of the Charlestown Chiefs in the movie Slap Shot.) Jason Johnson, Jason Beaton, and Lowell MacDonald all had helpers.

On Sunday, the Islanders bounced back and dropped the McDonalds 5-4 in overtime.

“We kept things simple and we worked,” said head coach Nick MacNeil. “We got outworked [on Saturday]. You never want to see that. The guys had a good response [on Sunday]. They burried their chances. We worked together as a team in all three zones and we were ready to go from puck drop today [Sunday].”

MacNeil said it’s never easy coming away with two points when playing one of the Metro teams.

“We’ve got good leadership in the room,” he said. “They really care.”

On Sunday, Sam Grant (from Lewis Taylor and Dell Welton) had the overtime winner. Also helping the Islanders along was a two-goal second period by Neil MacLean (who also managed a helper). Taylor (from Ben MacLellan and Dave Matthews) popped a goal in the first frame, and also scoring in the second was Brant Timmons (from Neil MacLean and Matthew Ellis). Both teams had three power play goals.

Assisting twice-over on MacLean’s goals was Grant, and a helper also came from Blake Hadley’s skills.

Islander Kenzie MacPhail backstopped the home team, and he faced 35 shots in the process. The Islanders outshot Halifax 39-35.

The Islanders will visit the Cape Breton Tradesmen on November 7. On the weekend of November 10, with the Valley Wildcats visit the Al MacInnis Sports Centre on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at noon.