PICTOU: The Cape Breton West Islanders currently lead their best-of-five championship series with the Dartmouth Major Midgets 1-0.
The Islanders used a five-goal first period to pave the way to a 6-1 victory last night (Tuesday, March 21) at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre. Game two takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in Port Hood.
The Islanders set the tone early, scoring three quick goals in the first five minutes of the game. Spencer Barron (from Jack Morris and Keenan Gillis), Logan Chisholm (from Jacob Hudson and Stephen Fox), and Logan Timmons (from Gillis and Barron) all put the puck in the net, necessitating a change in goalies for Dartmouth at 4:48. Dartmouth goalie Nolan Boyd came in to replace starter Stewart Bagnell, who returned to the ice later in the period.
Once Bagnell returned, Logan Chisholm (from Hudson and Fox) and Malcolm MacEachern (from Jacob Stewart and Calum MacPherson) found the back of the net to make it 5-0.
Going with Bagnell instead of Boyd was an interesting call, as rookie Boyd is the league’s top performing goalie in playoffs, managing a goals against average of 1.21 and a save percentage of .946. He also has a 4-0 record.
Bagnell, also a rookie, has had solid numbers as well. Of Dartmouth’s two goalies, he had a slightly better regular season, with a goals against average of 2.33 as opposed to Boyd’s 2.73.
The second period saw Dartmouth come closer to getting on the scoreboard, but Islander Colten Ellis turned away all shots.
Midway through the third, Dartmouth’s Ozzie King broke Ellis’ shutout. With 7:37 left in the game, Hudson (from Chisholm and Fox) rounded out the Islander scoring. The Islanders outshot Dartmouth 39-22.