PORT HOOD: The Cape Breton West Islanders, who host the Pictou Weeks Midgets tomorrow (Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m.), are still the number one team in the provincial Major Midget league following a pair of road trip wins.
The Islanders dropped the Valley Wildcats 3-1 on Saturday and dropped the Steele Subaru Major Midgets 3-2 on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Wildcats scored in the first period to give the hosts a one-goal lead going into the second. In the second, Captain Darren Waterman (from Sam Grant and Dell Welton) tied the game with 4:45 played.
Waterman had the game winner with 1:21 left in the third, with Welton and Matthew Ellis managing helpers. Matthew Raike (from Brant Timmons and Dave Matthews) had an insurance goal with 15 seconds left.
Goalie Brandon Connors faced 30 shots for the Islanders, who were outshot 30-23.
The Sunday game saw Dartmouth connect for two goals in the final frame, while outshooting the Islanders 13-6. Islander goalie Kenzie MacPhail faced 34 shots, with Dartmouth’s Jonathan Pickrem facing 24 shots.
Matthews managed two goals for the Islanders, one in the first and one in the second. Neil MacLean (shorthanded) had the game winner with 5:47 left in the third. Managing assists were Raike, Ellis, MacPhail, Welton, and Daniel Gillis.
A number of Islanders have been doing very well in terms of individual stats.
Grant (four goals and seven assists for 11 points), Waterman (six goals and four assists for 10 points), and Ellis (four goals and six assists for 10 points) are the number one, two, and three men in league scoring.
With them, Raike (five goals and two assists for seven points) and Welton (one goal and six assists for seven points) are tied at ninth place in league scoring.
Rookie goalie MacPhail is also having a great year, with the best save percentage (.927) in the league. Backstop Connors also has a mean save percentage (.909), the seventh best of all Major Midget goalies.
The Islanders host Pictou (1-6) on Thursday, but their next home game after that comes on the weekend of October 27. That Saturday (at 6 p.m.) and Sunday (at noon), the Halifax McDonalds will be on the ice.