PORT HOOD: The Cape Breton West Islanders were unable to contain Dartmouth’s Steele Subaru Major Midgets last Saturday night but, come Sunday, the local guys pulled a shootout win at the expense of visiting metro.
On Saturday, Islander captain Darren Waterman (from Matthew Ellis and Dell Welton) scored midway through the first, giving the host a one-goal lead. He also scored early in the second frame, on a power play with assists going to Ellis and Daniel Gillis.
The two-goal lead didn’t last, however, as Dartmouth scored four unanswered goals (three in the third) for a 4-2 win.
Islander goalie Kenzie MacPhail faced 35 shots.
On Sunday, a four-goal second period led to the Islanders overturning a two goal Dartmouth lead from the first period. At the end of 40 minutes, the score was deadlocked at 6-6. That stalemate was solved following a scoreless third, an overtime period, and a shootout.
Waterman had four goals for the Islander, and Sam Grant had a five point game (a goal and four assists). Grant is the number four scorer in the provincial league (12 goals and 22 assists) and Waterman sits at seventh (18 goals and 14 assists).
Ellis had a goal and assist, and Matthew Raike had two helpers. Welton, Jason Johnson, Daniel LeBlanc, and Lowell MacDonald all had helpers.
Islander goalie Brandon Connors faced 41 shots.
The Islanders have now come up with a win in three of their last four games. With a record of 13-15-1, the West is fifth in the eight-team provincial league.
The Islanders’ next home games come on Sunday, January 20, with the Halifax McDonalds coming to town for a noon start. On Tuesday, January 22, the Pictou Weeks are in Port Hood for a 7:30 p.m. outing against the Isles.