PORT HOOD: It was a battle that saw over 100 shots leveled at the netminders, and Cape Breton West star Colton Ellis turned away 51 of 52 pucks to backstop the Islanders to a 5-1 win over the Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
Wolfpack goalie Max Walford deserves credit too, as he faced 54 shots during the Saturday game at Cole Harbour Place.
However, he was unable to stop Logan Chisholm and Spencer Barron, both of whom had a goal and assist; Craig Ryan, Calum MacPherson, and Malcolm MacEachern, all connecting for a goal; and Matthew MacNeil, Dylan MacDonald, and Stephen Fox, all playing set-up men.
“We were really proud of this weekend,” said coach Kyle MacDonald. “The results spoke to the depth that we have on our team. We were without two players who have a significant role on our team, with [Logan] Timmons and [Jacob] Hudson getting called up to Major Junior.
“It was probably the best game we played all year. That really speaks to the depth of our team.”
Hudson played two games with the Moncton Wildcats, and Timmons was in Val-d-‘Or for three games.
MacDonald said it was great to see two of his players visit the Major Junior level, and it’s also great to see the Islanders playing so well, especially against the best team in the provincial league.
“We were without two of our main players, but our team isn’t built around one or two guys,” he said. “Everybody chips in, and it’s nice to be part of.
“This was a great group to inherit, and they make it pretty easy on me.”
The dominant win was the Islanders’ first meeting of the season against Cole Harbour, and it was also a battle of the first and second place teams in the league. The Islanders are now 11-0 (one win via shootout) and sit three points above and beyond Cole Harbour.
This Saturday, the Islanders will host the Moncton Flyers on Saturday at 6 p.m. and, on Sunday, they host to the Miramichi Rivermen at noon. This will be the Islanders first taste of inter-league play with teams from the New Brunswick Major Midget league.