Two wins have helped the Pictou County Weeks Major Midget stay in the top tier of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League standings.
Pictou County defeated the South Shore Mustangs 5-3 on Saturday on the road and downed the visiting Cape Breton Tradesmen 9-2 on Sunday to remain in fourth place by a narrow margin over the Halifax McDonalds.
Pictou County will visit Halifax on Saturday and the Steele Subaru Major Midgets on Sunday in their last league games before Christmas.
Riley MacInnis’s two goals completed a six-goal barrage in the second period that broke open Pictou County’s game against the Tradesmen at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. MacInnis completed his hat trick with the only goal of the third period.
Gerald Blackmore added two goals and one assist, while Gavin Hart had a goal and three assists and Carson Lanceleve recorded five assists. Bryce Reynolds, Jaden Mason and Lucas Fabijancic also scored.
Pictou County outshot Cape Breton 46-29.
Jaden Mason scored twice and Kevin Mason, Hunter Martin and Rowan Sears added one goal apiece against the Mustangs.
Pictou County scored twice in the first period and never lost the lead while outshooting the Mustangs 48-38.
There were already nine penalties assessed in the third period before another 10 penalties were assessed with four seconds left as the result of a match penalty and several fighting majors and misconduct penalties. Three local players were among those who missed Sunday’s game as a result: Kevin Mason, Evan Pettipas and Cameron Allaby.
Pictou County players occupy four of the top five spots in the scoring race.
Blackmore leads with 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points, while Lanceleve is tied for second with 38 points on 12 goals and 26 assists.
Jaden Mason with 13 goals and 22 assists and Kevin Mason with 16 goals and 19 assists are tied for fourth with 35 points apiece.
Pictou County’s other games this month will include a visit to Port Hood to play the Cape Breton West Islanders on Dec. 28 before hosting the Tradesmen again on Dec. 30.