COLE HARBOUR — The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets have added their name to a rare list.
Gavin Hart scored the winning goal in overtime as the Major Midgets defeated the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack 3-2 in the deciding game of their best-of-seven Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League quarter-final playoff series.
The win was the Major Midgets’ fourth in a row and completed their comeback after dropping the first three games of the series. The game was also the fourth in as many days so that the second round of league playoffs could commence this weekend.
The Major Midgets will face the first-place Cape Breton West Islanders in the first two games of the second playoff round on Saturday and Sunday in Port Hood.
Gerald Blackmore scored the Major Midgets’ other two goals.
Blackmore scored his first goal 13 seconds into the second period to give the Major Midgets a 1-0 lead. His second goal tied the game midway through the third period, less than two minutes after the Wolfpack took the lead.
Hart’s goal came with 3:21 left in the first overtime period.
Each team took 42 shots.
There was no confirmation on whether it’s the first time a league team has won a series after losing the first three games, but league director Jamie Murphy said it is the first time the Weeks Major Midgets have done it.
The Major Midgets’ heroics followed their series tying win on Tuesday when Riley MacInnis scored in overtime as they defeated the Wolfpack 3-2 on Tuesday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre for their third straight win to tie their best-of-seven Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League playoff series at three games each.
Gavin Hart and Jaden Mason scored late in the first period Tuesday to give the Major Midgets a 2-1 lead that stood up until the Wolfpack tied the game late in the third period.
After the Wolfpack’s three wins, the Major Midgets struck back with three wins, including a 4-1 victory on Monday in Cole Harbour.
Two goals by Kevin Mason and one by Bryce Reynolds in the second period gave the Major Midgets a 3-1 lead. Blackmore padded the lead in the third period.
The Major Midgets split their weekend home games in the series at the Wellness Centre. They suffered a 7-5 loss on Saturday but rallied for a 6-5 victory on Sunday.
“We didn’t roll over and die,” head coach Kyle MacLennan said after Sunday’s game. “I think we recognized that we had to come out and play with a lot of desperation.”
The Major Midgets got three straight goals from Hart, Blackmore and Kevin Mason and outshot the Wolfpack 19-5 in the second period to take a 5-3 lead, but Jaden Mason’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference.
The Major Midgets started well in the third period and survived a concerted attack by the Wolfpack later in the period.
Blackmore and Carson Lanceleve gave the Major Midgets an early 2-0 lead in the first period before the Wolfpack roared back to take a 3-2 lead.
Total shots on goal were 46-32 in favour of the Major Midgets.
Lanceleve gave the Major Midgets an early 1-0 lead in the first period on Saturday, but the Wolfpack led 2-1 after the period. They led 4-1 after the second period and took a 5-1 lead early in the third period before the Major Midgets rallied on two goals by Reynolds and one each by Blackmore and Evan Pettipas.
The Colts iced the game with 33 seconds left.
Riley MacInnis, left, gets a victory hug from teammate Cameron Allanby after MacInnis’s goal to give the Weeks Major Midgets a 3-2 overtime win over the Wolfpack on Tuesday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to tie their playoff series at three games each. (Goodwin photo)