Major Midgets tie series

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PORT HOOD — The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets have served notice that they will be a hard foe for the Cape Breton West Islanders.

The Major Midgets recovered from an 8-1 thrashing by the Islanders on Saturday to defeat the Islanders 4-3 on Sunday to square their best-of-five Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League semifinal playoff series at one game each.

The third game will be on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the fourth game, if necessary, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Should a fifth game be required, it will be played on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. in Port Hood.

Gerald Blackmore’s goal in the second period cut the Islanders’ lead to 2-1 on Saturday, but they responded with four goals in the second period and two in the third to put the game out of reach.

The Major Midgets never trailed in Sunday’s game as Blackmore scored twice and assisted on Kevin Mason’s two goals.

The Islanders’ third goal came with one second left in the game.

The Major Midgets added their name to a rare list to advance to meet the Islanders.

Gavin Hart scored the winning goal in overtime as the Major Midgets defeated the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack 3-2 on March 15 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.

“Sometimes you need to get your backs against the wall,” Major Midgets head coach Kyle MacLennan said. “Once we got a bit of a taste (of victory), we opened the door.”

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 March 14 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.

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.

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.