County suffers two setbacks

Life doesn’t get any easier for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets, who suffered two weekend losses to the Dartmouth-based Steele Subaru Major Midgets in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League action.

Pictou County has become further entrenched in sixth place in the league after dropping two weekend games to Dartmouth by scores of 4-1 on Saturday in Dartmouth and 4-2 on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

“For us it’s about taking care of the little details,” Weeks head coach Kyle MacLennan said. “We have to make sure of the little things and how they influence the outcome of the game.”

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Dartmouth outshot Pictou County handily in both games and took control from the start. They outshot Pictou County 51-27 on Saturday and opened a 2-0 lead with two goals 40 seconds apart midway through the first period

Blake Kontuk narrowed the gap for Pictou County before the period ended, but Dartmouth added goals in each of the next two periods to widen the lead.

All of Sunday’s goals were scored in the first period as Dartmouth snapped an early 1-1 tie with three straight goals and ended up outshooting Pictou County 51-21.

Rowan Sears and Justin Hardie scored Pictou County’s goals.

Pictou County has been playing without three starters as they continue their regular-season schedule.

Scott Long has been out with a concussion, while Ben Williams is ill and Ryan MacLennan is injured.

Pictou County has four more games this month, starting on Friday when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellness Centre.

Other games include visiting the Islanders on December 27, hosting the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. on December 29 and visiting the Cape Breton Tradesmen on December 30.


Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets forward Carson Lanceleve is in mid-air after driving to the net for a shot on goal in the third period of their game against the visiting Steele Subaru Major Midgets on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The visitors won 4-2 to complete a weekend sweep. (Goodwin photo)

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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.