Things appear to be looking up for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets.
The locals are on a high note entering the regular season of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League for 2018-19 after sweeping their four games last weekend during the annual Early Bird Major Midget Hockey Tournament at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
It’s not as if Pictou County was always playing opposing rosters that will start the regular season, but head coach Kyle MacLennan says he likes what he’s seen so far from his charges.
“We have good speed and skill,” he said. “In years past, we’ve had to rely on work ethic, but our speed really shone through and will lead us to success this season.”
The highlight for Pictou County was a 2-1 overtime victory last Saturday over the Halifax McDonalds.
Pictou County is hosting Halifax in their regular-season opener at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday at the Wellness Centre and will host the Cole Harbour Wolf Pack at noon on Sunday.
Pictou County ended their sweep on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over the South Shore Mustangs, a team MacLennan says appeared to have improved from last season.
The hosts opened on Friday with a 5-2 triumph against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth and edged the Cape Breton West Islanders 5-4 in their other game on Saturday.
Pictou County will visit Cole Harbour on September 19 and Halifax on September 22 before their next home game on September 23 at noon against the Cape Breton Tradesmen.
MacLennan said he enjoyed having the event on home ice.
“I think it’s good for Pictou County, business-wise in terms of the hockey,” he said. “It’s a more central location. We reaped the benefits and we brought a big event to the Wellness Centre.”
Members of the Weeks Major Midgets celebrate a goal scored against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets of Dartmouth during their Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League Early Bird game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)