A milestone win for the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets has given the team a lift and raised its expectations.
Head coach Kyle MacLennan said he was pleased with the way Pictou County played on Sunday en route to a 5-1 victory over the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“It’s nice to see us take a step forward,” he said. “We competed well on the puck and without it. It’s nice to see all the guys contributing.”
MacLennan said he’s noticed how the team has played recently despite their seventh-place standing and the fact that the roster contains 13 first-year players and just one third-year player.
“We’ve been maturing in the last couple of weeks,” he said. “It was our only game last weekend so we understood we had to go the full 60 minutes. We approach every game the same. We want to beat every team we play.”
The locals more than won the game. They dominated their opponents, outshooting them in every period and ending with a 37-23 edge.
After a scoreless first period, Pictou County took a 3-0 lead on two goals by Merle Putnam and one by Connor MacLeod shorthanded.
Dartmouth’s only goal was answered by Jacob Melanson and Ben Fraser for Pictou County.
Weeks Hockey Organization spokesman Tony Conway noted how close the team is hitting its stride.
“Good game for sure,” he said, regarding Sunday’s win. “We are young and to start the season with six games against the two best teams is tough.”
The results leave Pictou County at 3-8 and just one point ahead of the last-place Cape Breton Tradesmen, who will host Pictou County for games on Saturday and Sunday.
Melanson continues to lead Pictou County’s offence with seven goals and five assists in 11 games.
Members of the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets converge on their goal to thwart a scoring attempt for Steele Subaru Major Midgets. (Goodwin photo)