County outlasts Halifax 7-5


A three-point weekend has lifted Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets’ spirits.

Pictou County followed a 4-3 overtime loss to the host Valley Wildcats on Saturday by posting a 7-5 victory over the first-place Halifax McDonalds in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League action on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

“We had games where we’ve been giving up leads, but I thought we stayed in the fight against Halifax,” Weeks head coach Kyle MacLennan said. “We’re getting closer to our goal of playing 60 minutes of hockey each game, and I think we’ve taken a step in the right direction.”

Merle Putnam’s second goal of the game proved to be the winner for Pictou County, who widened the lead to 7-4 with Devin Meagher’s empty-net goal.

Pictou County followed a scoreless first period by taking a 4-3 lead into the third period.

Ryan Green’s goal gave Pictou County a 5-3 lead.

James Harrison, Bryson Currie and Jeremiah Martin also scored for Pictou County.

Halifax outshot Pictou County 37-29, including 14-6 in the third period.

Second-period goals by Blake Kontuk, Brayden Schmitt and Lucas Canning gave Pictou County a 3-1 lead, but the Wildcats tied the game in the third period.

The results leave Pictou County in sixth place in the league standings with two wins, two losses and two overtime losses for six points, four points out of fourth place.

Pictou County will be on the road the rest of this month as they visit Steele Subaru on Saturday, the Saint John Vitos on Oct. 26 and the Fredericton Capitals on Oct. 27.

Devin Meagher, left, controls the puck in the Halifax end in their Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League game on Sunday. (Goodwin photo)