Local Major Midgets hold fourth spot


The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue to hold their own in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.

Pictou County entered this week in fourth place in the league standings following weekend action that included visiting the first-place South Shore Mustangs on Saturday and Sunday.

Lucas Canning’s second goal of the game gave Pictou County a 5-4 victory over the Mustangs on Sunday.

Sam Archibald’s second goal of the game gave Pictou County a brief 4-3 lead in the third period,

Riley MacKinnon scored Pictou County first goal in the first period.

Pictou County had all three shots in overtime and outshot the Mustangs 42-38

The Mustangs won 6-4 on Saturday, despite being outshot 45-30.

Canning, Archibald, Landon Sim and Merle Putnam scored Pictou County’s goals.

Pictou County ended their December schedule by splitting their two home games on December 28 and 29.

The Sydney Rush topped Pictou County 5-3 in the first game, while Pictou County rebounded with a 5-1 victory over the Steele Subaru Major Midgets of Dartmouth.

There was also a trip to Port Hood on December 27, where the host Cape Breton West Islanders edged Pictou County 4-3 in overtime.

Cole MacLaughlin, Canning and Archibald scored for Pictou County against Sydney, who clinched the win with an empty-net goal with three seconds left in the third period.

Pictou County outshot Sydney 37-25.

Sim’s two goals led a four-goal explosion in the second period for Pictou County against Dartmouth.

Putnam, Archibald and Kiefer Avery got the other goals for Pictou County, who enjoyed a 34-31 edge in shots.

Two goals by Canning and one by MacLaughlin gave Pictou County a 3-2 lead entering the third period before the Islanders tied the game and then won it 36 seconds into overtime.

Putnam is seventh in the league and leads Pictou County in points with 19 goals and 18 assists.

Canning is second in the league and leads Pictou County in goals with 24 to go with six assists.

Pictou County is away to the annual Ice Jam tournament in Bedford this week and will resume the regular season by hosting the Islanders on January 18.

Logan Prosper, a member of the Cape Breton West Islanders Midget As, drops the puck to usher in a Major Midget game on December 27 at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre. Prosper was the victim of racial slurs during a hockey game in early December and, following that, an outpouring of support came forward for the young man. Standing with Prosper are long-time minor hockey coach Martin Bernard (left) and Islander President Brian MacInnis. Taking the face off are Pictou County captain Tanner Greatorex (left) and Islander Calvin Denny. (Photo by Grant McDaniel, The Reporter)