The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets are trying to close their regular season strong.
Pictou County has a good chance to do so with a series of games against teams below them in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League schedule.
The list includes their 6-1 victory over the Cape Breton West Islanders last Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and will include a home game next Saturday starting at 7 p.m. against the Sydney Rush.
Neither Cape Breton team can be taken lightly by Pictou County, whose win over the Islanders avenged their 4-3 loss to them on December 27 in Port Hood.
Pictou County’s last meeting with Sydney was a 5-3 home-ice loss on December 28. Cape Breton took an early 1-0 lead, but Pictou County led 3-1 after the first period, then added a single in the second and two goals in the third.
Bryson Currie scored twice to lead the attack, while Brayden Schmidt, Devin Meagher and Merle Putnam added the other goals for Pictou County, who outshot the Islanders 41-26.
“Cape Breton West is trying to climb up the standings like every team,” Weeks assistant coach Clary Melanson said. “We’ve been putting some good games together since the first of the year. If we continue to improve, good things will happen.”
Pictou County’s remaining regular-season games include visiting the Steele Subaru Major Midgets on Sunday in Dartmouth before a home-and-home series with the Islanders starting on February 1 at home and on February 2 on the road.
Another game must be played in Berwick against the Valley Wildcats after their scheduled game on Sunday was postponed due to the snowstorm.
The results leave Pictou County in fourth place — three points behind the Cole Harbour Wolfpack and six points ahead of Dartmouth — and with a chance to move up a rung or two in the standings.
Putnam, Lucas Canning and Landon Sim continue to lead Pictou County’s offence.
Putnam entered this week with 39 points based on 20 goals and 19 assists, while Canning has 24 goals and eight assists and Sim has nine goals and 21 assists.
Meanwhile, Pictou County has welcomed the services of Bhreagh MacMillan as their trainer for the rest of the season.
MacMillan is joining the team as a means of learning about training duties for hockey, as opposed to football. She has an environmental science degree in human biology from Mount Allison University and has been a trainer with the university’s football team for two and a half years.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I don’t know a whole lot about hockey. I’ve worked with other teams besides football, as well as physiotherapy. I love sports and I love working with people so this seemed like the perfect fit.”
MacMillan played basketball, mainly at Pictou Academy before she graduated, and played spring league basketball.
“She’s a big asset,” Melanson said. “We’ve been looking for someone in that role, so we’re more than happy to have someone like her on board.”
Bhreagh MacMillan gathers first aid items before the Weeks Major Midgets’ hockey game on Saturday. (Goodwin photo)