Major Midgets take stranglehold

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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets have earned a rare position.

Pictou County has three straight chances to advance to the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey league championship series after winning two straight home games last weekend against the South Shore Mustangs at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven semifinal series.

Pictou County has never trailed in the series and edged the Mustangs 3-2 in overtime on Saturday and whipped them 10-4 on Sunday to earn their commanding lead.

Ryan Green scored the overtime winner for Pictou County on Saturday.

Goals by Bryson Currie and Matthew Hunter gave Pictou County a 2-1 lead in the first period. The Mustangs tied the game in the second period.

Pictou County outshot the Mustangs 37-27, and Green scored on the only shot in overtime.

On Sunday, Pictou County already enjoyed a comfortable lead before exploding for six goals in the third period.

Kiefer Avery ended the game with three goals, while Cale MacLaughlin and Matthew Hunter each scored twice. Green added a goal and two assists, while Lucas Canning and Thomas Schnare also scored.

Shots were 39-32 for Pictou County.

Avery is in a tie for third place in the individual playoff scoring race with 13 points based on five goals and eight assists.

The Mustangs will host the fifth game on Friday, while a sixth game, if necessary will be on Saturday at the Wellness Centre starting at 4 p.m.

The winner of this series will meet the winner between the Halifax McDonalds and Cole Harbour Wolfpack for the league championship.

Teammate Merle Putnam has six goals and six assists, while Landon Sim, who missed Sunday’s game, has two goals and nine assists for 11 points.


Players react to a loose puck after a possible goal was waved off during the second period of the Weeks Major Midgets’ game with the Mustangs. (Goodwin photo)