TRENTON – Through 31 games this season Mitchell Donlevy has only started six in goal as Ben Goss was looked to as the No. 1 man in goal for the Pictou County Scotians. But now, after a recent injury to Goss, Donlevy has stepped into a larger role with the team, playing more games. He said that regardless of how much he is playing at any time he always comes prepared to play.
“Every game I go to I know in the back of my head that maybe Goss isn’t playing or might not be feeling well so I come to the rink prepared as if I am starting, so if I have to go in I’m ready to go,” he said. “I think it’s a completely different role that you have to play because when you’re in the net everyone is leaning on you and you just want to do what you can to help them out.
“I love playing so I’m trying to make the best of it and a few weeks ago we beat Antigonish to clinch a playoff spot, which was a big win.”
The Scotians may have clinched their playoff spot, but they didn’t lock down their position in the standings. Going into the weekend they were one point ahead of the Strait Pirates for second place in the Sid Rowe Division although the Pirates have a game in hand. Donlevy said the team is focused on locking down home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
“The boys like where we’re at right now and there’s a great atmosphere in the dressing room right now,” said Donlevy. “We’ve all become good friends over the year and are pretty excited right now and would like to get home ice advantage over the Pirates for the first round of the playoffs.”
This weekend the Scotians have a pair of games, Friday against Antigonish and Sunday against the Cumberland County Blues at home at 7:30 p.m.
“I think these next couple of games are pretty important to us,” said Donlevy. “We can’t really control what the Pirates are going to do, but if we can finish the season off here with some wins and a streak going into the playoffs I think we’ll be doing all right.”
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