PICTOU – This weekend the Pictou Maripacs midget B team has the opportunity to three-peat as provincial champions.
In their 2010-11 season the Maripacs defeated TASA in Glace Bay for gold and then followed that withan overtime win during the 2011-12 season at home against Canso.
This year, as the top team out of the region, the Maripacs hope to stick to their winning ways at provincials being hosted in Canning.
The coaching staff believes it’s the strong defensive play and early development through the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association that has allowed their midget team to be so successful and hope that carries them through this weekend.
They kicked off the tournament on Friday with a 4-2 win against Clare and then played Eastern Shore. They will wrap it up with games today at 8:30 a.m. against the host Acadia team and their county rival Westville Miners. Pending results from the round-robin play the Maripacs could be in the championships game, which is Sunday.
“The only teams we’ve seen out of these teams are Eastern Shore and Westville, so we have a good idea how we match up against them,” said assistant coach Randy Sullivan. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make provincials and now that we’re here we want to win it and three-peat.”
The team also has five players that have been with the team for all three years of midget hockey and hope to win three titles: captain Justin Cameron, alternate Brandon Scanlan, alternate Jethro Gunn, alternate Blake Robertson and David Heighton.
“We have 10 returning players from last year so we have some experience at the provincial level,” said Sullivan. “I always say that with a little help from the hockey gods and the kids playing hard that we can be successful.”