Weeks Major Midgets lose both weekend games
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Weeks Major Midgets forward Blair Dewtie tries to block a pass by Cole Harbour Wolfpack defenceman Nicholas Bruce during Sunday’s game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Weeks Major Midgets were defeated 8-1 by the Wolfpack.
NEW GLASGOW – When you’re the team hosting the Atlantic midget hockey championship you want to be competitive and win hockey games.
The Weeks Major Midgets aren’t there yet, as they lost both games over the weekend, but they’re still focused on being positive and building towards being competitive against the best teams in the NSMMHL. Assistant coach Troy Peters said the team is doing what the coaches are teaching them in practice, but they’re struggling to carry that into games.
“If you look at both games on the weekend the biggest things that are killing us are turnovers and defensive zone coverage,” said Peters. “When we work on it in practice we move the puck quickly, we advance the puck quickly, we get the puck deep quickly and it’s never a problem. Throw them in the game against a tight checking hockey team and we just seem to panic with the puck and everyone is holding onto their sticks tight. It’s just not going well for us right now.
“At least it’s happening early in the season so we can identify the issues and work on them.”
On Saturday they lost 4-1 to the Halifax McDonalds on the road and yesterday they fell 8-1 to the Cole Harbour Wolfpack at home. Nathaniel Leger scored the lone goal in Sunday’s loss at home, while Mark Vokey scored the lone goal on Saturday.
There was obvious frustration throughout the bench in the third period as Cole Harbour padded their lead with four more goals. Peters said he can understand the frustration from their goaltenders and that their defencemen need to be better in front of the net.
“I can see from the goaltenders standpoint that our D-men are not – basically to sum up that game tonight – Cole Harbour owned the front of their net and they owned the front of our net and that’s where the game is won or lost,” he said. “We were the nicest team to play against today because we just let them have that crease area. You can go over it in practice all you want, but if you don’t want to do it in a game you’re going to get results like that. The defencemen know to take sticks and bodies in front of the net and when they’re not doing that’s not an ‘X’ and ‘O’ issue. That’s a digging deep and playing with your heart issue.”
Next weekend the Weeks Major Midgets are home for a lone game on Saturday night against the Halifax McDonalds. Peters said the team needs to have to have a good weekend to build some positivity.
“I think it’s going to take a couple of wins in a row – it’s going to take a weekend,” said Peters. “The first part of the schedule, we looked at it, and it is a tougher schedule we have. We have had Halifax, Cole Harbour and South Shore who are currently in the top three right now. They’re the only teams we’ve basically played so far. I think a good weekend will bring everyone together once they realize they can win.
“If you look at the records from both bantam teams, that tends to be something we have to overcome and the earlier we overcome the fact that they can accept losing – we’re just trying to change that mindset as well.”
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