Local squad has home-and-home with Cole Harbour this weekend
NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Major Midgets are in tough this weekend to keep their three-game win streak going.
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Weeks Major Midgets forward Nathaniel Leger and Cole Harbour Wolfpack defenceman Connor Welsh race for the puck during the team’s last meeting Nov. 3 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Cole Harbour won the game 6-4.
Playing a home-and-home with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, who are currently first place team in the NSMMHL, the Weeks Midgets have lost all five games against them so far this season, most recently a 6-4 loss on Nov. 3. That said, head coach Dave MacIntyre said his team has made some significant and positive steps in the last month and believes they can win this weekend.
“Every team you play you have to – like the team we played, the Valley, the last four games – you’re basically preparing for the teams that are ahead of us and hoping to be able to show them our record is not indicative of where we are as a team,” said MacIntyre. “We know who their top players are, what we have to do defensively in our end to get better and be successful. On the same token we know what we need to do on the power play and in the offensive zone to be successful.”
Add to this weekend that Cole Harbour set a league record for consecutive wins on Wednesday, now 17 straight. The previous record was 16, set by the Halifax Titans (now McDonalds) in 2009-10. MacIntyre said the past games the Wolfpack have won doesn’t affect the way his team will play this weekend.
“No, other than the fact that we’d use it as an incentive and motivation to be the team that stops their streak and continues ours,” said MacIntyre. “As a player and hopefully passing onto other players it’s one of those things you use as more of a motivating stick to say that we want to be the team that ends their streak and keeps ours alive.
“Cole Harbour is the best team in the league right now, so what better way to send a message than to beat the best team in the league.”
Last weekend the team won their fifth game of the season. Their record and the fact they’re hosting Atlantics in April has put them under a magnifying glass so far this year, but last season when they finished their play before the Christmas break on Dec. 20 they were 7-18-2. Currently they are 5-17-1, so they aren’t far off of their start during the 2012-13 campaign.
The goal has been to continuously improve according to MacIntyre and the progression he has witnessed in recent weeks has him believing they will be where they want to be come playoff time.
“Oh yeah, 100 per cent and I think we’ve always believed it, but I think guys are starting to buy into the fact that we’re putting the first half of the season behind us and lets just work on going forward through Christmas, January and into playoffs,” he said. “We’re building towards that and trying to make the positive steps to get us in a position that we’re going to be – personally I try and tell the guys that we want to be the team that nobody wants to play against come playoff time. That’s our goal right now.
“The guys have a no-quit attitude now and are all pulling on the same rope, which is important in us being successful.”
Tonight the first half of the home-and-home with the Wolfpack is at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. Sunday the two teams meet at 11:30 a.m. in Cole Harbour.
“They are very offensive and have a lot of power up front and we just need to be aware of who we are on the ice against at all times,” he said. “If you’re on the ice against one of their leading scorers then you need to be aware of that. That also makes you a little more accountable as a player to say ‘I’m going to do my best to take the body in our end and play well defensively to give us a chance to win.’”
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