The Weeks Major Midgets have turned a bit of a corner in their last 10 games but they still have much to prove as playoffs approach, says head coach Dave MacIntyre.
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Luke Melanson guards the net in a game earlier this season. This weekend the team plays Cape Breton West and Halifax.
This Saturday the team plays Cape Breton West at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday they play the Halifax Major Midgets at 1 p.m. Both games will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Cape Breton is just three points ahead of the Weeks Midgets in the standings and bring the same type of blue collar hockey approach said MacIntyre.
Halifax is ranked second in the league and has won 19 of its 24 games.
“Every team we play is going to be stiff competition as far as I’m concerned,” MacIntyre said.
He said his team has proved they can compete though and he hopes to see their confidence grow this weekend.
“Once you play with a little bit of confidence hopefully it starts to spread,” he said. “We’ve had some good games and some good goaltending. Hopefully we can build from that and take that to the level we need it to be.”
There is another month left in the season before playoffs and MacIntyre is hoping for continued improvement.
“To be honest it’s not really important to me where we end up as far as league standings. Where I personally want to end up is the team that no one wants to play. I think we’re almost there.”
He is encouraging his players to play a hard-nosed, physical brand of hockey, but disciplined as well.
“The guys have been working very hard and buying into the game plan of what we need them to do,” he said. “We’re happy with the team effort.”