Locals win five of seven contests in month of December
NEW GLASGOW – Points haven’t been the only thing the Weeks Major Midgets gained over the last month, confidence is starting to become more of a reality.
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Weeks Major Midgets forward Evan MacLennan, left, celebrates his third period goal with Noah Archibald and Doug Barton on Sunday afternoon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Weeks defeated the Cape Breton Tradesmen 6-2 to win their fourth straight game.
The team won five of their seven games in December and is on a four-game win streak, most recently defeating the Cape Breton Tradesmen 6-2 yesterday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“It’s been incredible and it’s been huge,” said Weeks defenceman Lucas Holman. “It’s brought everybody up that extra notch, so every bounce that has been going the wrong way is now turned around and things are starting to go our way now. I think that is because of confidence. Everybody is upbeat and they give that extra push, so the extra effort is there.”
Mark Vokey led the team with a goal and three assists yesterday, good enough to put him atop the NSMMHL points standings (pending the result Halifax McDonalds game).
Cody Johnston added two goals, while Michael Stuart, Evan MacLennan and Matt Sartoris rounded out the Weeks scoring.
Cole Reginato and Sean Smith scored for the Tradesmen.
Matthew Williams made 32 saves for his fourth win of the season, while Matthew O’Rielly was handed his 13th loss of the year after making 38 saves.
Weeks led 3-0 after one period and 4-1 after two. Holman said that the team has had a better effort lately and haven’t sat back after getting leads.
“I think it’s just effort – consistent effort – and everybody is starting to work together and as hard as we can every time,” said Holman. “We’ve just been talking about how we can continue to be working as hard as we are, to not put our heads down and never say die.”
Earlier in the weekend the team defeated the Cape Breton West Islanders 5-2 on the road. After six days off, albeit not a long break, the team was a little sluggish in warmup, but settled into the game afterwards according to Holman.
“I think we were pretty good and warmup got everything out of us before the game,” he said. “During the game we stepped it up and nobody was too sluggish, which was good to see.”
Luke Melanson made 33 saves for his fifth win of the season, while Daniel Liengme made 21 saves in the loss.
Vokey and Johnston each had a pair, while Stuart notched a single tally.
Randon MacKinnon and Joshua Stewart scored for the Islanders.
Their next game is Saturday on the road against the Cole Harbour Wolfpack before returning home to host the Tradesmen on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Holman said to keep things moving in the direction they are that they need to work on bringing their consistent effort and keep applying offensive pressure to their opponents.
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