Pictou County squad off to East Coast Ice Jam this weekend
NEW GLASGOW – One minute, two goals.
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Weeks Major Midgets forward Jared Livingstone looks to tap the rebound from Mark Vokey’s shot past Logan Cooke during the second period of their meeting with the Cape Breton Tradesmen yesterday at the Wellness Centre. Weeks won the game 3-2 with two late power play goals in the third period.
That was the difference between getting two points, one or none over the weekend for the Weeks Major Midgets.
A 1-1 game going into the third, the Cape Breton Tradesmen took a 2-1 lead over the Weeks Major Midgets with 12:39 remaining in the third period yesterday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“It wasn’t really good, but we knew we couldn’t give up and we knew we had time,” Noah Archibald said about the atmosphere on the bench after the Trademen goal. “We just dug in and got that first one from Lane and kept going to get another one to get it.”
With 2:20 remaining Quinn Maeshall took a four-minute penalty for head contact. Weeks head coach Dave MacIntyre called a timeout to set up the final power play for his team.
“He said we need to get guys out front, we need to get pucks on net and just need to find a way,” said Archibald. “He believed in us and knew we could get one and we did.”
Lane Cormier scored 16 seconds into the first minute of the four-minute minor with a shot to the right of Logan Cooke from the faceoff circle before Lucas Holman’s point shot found a way through a crowd with 1:09 remaining in regulation to give them a 3-2 lead, which they held onto.
Mark Vokey also scored for Weeks, while Daniel Reid had the first Tradesmen goal.
Matthew Williams made 23 saves for the win, while the loss went to Cooke with 28 saves.
Just a week earlier they defeated the same team 7-1. Archibald said they were overconfident going into this week’s game.
“Today I think we showed up kind of overconfident and we thought we were just going to come in and steamroll them,” said Archibald. “We kind of showed that in the first two periods, but in the third we dug in and found a way to win.”
Saturday their four-game win streak was snapped by the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, losing 4-1 in their eighth meeting with Cole Harbour this season.
“We came out in that game and didn’t have a great start,” he said. “We dominated them in the second period, but then we just let is slip away in the third.”
Cody Johnston scored the lone goal for Weeks in the second period, while Luke Melanson made 31 saves in the loss.
Johnston’s goal cut the Wolfpack lead to 2-1 in the second. They allowed Cole Harbour to score a pair of goals in both the first and third periods in the loss.
This weekend the Weeks Major Midgets are in Halifax for the East Coast Ice Jam. Their first game of the tournament is Thursday at 3 p.m. against the Saint John Vitos.
“That (the tournament) will be really important because it will give us a chance to show every team that we want to be the team to beat,” he said. “That’s what Dave has been saying is that we want to be the team to beat and that will give us a chance to show that.”
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