McDonalds move to 2-0 at midget Atlantics

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The Halifax McDonalds improved to 2-0 after a 5-0 whitewashing of the Saint John Vitos.

Halifax McDonalds goalie Reilly Pickard looks for the puck through a crowd during Friday morning action against the Saint John Vitos at the Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championship in New Glasgow.

Barrett Dachyshyn scored off a scramble in close to give the Nova Scotia champions a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Halifax went up 2-0 when Justin Doiron wired home a wrister from the slot at 9:34 of the middle session.

Shortly after Doiron’s goal, Saint John gained a four-minute power play. But Halifax netminder Reilly Pickard made a clutch save near the end of the extended man-advantage opportunity.

The McDonalds rewarded their goalie with another goal when Luc Poirier scored with 2:45 left in the second stanza. Halifax took a 4-0 lead on Dillon Boucher’s power-play marker at 1:13 of the third period.

Shawn Hubley’s one-timer gave Halifax a five-goal cushion just 32 seconds later. Tyler Copeland, Saint John’s player of the game, fired one off the post with just under eight minutes remaining.

But that was the only time the Vitos beat Pickard (27 saves) in the final frame. Hubley got the nod as Halifax’s player of the game.

Ethan Marsh tallied two assists for the winners. Krystian Matthews stopped 30 shots in the losing effort.

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