Weeks Midgets open with back-to-back wins

Christopher Cameron
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NEW GLASGOW – Matthew Williams last start in goal for the Weeks Major Midgets was Jan. 19, but based on his performance on Friday you wouldn’t know it. 

Weeks Major Midgets goalie Matthew Williams covers the puck as Central IcePak forward Adam Dawe looks for a rebound during Friday afternoon action at the Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championships being played at the Wellness Centre. Weeks defeated Central 3-1 in the game. Their game at 8 p.m. against Halifax was not completed before press time. 

Williams backstopped Weeks (2-0) to a 3-1 victory over the Central IcePak (0-2) during afternoon action at the Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championships being played at the Wellness Centre.

He made 39 stops, while Mark Vokey led the team offensively with a goal and an assist.

Graham Oldford had the lone goal for Central with Noah Weir turning aside 24 Weeks shots in the loss.

Nathaniel Leger opened the scoring for the hosts with 2:31 remaining in the first period. Going to the net Leger found the puck on his stick after Weir gave up a rebound on Noah Archibald’s shot. With half the net open he slid it home.

“I just drove the net, it happened to land in front of me and I just tapped it in,” said Leger. “It was really exciting because I missed an opportunity yesterday, so I just wanted to make the best of it this time.”

At the 8:52 mark of the third Lane Cormier made it 2-0 for Weeks, 35 seconds after they killed Lucas Rushton’s head contact penalty.

Matt Oldfield cut the lead in half with seven minutes remaining in the game, but 1:42 later he took a hooking penalty to send Weeks to the power play.

Unable to do so, Central started to press offensively, meaning Williams had to shine. He had no problem standing up to the task, stopping multiple shots point-blank, but the best was with just over two minutes remaining kicked the puck out with his skate.

“I was just trying to get my leg out because I didn’t think the shooter would have time to go upstairs, so I just stuck my leg out,” he said. “It was a bit of luck and a bit of skill I guess.”

After icing the puck with 1:03 left in the game, Central pulled Weir and the faceoff came to the left of Williams. Weeks was able to keep the IcePak from scoring as Vokey made their victory a lock, scoring an empty-net goal from Pictou County’s end.

“I just wanted to come out and keep them in it,” said Williams. “We played well enough and got the win.”

With so much time off since he last played, only getting 18 minutes on Feb. 12, Williams said he felt he had a great effort. He said he didn’t feel he was fighting the puck and wasn’t fatigued.

“I get nervous before every game, but especially that game because it was probably the biggest game of midget I’ve played,” said Williams. “Honestly that first five saves at the start when they just kept firing it (took away the nerves). After that I knew I was into it.”

Weeks take on the Halifax McDonalds in the late game. For a full story visit ngnews.ca.

Organizations: Wellness Centre

Geographic location: Pictou County

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