NEW GLASGOW – Going into the weekend the closest the Weeks Major Midgets had come to beating Cole Harbour in their first three meetings was four goals. They didn’t quite get the wins they were looking for, but came close.
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Weeks Major Midget forward Mark Vokey makes contact with Cole Harbour Wolfpack goaltender Rowan O’Brien during Sunday’s game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Vokey was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Cole Harbour defeated the Weeks Major Midgets 6-4.
Saturday on the road they fell 4-3 before losing 6-4 at home yesterday.
In Saturday’s loss Cody Johnston, Connor MacLaughlin and Lane Cormier scored for the Weeks Major Midgets, while Liam Rappoldt, Cooper Boyd, Nicholas Bruce and Ryan Yould answered for the Wolfpack.
Luke Melanson made 27 saves in the loss, with Mark Grametbauer stopping 46 in the win.
“I thought we had a better weekend than recent weeks and felt we definitely could’ve won our game on Saturday,” said Weeks Major Midgets’ head coach Dave MacIntyre. “It was good to have Lane back in the lineup for sure, but we had a positive effort all weekend. All our guys played well and we deserved a better result in both games.”
Yesterday Cole Harbour opened the scoring, but with goals from Evan MacLennan and Lane Cormier they had their first lead of the weekend. The Wolfpack scored one more to tie the game 2-2 after the first period.
Cormier scored his second of the game just 2:05 into the frame on the power play to give Weeks their second lead of the game, but Connor Peveril answered for Cole Harbour just over a minute later.
Again Cormier scored on the power play at 7:45 to take the lead again, but Connor Welsh and Brendan Humphreys scored before the end of the second to take a 5-4 lead into the intermission.
Matthew Berrigan scored his second of the game for Cole Harbour at the 7:55 mark of the third, where the game would finish.
Melanson was tagged with the loss, making 39 saves.
Rowan O’Brien made 15 saves to start the game, but left the game with 1:47 remaining in the second period after Mark Vokey collided with him. Vokey received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct on the play.
Grametbauer finished the game making 12 saves.
After the game MacIntyre commented on the collision between Vokey and O’Brien.
I’m not sure why he did that, but it was definitely uncalled for. Dave MacIntyre - Weeks head coah
“The Vokey penalty was one of the worst charges on a goalie that I’ve seen playing or coaching and I thought it was uncalled for, for sure,” said MacIntyre. “I’m not sure why he did that, but it was definitely uncalled for.”
Assistant captain, Johnston, didn’t comment on the hit, but talked about the group’s overall lack of discipline in yesterday’s game. He said being in the box hurts them too much.
“We know we need to stay disciplined with the selfish penalties and we know that they didn’t take the undisciplined penalties like we did and that’s what cost us,” he said. “We need to work on that really bad heading into next weekend.”
He added that they also struggled to keep pressure on Cole Harbour right after they scored, which didn’t allow them to gain much momentum.
“We came out hard, but once we score a goal we need to have the same push back,” he said. “They scored pretty well every one of their goals right after we scored, so we just need to have the same push back. We haven’t been having it – just getting the pucks out and doing the little things that we haven’t been doing.
“We got a little too comfortable and they came back and they wanted it. They had the push back and we didn’t.”
Next weekend the Weeks Major Midgets play a home-and-home series with the Cape Brenton West Islanders. Their home game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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