The BMO Western Hurricane continued their winning ways over this past weekend to open an eleven point lead over second place ACCEL Hawks; but, the competition below them is tightening up as all teams vie for play-off positioning.
The ACCEL Hawks are in a battle for second with the surging Bedford Barons and Kings Mutual Wildcats moving within one and two points respectfully of the Hawks and the Bubba Rays Gulls only out by three. At the other end of the spectrum, the revitalized Truro Bearcats, the Scotsburn Crushers and the MCK Ice Dawgs are trying to avoid the league doghouse and are within one point of each other. Things could get interesting down the final stretch as all teams get themselves ready for the playoffs.
Weekend in review
BMO Western Hurricane 5, 4 vs Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm 1, 2: In a home and home series, the Hurricane opened with a 5-1 win at Queen's Memorial Arena on Saturday. The Hurricane took a 2-1 lead into the third period and added three more in the third to secure the 5-1 win. The Storms Layton Parsons opened the scoring in the first and Matt Quigley, Jordan Messenger, Christopher Goreham, Scott Perry and Hunter Hurlburt provided a balanced scoring attack for the Hurricane. Sunday's game in the Storm's home rink was a lot closer and again a four fifferent players scored for the Hurricane on route to a 4-2 win. Scoring for the Western team was handled by Matt Quigley, Scott Perry, Isaac Bridge and Jordan Messenger. Tyler Malcolm and Nick Fairbairn found the net for Pro Hockey Life.
Newbridge Academy Senators 0, 1 vs Kings Mutual Wildcats 4, 6: The Wildcats hosted the Senators for two game at the Kings Mutual Century Center in Berwick on Saturday and Sunday. In Saturday's game, Michael Dill had two goals and and assist and MaKail Parker added a goal and two assists in support of Colin Beckwith's shut out goaltending. Eli Hughes completed the Wildcats score card. In Sunday's 6-1 win, MaKail Parker, Ryan Parker and Eli Hughes each scored a pair for the King's team with Justin MacLellan getting the lone marker for the Senators.
Nova Jr. X Men 3 vs Truro Bearcats 6: The Truro Bearcats continue their solid play in 2012 as they hosted the X Men on Saturday at Colchester Legion Stadium. Bradley Gallant fired two goals and two assists with Michael Stuart adding two goals and an assist leading the Bearcats to the win. Curtis Smith and Quinn Fullerton chipped in with one each for Truro. Colby Tower with two and Mark Kennedy with a single replied for the visiting Nova team.
Bubba Rays Gulls 2 vs Bedford Barons 5: The Barons break open a tie game heading into the third to maintain their winning ways in 2012. Luc Poirier scored two for the Bedford team in the first with the Gulls' Drew Packman's goal in the first followed by Johnny Foley's goal in the second knotting the score. Ryan Yould, Matt Green and Gregory Macmillan scored for Bedford in the third to put the game away.
MCK Ice Dawgs 3 vs Scotsburn Crushers 3: Scotsburn's Jacob Pentz gave the hometown Crushers an opening lead of 1-0; but, the Dawgs Tristain Giasson, Brandon Worthen and a second by Giasson had MCK on top 3-1 with 2:06 remaining in the game. An untimely penalty to the Dawgs with 1:33 remaining is all that the Crushers needed to "git her done". At 0:22 on the clock, Blair Dewtie got the game to 3-2 and at 0:07 Lane Cormier completed the come back as the Crushers squeezed out a big point in the standings.
ACCEL Hawks 2 vs Breton Sports Cougars 2: The home town Cougars built up a 2-0 lead into the third with goals from Jake Brien and Tristain Bernard only to have the Hawks Johnny Jones and Connor Welsh on the power play tie the game at two.
ACCEL Hawks 1 vs Scotsburn Crushers 5: The ACCEL Hawks were in Trenton on Sunday to meet face the Scotsburn Crushers. Blair Dewtie gave the Crushers the early lead with the Hawks' Nathan Clarke tying the score early in the third. Unlike Saturday's heroics, the Crushers did not want to wait to the dying seconds to score as they added four unanswered goals to end the game. Lane Cormier with two and singles from Jacob Pentz and Chris Booker accounted for the third period surge.
Bubba Rays Gulls 3 vs Nova Jr. X Men 3: In Antigonish, the lead was back and forth throughout the game as a goal late in the third by Noah Bauld allowed the Gulls to tie the game. Randon MacKinnon with two and Colby Tower with a single managed the scoring for the X Men. Jesse Hamer-Murphy was in on all the Bubba Rays goals, scoring two and adding an assist.
MCK Ice Dawgs 3 vs Bedford Barons 7: In the final game of weekend play, the home town Barons were led by a hat trick from Jordan Boyd with Ryan Yould, Nick MacFarlane, Brandon Saarloos and Matt Green adding to the total. Gaetan Trembley with a goal in the second and two from Cameron MacLeod in the third completed the Dawgs output for the game.
2013 - 2014 Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Standings
Scotsburn Crushers 0 vs. Breton Sport Cougars 5 Saturday March 8 Kings Mutual 4 vs. Bedford Barons 6 Saturday March 8 Newbridge Senators 1 vs. Western Hurricanes 4 Saturday March 8 Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm 7 vs. Nova Jr. X Men 3 Saturday March 8 Truro Bearcats 3 vs. Bubba Rays 6 Friday March 7
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Nova Jr. X Men vs. Bedford Barons @ Emera Centre Northside Thursday March 13, 12:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm vs. Bubba Rays @ Emera Centre Northside Thursday March 13, 2:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Dartmouth Whalers vs. Breton Sport Cougars @ Emera Centre Northside Thursday March 13, 4:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Western Hurricanes vs. Nova Jr. X Men @ Emera Centre Northside Thursday March 13, 6:30 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Bubba Rays vs. Dartmouth Whalers @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 8:00 am
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Breton Sport Cougars vs. Nova Jr. X Men @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 10:00 am
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm vs. Western Hurricanes @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 12:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Bedford Barons vs. Dartmouth Whalers @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 2:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Nova Jr. X Men vs. Bubba Rays @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 4:00 pm
Provincial Playoff Tournament Round Robin Schedule Breton Sport Cougars vs. Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm @ Emera Centre Northside Friday March 14, 6:00 pm