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Local sports preview (Friday)

The Cape Breton West Islanders are back in action at the 2017 Major Midget Atlantic Hockey Championship in Miramichi.

They play the Moncton Flyers at 10 a.m.

Cape Breton West is the champion from our province; Moncton is representing New Brunswick.

Both teams won their opening games of the tournament Thursday- the Islanders beat the Kensington Wild (PEI) 6-1, while the Flyers defeated the St. John's Maple Leafs (NFLD) 6-4.

It's the first of two games for Cape Breton West on the day; they play St. John's at 4 p.m., and The Hawk will have period-by-period updates from Miramichi.

The Northern Selects have a pair of games at the 2017 Female Midget "AAA" Atlantic Hockey Championship in Lantz.

The Selects, the champions from our province, started the tournament with a 3-2 win against the Mid-Isle Wildcats (PEI) Thursday.

They play the Moncton Rockets (NB) at 10 a.m.; the Rockets opened with a 6-3 win against the Western Warriors (NFLD).

The Selects take on the East Hants Penguins, the host team, at 7 p.m.; the Penguins (0-1) lost 3-1 to the Mid-Isle Wildcats Thursday.

The Antigonish Bulldogs play their second game at Nova Scotia Midget "X" Hockey provincials as part of the SEDMHA Tournament in Halifax.

The Bulldogs lost their opening game against the Cole Harbour Surge 5-2, which moved them to the second tier bracket of the tournament Thursday.

They face the Cape Breton Co. X-Men at 11 a.m.

An Antigonish win and they advance to play the Halifax Hawks, while a loss moves them to the third tier bracket.

The 39th annual Freddie MacNeil Memorial Royals Hockey Tournament gets underway.

The puck drops on the first game at the Richmond Arena in Louisdale at 6 p.m.

Play continues all day Saturday; the championship games start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The province's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams play games five in their respective best-of-seven first-round series.

St. Andrews' Declan Smith and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles visit the Gatineau Olympiques at 8:30 p.m.

The Screaming Eagles won the first three games of the series; the Olympiques staved off elimination with a 4-3 win on home ice Wednesday night.

A Cape Breton win means they advance to the second round; a loss, and the series returns to Sydney for game six Monday night.

The Halifax Mooseheads host the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Scotiabank Centre at 7 p.m.

The Mooseheads evened the series at two with a 3-1 win on home ice Wednesday night.

Whoever wins Friday night's game will have a chance to advance to the next round when the series returns to Rouyn-Noranda for game six Monday night.


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