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Local sports preview (Wednesday)

Both StFX hockey teams have games against the Saint Mary's Huskies.

The X-Men (11-1-2), who have won three straight, are second in the seven-team AUS conference with 24 points, two points back of UNB for top spot.

They visit the Huskies (10-3-1), who sit three points behind StFX in third.

StFX is ranked fourth in the country, while Saint Mary's is sixth; the X-Men have won two of the first three games in the season series between the teams.

The X-Women, who have won back-to-back games and four of the last five, host the Huskies at the Keating Centre in Antigonish.

StFX (9-1-2) leads their seven-team conference with 20 points, a point up on second-place Saint Mary's (9-2-1).

The X-Women are fifth in the country, while the Huskies are third; StFX has won the first two games in the season series between the teams.

Both games get underway at 7 p.m.


There are a pair of games in the Cape Breton West High School Hockey League.

The top two teams in the six-team league square off when the SAERC Saints host the Dalbrae Dragons at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

The Dragons (5-1-0) are first with 14 points, a point up on the second-place Saints (4-4-1).

Dalbrae won the first game of the season between the teams- 3-2 in overtime in Port Hood in October.

The Richmond Academy Hurricanes visit the Eskasoni Coyotes.

It's the second game in as many nights for the Coyotes (4-2-0), who lost 7-5 to Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA in Cheticamp Tuesday night; they're third with 11 points, two points behind SAERC for second.

The Hurricanes (2-6-0), who are last with six points, sit three points behind CBHA/NDA for fifth.

Both games get underway at 7 p.m.


St. Andrews' Declan Smith, Beaver Meadow's Ryan MacLellan and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles host the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Screaming Eagles (12-9-2), losers of two of their last three, are 10th in the 18-team league with 26 points, a point behind Charlottetown for ninth, and two points ahead of Victoriaville and Sherbrooke, who are tied for 11th; the Sea Dogs (5-13-6) are 17th with 16 points.

Cape Breton has a 2-1 edge in the season series between the Maritimes Division opponents.

Puck drop at Centre 200 in Sydney is 7 p.m.

 

Cape Breton West High School Hockey League results (from Cheticamp Tuesday)

Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA Huskies - 7
Eskasoni Coyotes - 5

CBHA/NDA goals: William Fraser (2), Jakob Deveau (2), Matthew Hinkley (2), Mitchell Dilosa

Eskasoni goals: Storm Denny (5)

The Huskies (3-3-0) are fifth in the six-team league with nine points, a point behind Inverness/Baddeck Academy for fourth, and three points ahead of last-place Richmond Academy; the Coyotes (4-2-0) are third with 11 points, two points behind SAERC for second, and a point up on fourth-place Inverness-Baddeck Academy.

 

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League results (from Halifax Tuesday)

Halifax Mooseheads - 6
Moncton Wildcats - 5

Halifax goals: Otto Somppi, Arnaud Durandeau, Filip Zadina, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Xavier Parent, Joel Bishop

Antigonish's Blade Mann-Dixon made 33 saves for Halifax and also recorded an assist; Pleasant Valley's Jacob Hudson scored a short-handed goal for Moncton.

The Mooseheads (14-7-3), who have won back-to-back games and three of their last four, lead the Maritimes Division and are the third seed in the 18-team league with 31 points, two points behind Quebec and Rouyn-Noranda for top spot.

Halifax has a 2-1 edge in the season series between the teams.

Photo credit: Halifax Mooseheads (www.HalifaxMooseheads.ca)

   

X-Men stay put, X-Women climb in U Sports top 10

Both StFX hockey teams remain ranked among the best in the country.

The X-Men stay in fourth in the latest U Sports top 10 after a pair of weekend home wins- they beat UNB 3-2 in overtime Friday night, then defeated UPEI 6-1 the next night.

The X-Women climbed from sixth to fifth after two weekend wins- they beat Saint Mary's 3-1 in Halifax Friday night, then defeated Moncton 4-1 at home Sunday afternoon.

 

Local sports preview (Tuesday)

There are a pair of games on the local sports schedule.

The Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA Huskies host the Eskasoni Coyotes in the Cape Breton West High School Hockey League.

The Huskies (2-3-0) are tied with Richmond Academy for fifth in the six-team league with six points, four points behind Inverness/Baddeck Academy for fourth; the Coyotes (4-1-0) are third with 11 points, two points behind SAERC for second.

The teams met in Eskasoni Tuesday- the Coyotes won 5-2.

Puck drop at the Cabot Trail Arena in Cheticamp is 7:30 p.m.

It's the first of back-to-back games for Eskasoni, who host Richmond Academy Wednesday night.


Antigonish's Blade Mann-Dixon and the Halifax Mooseheads host Pleasant Valley's Jacob Hudson and the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Mooseheads (13-7-3), who have won two of their last three games, and Wildcats (13-8-3) are tied with Acadie-Bathurst at the top of the Maritimes Division with 29 points, but Halifax holds the league's third seed based on one less game played.

The season series is even at a game apiece.

Puck drop at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax is 7 p.m.

   

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