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The Cape Breton West Islanders start defence of their provincial, Atlantic and Telus Cup titles.

The defending national champs open the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League playoffs on home ice against the Cape Breton Tradesmen.

The Islanders (26-6-4), who finished the regular season with wins in three of their last four games, ended up third in the eight-team league with 56 points; the Tradesmen (12-22-2) were sixth with 26 points.


Cape Breton West won seven of the eight games in the season series between the teams.

Puck drop for game one of the best-of-seven first-round series at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood is 6 p.m.

Game two is in Port Hood Sunday night.


The Northern Selects host the Penguins in a pair of games in the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League.

The Selects (18-2-3), who have won the first four games in the season series, lead the seven-team league with 39 points, seven points up on the second-place Panthers; the Penguins (5-17-2) are sixth with 12 points.

Puck drop at the Pictou Co. Wellness Centre is 12:30 p.m.

The teams meet again in New Glasgow Sunday morning.


The Antigonish Midget AA Bulldogs are back on the ice in the Cape Breton Midget AA Hockey league 

The Midget Double A Bulldogs who are coming off a Friday win against the Glace Bay Miners, will host the Sydney Steelers for two games in Antigonish.


The Antigonish Rural League playoffs resume.

The County Outlaws take on the St. Croix Angels at 7 p.m.

The Outlaws won the opening game of the best-of-seven league semi-final series Feb. 10.

The Heatherton Warriors play the Pleasantdale Panthers at 8:30 p.m.

The Warriors are up 1-0 after a game one win in their semi-final series Feb. 10.

Both games are at the Antigonish Arena.

Games three in both series are Feb. 24.


St. Andrews' Declan Smith and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles host Pomquet's Logan Chisholm and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the second time in as many nights in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Screaming Eagles won Friday night's game in overtime.

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


The StFX basketball teams are home for a pair of AUS games against the Memorial Seahawks.

The X-Men (6-10), losers of back-to-back games and three of their last four, are tied with Memorial (5-11) for fifth in their eight-team conference with 18 points.

The teams split two games in Newfoundland in November.


The last-place X-Women (1-15), who have already been eliminated from playoff contention, have two points; Memorial (8-8) is fifth with 22 points.

The Seahawks swept a pair of games against the X-Women in Newfoundland in November.

The women tip off at 6 p.m.; the men get underway at 8 p.m.

The teams meet again in Antigonish Sunday afternoon.

 

Pirates, Miners meet in Membertou for game 2

The Strait Pirates meet the Miners in Membertou for game two of their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series.

The Miners won the opener of the best-of-seven, first-round series in Port Hawkesbury Friday night.

Taylor Lambke, the Pirates' head coach, tells The Hawk moving to Membertou will make it harder to match lines, since the Miners will have last change.

"It's a lot more difficult on the road- you have to be on your toes and know who's going and know who's up next," he says. "I think that's the biggest challenge on the road- it's hard to get the match-ups you want."

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The series heads back to Port Hawkesbury for game three Friday night.

 

Cape Breton Midget AA Hockey League Results (from Sydney Friday)

Antigonish Midget AA Bulldogs - 5

Glace Bay Miners - 1

Goal scorers for Antigonish were Ben Boudreau with a pair and John Brophy, Cole Oleary, Dylan Keats with single markers

Kuri Smith recorded the win in the net.

The Midget AAs will next see action with two games on Saturday in Antigonish vs the Sydney Steelers. 

   

Midget A Round Robin Playoffs (from North Sydney Friday)

Midget A Round Robin Playoffs

Strait Richmond Midget A - 10

Northside - 4

Strait Richmond host New Waterford on Sunday at 2:30pm in the Richmond Arena

 

Cape Breton West Islanders Pick Up League Hardware

Members of the Cape Breton West Islanders were singled out for their work at the 2017-2018 Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League year-end banquet on Friday.

Kyle MacDonald was named Coach of the year...Michael Matthews - Volunteer of the year while Sean Stewart and Calum MacPherson were both named to the First all star team.

The 2nd all star team includes Jack Morris, and Stephen Fox was recognized as top goal scorer and league MVP!

   

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