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StFX hockey teams hold rankings in national standings

The StFX hockey teams have held their spots in the nationwide standings.

U Sports officials announced their latest top 10 rankings Tuesday.

The X-Men remain in third; they open their best-of-five AUS semifinal series on home ice against Acadia Thursday after receiving a first-round bye.

The X-Women stay in fourth; they also earned a first round bye and open their first round best-of-three semifinal series against Moncton Wednesday.


Bulldogs try to finish off Scotians on home ice

The Antigonish Bulldogs will go for the series sweep when they host the Pictou Co. Scotians in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Bulldogs won the first three games in the best-of-seven, first-round series, with the last two games decided by one goal.

Dave Synishin, Antigonish's head coach, tells The Hawk the game plan has been working.

"First game, we both played a good first period, and then we kind of took over in the second (and) ended up going up 5-1, and I think, mentally, that probably did a little bit of damage to Pictou," he says. "Since then, we've just been working hard- we've had to make a couple of adjustments, especially in their rink, but really, the boys are sticking to what we're asking of them and just working hard so far."

Puck drop at the Antigonish Arena is 7:30 p.m.

A Bulldogs' win means they advance to face the winner of the Pirates-Miners series in the Sid Rowe Division final; a Scotians' win sends the series back to Trenton for game five Sunday night.


Local sports preview (Tuesday)

The playoff edition of the Battle of Cape Breton resumes in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.

The Cape Breton West Islanders meet the Cape Breton Tradesmen in Membertou for game three of their best-of-seven, first-round series.

The Islanders won the first two games in Port Hood Saturday and Sunday.

Game time is 7:15 p.m.

A Cape Breton West win means they can go for the series sweep in game four in Membertou Thursday night.


Midget AA boys hockey results (from Coxheath Monday)

Game 1:

Antigonish Bulldogs - 1
Cape Breton Co. Islanders - 1

Antigonish goal: Robbie Miller

Game 2:

Antigonish Bulldogs - 3
Cape Breton Co. Islanders - 0

Antigonish goals: David Wallace, John Brophy, Caden McLaren

Antigonish shutout: Kuri Smith


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League results (from Halifax Monday)

Halifax Mooseheads - 6
Rimouski Oceanic - 5 (OT)

Halifax goals: Filip Zadina (2), Raphaël Lavoie (2), Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Connor Moynihan

The Mooseheads (37-13-7), who have won three straight, are second in the 18-team league with 81 points, five points behind Blainville-Boisbriand for top spot, and two points ahead of River Denys' Colten Ellis and the third-place Oceanic.

It was the first game of the season between the teams, who meet for the second and final time in Rimouski in March.

Photo credit: Halifax Mooseheads (


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