Road to the 2017 TELUS Cup
Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League
Jason La Rose
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February 27, 2017
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
1) Cape Breton West Islanders vs. 8) Cape Breton Tradesmen
2) Dartmouth Major Midgets vs. 7) South Shore Mustangs
3) Halifax McDonald’s vs. 6) Valley Wildcats
4) Cole Harbour Wolfpack vs. 5) Pictou County Major Midgets

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
Cape Breton West – 64 points (31-5-2)
Dartmouth – 58 points (28-8-2)
Halifax – 56 points (26-8-4)
Cole Harbour – 49 points (23-12-3)
Pictou County – 43 points (20-15-3)
Valley – 37 points (17-18-3)
South Shore – 16 points (7-29-2)
Cape Breton – 4 points (2-36-0)

LEADING SCORERS
G Blackmore (Pictou County) – 28G 47A 75P
Jaden Mason (Pictou County) – 23G 40A 63P
Kevin Mason (Pictou County) – 29G 33A 62P
Brandon Stone (Halifax) – 37G 23A 60P
Luke Henman (Dartmouth) – 26G 34A 60P

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2016 (Dartmouth Major Midgets – fifth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES (since 1984)
19 (1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992 (host), 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 (host), 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: silver medal – Dartmouth Subways, 2002)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – CAPE BRETON WEST ISLANDERS
Goals, goals and more goals. The Cape Breton West Islanders used a high-powered offence to lift them to a NSMMHL regular-season title, scoring 202 times in 38 games to move from sixth place in 2015-16 to the top of the standings this season. The Islanders came flying out of the gate to open their schedule; they started the season with 12 consecutive wins, and found the back of the net 51 times in their first six games. Surprisingly, though, Cape Breton West had only a single player in the top 10 of NSMMHL scoring – Avery Warner was sixth with 54 points. In total, 10 different players reached the 30-point mark, and nine recorded double-digits in goals. The Islanders also led the way defensively, allowing only 86 goals (for a +116 goal differential); Colten Ellis topped the league with a 2.05 goals-against average, while Ewan MacDonald was No. 2 in GAA at 2.24, and posted a league-leading 16 wins and four shutouts.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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