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Mar. 21, 2017

PORT HOOD – The Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League final gets underway in Port Hood this week.

The Cape Breton West Islanders host the Dartmouth-based Steele Subaru Major Midgets in Game 1 of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL) championship series tonight at 7 p.m. in Port Hood at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre.

The Islanders were the top team in the NSMMHL during the regular season, outscoring their opponents 202-86 and finishing the year with a 31-5-2 record. The Steele Subaru Major Midgets finished six points back of the Islanders in second place, posting a 28-8-2 record to finish the regular season with 58 points.

Cape Breton West has continued its strong play into the playoffs. The team is 7-1 so far during the postseason, sweeping the Cape Breton Unionized Tradesmen 4-0 in the opening round and following it up with a 3-1 series victory over the Weeks Major Midgets in Round 2.

The Islanders have been led offensively by 2016 Moncton Wildcats’ fourth round pick Jacob Hudson (5-9-14 in 8 GP). Rookie Jake Stewart has chipped in six tallies along the way and leads the team in goal scoring, while veterans Stephen Fox and Avery Warner have each notched five goals apiece.

Netminder Colten Ellis, a 2016 fourth round selection by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, has posted a 5-1 record, a .930 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against-average in his six playoff starts.

The defending champion Steele Subaru Major Midgets have also only lost once so far in the postseason, sweeping the South Shore Mustangs 4-0 in the opening round and defeating the Halifax McDonald’s 3-1 in their NSMMHL semi-final.

Veteran Jordan McKenna, a 2016 fifth round selection by the Halifax Mooseheads, leads the team in scoring after two round. McKenna has seven goals and six assists through eight games. Luke Henman, the 21st overall pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, has chipped in three goals and eight assists so far in the postseason.

Stewart Bagnell (3-1, .930 SV%, 1.51 GAA) and Nolan Boyd (4-0, .940 SV, 1.24 GAA) have been stellar in goal for the defending champs, splitting the team’s eight starts through the first two rounds.

For a complete series schedule, please see below.

The action continues tomorrow night at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood at 7 p.m.

Complete NSMMHL Series Final Schedule:

Game 1:
Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. (Al MacInnis Sports Centre)
Game 2: Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. (Al MacInnis Sports Centre)
Game 3: Friday, March 24 at 8:15 p.m. (Dartmouth Sportsplex)
Game 4: Saturday, March 25 at 6:15 pm (Dartmouth Sportsplex)
Game 5: Sunday, March 26 at 6 p.m. (Al MacInnis Sports Centre)

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