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Islanders beat the best for second straight Ice Jam title

For the second straight year, the Cape Breton West Islanders defeated the host Halifax McDonalds in the championship game to win the Halifax Ice Jam Major Midget tournament.


-by Bill Dunphy

    The Cape Breton West Islanders beat the best team in Newfoundland, the best team in New Brunswick, and the supposed best team in Nova Scotia, among others, to win the Halifax Ice Jam Major Midget hockey tournament for the second straight year.
    And for the second straight year, the host Halifax McDonalds were the victims of the Cape Breton West juggernaut, defeating the burger boys 6-5 in an “emotional” final on Sunday.
    The Islanders’ tournament schedule was arguably tougher than it was last year when they lost their first two games and just managed to slip into the round of 16 in 15th place.
    As it turned out, the tournament schedule didn’t mean a whole lot to this group, winning all seven games they played in a four-day span at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
    “The final was quite a game with a lot of emotional swings,” said Islanders coach Kyle “Duke” MacDonald. “Our guys did an excellent job of managing those emotions and staying cool.”

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