MHL Quarter Season Update
Hard to believe it is already a quarter the way through the Maritime Hockey League season. A few surprises at both the top of the standings and bottom of the standings, first let’s take a look at the top.
The Yarmouth Mariners have had a great season thus far going a very impressive 12-2 to start the season, they sit a top the Eastlink South Division. After failing to make the playoffs last year, this is a complete 180-degree turn around under new head coach Laurie Barron. A key player that has added to his team success is, Matt Barron, who has five goals and nine assists in 14 games played. Barron played in the MHL last season as a 16-year-old, and was drafted this past season by the Charlottetown Islanders, if the Islanders catch the injury bug, I think the speed and skill of Barron would fit nicely in their lineup.
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers, the defending MHL Champs are also off to a hot start in the Eastlink South Division, they are posting a 10-2-1 record. A key player to their lineup is Jacob Hickey who has nine goals in 13 games played for the Crushers. He is now property of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and might get to suit up for a few games as he is only a few hours down the road.
The South Shore Lumberjacks are struggling so far this season going 5-9-1, but one promising rookie is Logan O’Neil. O’Neil has two goals and nine assists in 15 games played, he is playing on the first line and is property of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. At the age of 17, if he continues to grow, I think he could make the jump next season.
On the Eastlink North Division, the Miramichi Timberwolves are leading the pack as expected. They have a 10-2-1-1 record so far this season. In second place is the Dieppe Commandos with a 7-4-2-1.
The Summerside Western Capitals are sitting nicely in third place, and are being led by a group of rookies. TJ Shea has three goals and 12 assists thus far, Marc-Andre LeCouffe (Titan property) has four goals and five assists, Brodie MacArthur (Wildcats property) also has four goals and five assists, and lastly Casey Fox has four goals and four assists in seven games played.
As the season goes on in the Maritime Hockey League, expect to see a few of these names get called up especially around World Junior time, and with injuries.