Kidney, Hunter excited as Wolfpack gear up to host Atlantics

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Cole Harbour Wolfpack to host Major Midget championship at East Hants Sportsplex

HALIFAX: It’s an exciting time for two local Major Midget hockey league players.

Liam Kidney and Brady Hunter will both get to don the jerseys of their Cole Harbour Wolfpack before the hometown fans at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz when the Wolfpack host the Atlantic Major Midget Championships from March 29- April 1.

“It’s pretty great feeling to be hosting,” said Kidney, a Cape Breton Screaming Eagle prospect, before game one against the Halifax McDonald’s. “I’ve grown up in that rink. I find it pretty cool to play in East Hants from living there.”

Hunter said he’s exciting for the opportunity.

“Growing up in East Hants I feel like this is a big opportunity to play on my home ice,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Liam Kidney plays soccer for a second as he kicks the puck from behind his skate up towards his stick in front of him during a NSMMHL playoff game at the Halifax Forum on March 2. The Wolfpack fell in the game to Halifax. (Healey photo)

Kidney, 16, said the team’s goal is to win it so they can make the TELUS Cup, but he is taking it one game at a time and one shift at a time.

He said the team does have some improvements to their overall game to have success in the post-season and at the Atlantics.

“We need to work on our special teams a bit more and just our work ethic and have a never give up attitude,” the Enfield product said.

Hunter, who is a top QMJHL draft-eligible prospect, agreed.

“I think we need to just keep working hard and doing the little things and we’ll do good,” said the 16-year-old.

Brady Hunter of the Cole Harbour Wolfpack passes the puck up the ice during a playoff contest with the Halifax McDonald’s on March 2 at the Halifax Forum. (Healey photo)

Phillippe Casault, of Halifax, said the team knows they have to play the right way to have success.

“I think we just have to keep playing our way and play strong,” he said.

Brandon Stone, who calls Hammonds Plains home, said it will be a new experience for most of the players on the Wolfpack.

“We have to make sure we’re all working hard,” said Stone. “I think there will be some nerves, but as the games go on we’ll have less nerves.

“Every shift matters. We have to make sure we’re owning it.”

Cole Harbour’s first game is scheduled for 8 p.m. against the PEI representative. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30 p.m. The Wolfpack will play NL at 1:30 p.m. on March 30 and N.S. at 8 p.m. They wrap up the round-robin portion facing off with N.B. at 12:30 p.m. on March 31. The awards banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 31.

The championship game is set for the top two teams at 1 p.m. on April 1.

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