FIDDLER'S FACTS: Long playoff run coming

Fred MacDonald
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Fiddler likes Islanders chances; thinks Stewart a good addition for Storm

The surging Charlottetown Islanders and the Island Storm, with the addition of veteran guard Al Stewart, are a lot better than they've shown earlier this season and, in my view, will surprise Island sports fans in the upcoming weeks.

The Islanders, under head coach Jim Hulton, have been one of the better Quebec major junior clubs during the last half of the season and they'll likely finish between eighth and 11th in the 16-team playoff picture. The Islanders will play Cape Breton, Rimouski, Chicoutimi or Victoriaville in the opening round and most likely start on the road.

The Sports Prophet loves any of these matchups and I can see a long playoff run for the Islanders on the horizon.

As for the Storm, the future got a whole lot better with the arrival of Stewart, who led the Storm deep into the playoffs in the past. The Storm has enough talent but trying to find the right pieces for the playoff puzzle has been difficult. Head coach Joe Salerno thinks Stewart's presence in the backcourt with Rashad Whack and Malcolm Grant will turn the team around and I think he's on the right track.

Brent Jennings and Brian Addison have been terrific of late, so it's time for the Storm to rumble and what better occasion than Thursday, St. Patty's Day, at home at 7 p.m. against Saint John.


The St. FX hockey club upset UNB in the Atlantic University Sport best-of-three final and will take the conference's top seed in the eight-team national tournament, set for March 17 to 20 in Halifax.

UNB, Saint Mary's and X will represent the AUS in the tournament. Charlottetown's Gordon Tweedy, a UNB grad and varsity player, thinks the Reds will capture the national crown but may I remind you, he's no prophet.


Lorie Kane's induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame was inevitable, totally expected and thoroughly deserved.

Prince Edward Island is not very well known on the world golf stage and it's a place where the vast majority of Americans have no idea where it is or what it is.

Despite the shortness of the golf year here, Kane won four LPGA tour events, beating the best female golfers in the world. In a career that still continues, Lorie's achievements are almost unbelievable.

While on the golf topic, and with St. Patrick's Day fast approaching, here's a story you'll enjoy.

Liam Dolan of Olde Dublin Pub aced the 125-yard fourth hole at Terra Lago South, Palm Springs, Calif., last week. Playing partner Rob McCloskey took some of the lustre off the feat, informing me Liam used a four iron to turn the trick. He now trails his wife Kim 3-1 in the ace department.

The mild weather and lack of ice in our waters suggests the golf season is almost upon us. I am walking the Avondale course this weekend with owner Wendell MacEachern, so stay tuned.

Harness racing

Live harness racing is six weeks away but there's simulcast racing from up-country tracks available at Red Shores.

Greg Blanchard, the director of racing at Western Fair in London, Ont., is guest speaker at the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association annual banquet and dinner set for Rodd Royalty on Saturday, April 16. Tickets are available at the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic.

In racing last weekend, Maritime-bred The Rev won in 1:51:3 in the $27,000 class at Woodbine while the Blair Hansen-owned Proven Desire (James MacDonald) closed fast to be second in 1:52:1 in a $20,000 overnight. The last quarter was completed in 27:1. Both horses are in to go tonight and both can win with racing luck.

At Yonkers tonight, Mark MacDonald has Bad Boy Matt from Post 6 in the $32,000 open.

Organizations: Islanders, Atlantic University Sport, Stewart's Canadian Golf Hall LPGA Avondale Western Fair P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic

Geographic location: Quebec, Cape Breton, Rimouski Victoriaville Saint John Halifax Saint Mary Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Palm Springs, Calif. London, Ont. Yonkers

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