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Island Storm guard Rashad Whack, left, is fouled going to the rim by Moncton Miracles guard Shawn Van Zant, a former Storm player, during Sunday's game at the Eastlink Centre.
I don't know if the Easter Bunny will make the road trip tomorrow when the Island Storm invades Halifax but head coach Joe Salerno hopes the long eared one lays a big belated Easter win in the Storm basket here on Monday afternoon.
The 2 p.m. game at the Eastlink Centre is the second half of a home-and-away series between the National Basketball League of Canada-leading Halifax Hurricanes (19-8) and the Storm (10-17), which is in last place in the Atlantic Division. It's a game the Storm needs.
Saint John Mill Rats (18-12) and Moncton Miracles (13-16) are the other teams in the Atlantic. The regular season ends April 30 and the playoff structure has the division's fourth-place squad meeting the top seed in the opening round.
I talked with trainer Bahar Yazdanjou and she is confident the Storm will bring its A game Monday afternoon. They have enough firepower with the likes of Brent Jennings, Tirrell Baines, Malcolm Grant, Rashad Whack, Brian Addison and Terry Thomas, but they've been a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde club all season. Last week, the Storm routed second-place Saint John by 40 points at Harbour Station and a few days later lost at home to third-place Moncton by 10 points.
The Storm put on a great show win or lose and if you haven't experienced it, I suggest the Monday at Eastlink Centre.
Claude Vaive may not be a name familiar with today's hockey fans but his passing last week brought back many memories. He and his wife Mary started the Spud Minor Hockey tournament and today it is one of the biggest in the Maritimes.
Claude's son Ricky was a 50-goal scorer and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other boys Steve and Ron were top junior players in their day.
Gone but not forgotten.
Peewee A girls
On a happier note, congratulations to Pownal hockey coach Chris Chaisson as his peewee A girls upset Summerside and won the provincial title last week.
Chaisson is one of the most respected hockey people in the region and now he's making a name in the coaching ranks. Ava Burgoyne is one of Pownal's players and she has an interesting pedigree, as her mom Alanna (Ramona and Errol Taylor's girl) was an all-Canadian soccer standout at UPEI.
As for Chaisson, who also has Grant Doyle and Mike Kelly with him in the coaching duties, he may look back at this win as a stepping stone. Heck, he's got more provincial coaching titles than his pal Andrew MacMillan.
Live harness racing is inching closer to opening day, which is less than a month away, but right now only simulcast racing is available at the city track.
The Levy series continues tonight at Yonkers with four legs at $50,000. Mark MacDonald has Sunfire Blue Chip from the seven-hole and Melmerby Beach from Post 2 in of the big races.
At Woodbine tonight, Blair Hansen's Proven Desire, who was fifth last week, is into go tonight in the $22,000 class. Maritime-bred The Rev is entered in the $34,000 top class.
The local harness racing game lost longtime owner, trainer and driver Leo Peters last week. Although not active in recent years, the Emyvale resident was a friend to all horsemen and an all around great guy. My condolences to sons Michael and Kevin and all connected to this gentleman.
That was some trip March 17 at Yonkers by Lovineveryminute. The Western Paradise five-year-old mare won for fun in 1:51:1, an eye-popping trip over a half-mile track. Earl Watts raised and developed the mare and he has a brother to her in the Fall Yearling Sale at Crapaud.
Fred MacDonald's column appears every Saturday in The Guardian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.