Maroons looking to end bantam AAA season strong

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The Western Maroons host the Pownal Red Devils Friday night in their last home game of the regular season.

Puck drop is 8 p.m. at the O'Leary Community Sports Centre.

“It’s been a great season thus far and we are looking forward to the playoffs,” said coach Jeff Ellsworth. “The playoffs are a new season. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

The Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League has been a very competive this season, the coach said, noting more than 90 per cent of the games have been close and entertaining to watch. 

“Having a seven-team league on P.E.I. is great,” Ellsworth said. “Going to the rink and playing different teams every week keeps the league interesting.”

The league banquet will happen Sunday in Summerside with the playoffs starting on Monday.

Organizations: O'Leary Community Sports Centre, Irving Oil Bantam AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: P.E.I., Summerside

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  • Al
    February 13, 2014 - 23:35

    Jeff said a key statement here. “Having a seven-team league on P.E.I. is great,” Ellsworth said. “Going to the rink and playing different teams every week keeps the league interesting.” I don't know if he was trying intentionally to give PEI a hint but regardless, he is right (that's to you Hockey PEI). I went to CUP to watch Summerside vs West Prince this evening and it was a very good and competitive game. That competitive level will die off next season if this reduces to a 4 team league. Fans won't care watching the same 3 opponents all winter. Not to mention tonight's game was a battle for an opportunity at a 1st place finish and a bye to the league semi-finals. Two great teams 40 minutes away from each other and you're going to force them to combine next season? You're going to force O'Leary to tell 200 regular season fans and anywhere from 400-600 playoff fans (minimum) to go to Summerside for a 13 year olds home games. Poor call Hockey PEI. Reverse this decision!

    • hockey dad
      February 14, 2014 - 12:05

      AL, What about the bottom 3 teams that have to suffer ? These 3 teams are consistently being beaten by a minimum of 8 goals against?? These kids are being made fun of and ridiculed- by the other kids and in some cases- the other associations- Summerside has been accused of calling one specific team a bunch of rats!! Al, this hockey is all about development and not to give you something to do...too many kids are dropping out of the game because they are exhausted of being embarrassed. The Island cannot support a true competitive league- numbers are too low- we can't compete in major AAA tournaments on the mainland- I think Hockey PEI has done the right thing and has seen the writing on the wall that it's ruining the integrity of the game....sorry Al i don't agree with your statements. The purpose is to have a league that ALL teams can at least compete- and not have our kids embarrassed .

    • Hockey observer
      February 16, 2014 - 17:16

      You hit the nail on the head, "hockey dad". Too any zealous hockey parents can't accept that their little super star will not make AAA next year when they make it harder to make the team. This is the only way to be competitive off Island.