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In a rare mid-week game, the Kameron Jr. Miners and Eskasoni Eagles will take to the ice for Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action Wednesday.
The Jr. Miners (8-2-1-1) and Eagles (3-7-3-0) will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre as the league pushes to reach its 16-game regular schedule which has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jr. Miners enter Wednesday's game coming off a 3-1 win over the Pictou County Scotians at the Trenton Arena on Feb. 14, while the Eagles earned a point in a wild 9-8 loss to the Strait Pirates Sunday in Eskasoni.
The Membertou-based Miners are in second place in the Sid Rowe Division with 18 points, three points back of the first place Antigonish AA Munro Bulldogs. The Eagles currently sit in fifth place in the five-team division with a 3-7-3-0 record.
The Miners are led offensively by Chad O'Neill with 10 goals and 19 points while Nathaniel Fuller leads all rookies in points with nine goals and 17 points. Logan Struthers rounds out the top three with eight goals and 13 points.
As for the Eagles, Trent Reardon leads the team with two goals and 17 points while Nicholas MacGillivary has posted nine goals and 16 points in 13 games. Thomas Simon leads the team in goals (10) in 13 contests.
The Miners' Cody Smith has carried the bulk of the team's workload in the crease. He has a 6-4 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .940 save percentage.
Meanwhile, for Eskasoni, Seth Crowe enters Wednesday's contest with a 1-9 record with a 5.22 goals-against-average and an .880 save percentage.
Due to the pandemic, all 11 teams will make the playoffs this year. In the Sid Rowe Division, the fourth and fifth place teams will play a best-of-three series to determine who will advance to the division's final four.
If the playoffs were to start Wednesday, the Pirates and Eagles would play in the best-of-three series to kick off the postseason.
The NSJHL regular season concludes on March 10 with the playoffs beginning on March 12.
Jeremy Fraser is a sports and breaking news reporter for the Cape Breton Post. He's been with the publication for four years. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @CBPost_Jeremy.