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Warriors goaltending duo solid between the pipes

Connary McGee, left, and Nick MacLean have manned the pipes this season for the Mi'kmaq Warriors of the East Coast Junior Lacrosse League. Both goalies will have to be solid down the stretch as the Warriors push for a playoff spot.
Connary McGee, left, and Nick MacLean have manned the pipes this season for the Mi'kmaq Warriors of the East Coast Junior Lacrosse League. Both goalies will have to be solid down the stretch as the Warriors push for a playoff spot. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. – A terrific tandem has emerged between the pipes this season for the Mi’kmaq Warriors.

Goaltenders Nick MacLean and Connary McGee have held the fort on most nights in the East Coast Junior Lacrosse League and have given the Warriors an opportunity to win games.

MacLean is a third-year goaltender and the Warriors’ number-one man. He has become a role model for not only McGee, but for the entire Truro Minor Lacrosse Association with his work ethic and attention to detail.

“Nick has proven himself as a top goalie in our league, with his commitment to improvement on and off the floor,” said Warriors defensive coordinator Brendan Smithson. “His drive to be better is one of his best qualities, which drives our team.

“Nick has been a joy to coach, as he is like a sponge, always wanting more to improve his game,” added Smithson. “He is one of those kids that would practice every day just one-on-one if you gave him the chance.”

McGee, a rookie, was selected in the second round of January’s ECJLL draft out of the Truro Bearcats midget program. He gives the team a solid 1-2 punch between the pipes, which allows the coaching staff to put him in situations where he can be successful while learning the game at the junior level.

“Connary has had a great rookie season, taking advantage of his time in the net, while showing the coaching staff he’s ready for the ECJLL speed and skill,” said Smithson.

The Warriors picked up a huge win on Monday, an 8-6 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes. The Warriors trail the New Brunswick Mavericks by just two points in the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot. They return to action on June 17 when they visit the St. Margaret’s Bay Rebels. The Warriors next home game is June 22 when they host the undefeated Dartmouth Bandits for an 8 p.m. start at the Colchester Legion Stadium.

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