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MONCTON, NB, February 5, 2013 - The first eight teams have entered the road to Moncton, New Brunswick and the Redball Internet Centre for the 2013 Atlantic Major Midget AAA Hockey Championship, which will take place April 4-7, 2013.

In total 18 teams will travel the road but only five will make it to the event and only one of them is assured a spot in the four day tournament, the host Moncton Flyers. The Flyers will be joined by the four provincial champions or in the case of New Brunswick the runner-up should the Flyers repeat as provincial champions.

The first eight teams on the road are from Nova Scotia and that number will be reduced before the four teams from Newfoundland & Labrador, the two teams from Prince Edward Island and the four teams from New Brunswick even start their trips later this month.

The best of five Nova Scotia quarterfinals began last Saturday and already the Halifax Titans are within a victory of sidelining the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets and moving on to the provincial semifinals. The Titans won 7-4 Saturday and 2-1 in overtime Sunday. Both games were at the Civic Centre in Halifax. Game three is slated for the Pictou County Wellness Centre Saturday and four, if necessary, on Sunday.

The league champion Valley Wildcats and South Shore Mustangs play their second game tonight (Tuesday) at 8:00pm at the Apple Dome in Berwick with the Wildcats up 1-0 thanks to an opening game victory by that same score. Game three is slated for Bridgewater Saturday.

The other two series are 1-1 after the opening two games. The Cole Harbour Wolfpack surprised the third place Dartmouth Major Midgets 2-1 in the opening game of their series but Dartmouth came back to win by an 8-1 score on Sunday. Game three is scheduled for Wednesday at Cole Harbour Place.

The other series is a battle of Cape Breton between the fourth place West Islanders and the fifth place Tradesmen and is also tied 1-1 after the Tradesmen blanked the Islanders 4-0 last Saturday in Port Hood and the Islanders came back to win 5-2 Sunday. Games three and four will be played Saturday and Sunday in Sydney.

The Newfoundland & Labrador semifinals between the Saint John’s Privateers and St. John’s Maple Leafs and the league champion Western Kings and Central IcePak are scheduled to get underway February 16-17.

The NB-PEI Major Midget Hockey League teams complete their schedules that same weekend and will begin playoffs shortly after. as the official website of the 2013 Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championship will keep you informed of all developments on the road to Moncton and the championship tournament.