Labradorian makes major junior debut against Mooseheads

Derek Montague
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Hopes to make an impact for the Charlottetown islanders

On the night of Jan. 15 in Halifax, a dream came true for a young hockey player from Labrador.

Curtis Scales, a 16-year-old-winger, played in his first-ever major junior hockey game, as a member of the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec league.

“I Just did the little things right, kept my game simple and enjoyed every bit if it. Playing in front of 10,000 people was amazing,” Scales after the game.

“I had a couple turnovers and didn't do too well offensively but it's only my first game and it was against a great team. I worked my ass off and I guess it looks good.”

Scales was traded to Charlottetown by the Gatineau Olympiques last week, along with a 1st round pick in 2014 and a 1st round pick in 2015, for Alexis Pepin.

Scales was expected to be in the lineup a little earlier, but head coach Gordie Dwyer never penciled him in.

But, ever since the big trade, Dwyer expected Scales to, quickly, make his way into the lineup.

“Well, we expect him to (be in the lineup). We obviously made a lot of moves and are going with a youth movement. And we expect to see him at some point this weekend for sure,” said Dwyer.

“He’s a good skater and he’s intense, that’s what we like about him. He’s got a chance to be a forward that brings that energy…”

Scales certainly wasn’t given an easy opponent in his first game. The Halifax Mooseheads have 28 wins in 45 games and sat third in the QMJHL. They also have star players like goaltender Zach Fucale and centre Jonathan Drouin.

“(They’re) amazing. Drouin and the goalie Fucale are unreal,” said Scales.

“I chirped Drouin and asked him to fight; didn't work out too well when his teammates stepped up to me.”

The Mooseheads ended up beating the Islanders 5-1. Scales had no points and was a minus one.

Now, the young forward will focus on earning a regular spot in the Islanders’ lineup.

I don't see why I shouldn't (be in the lineup) but … I wouldn't be disappointed if I'm sitting,” says Scales. “Two of the older guys were scratched tonight so I guess they'll be working hard in practice to get their spot back in the lineup.”

“I’ll work harder though.”

Geographic location: Labrador, Quebec, Charlottetown

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