Without a trace of hyperbole: Greatest. Intermission. Contest. Ever.
Everything came up Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last weekend. Not only did the Eagles, who had worst record in major junior hockey last season, win both their games to secure a playoff spot, but two fans had pinpoint accuracy to win some pretty nice prizes between periods of their game on Saturday.
First Karie Shaw, a fan from Glace Bay, N.S., put the three-inch-wide puck through a 3¼-inch hole from centre ice, to win a $10,000 prize sponsored by Scotiabank. The fans at Centre 200 were still abuzz when Megan Laffin of Florence, N.S., stepped up for the corner dot-to-corner dot challenge. That requires not only accuracy, but putting the perfect curling-style 'draw weight' on the puck so it stops right on the faceoff dot. Laffin pulled it off, winning a new Ford F-150 from MacDonald Auto Group, a Sydney dealership.
Shaw seemed to have the more exuberant victory dance, for what that is worth.
Laffin and Shaw might want to think about forming a curling team with that kind of aim and precision. Either way, it surely put smiles on a lot of the faces of Eagles fan. The good vibes carried over into the game; Cape Breton beat Gatineau 5-4 on a goal with 11 seconds left. Then it beached the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-1 on Sunday to wrap up a playoff spot. That was the Eagles' 29th win of the season, already twice as many as it had all of last year.
(Stick tap: Sean Leahy @Sean_Leahy.)
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.