Pirates hang with league’s best
PORT HAWKESBURY: After being stood-up by the Pictou Scotians on Friday night, the Strait Pirates visited the Glace Bay Miners on Saturday and came close to dropping the top team in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
The final was 6-4 for the Miners, and the score was tied three times before Glace Bay pulled ahead in the third.
Jackson Beck (from Randon MacKinnon and Christian Papineau) scored with 4:67 played in the first, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead that the Miners eventually overturned with a pair of goals. With 2:44 left in the first, Dawson MacLean (from Bryce Reynolds and Josh Foster) tied the score at 2-2. With 19 seconds left in the frame,Miner Mitchell Johnston scored on the power play to give his crew a 3-2 lead.
After a scoreless second, Taylor Pierce (from Joshua MacMillan and William Stewart) made it a 3-3 game in the early going of the third; however; the Miners popped three goals to pull ahead and stay there. Pirate MacKinnon (from Avery Warner and Riley Keeling) scored on the powerplay with two minutes remaining.
Matthew Stymest faced 42 shots in the Pirate net, and Miner Logan Cooke faced 34.
The Pirates were also scheduled to host Pictou on Friday, but the Scotians sited bad road conditions as a reason for postponing the visit.
As a result of the weekend, the Pirates (8-12-2-1) remain five points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs for third place in the NSJHL’s Sid Rowe division.
This Friday night, the Pirates will host the Miners at 7:30 p.m.
Dartmouth beats Islanders
PORT HOOD: The Cape Breton West Islanders were unable to take control of Dartmouth’s Steele Subaru Major Midgets in a 4-1 final at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre.
The Islanders were scheduled to play the Pictou Weeks Midgets last Thursday (Jan. 4) but the game was cancelled due to a winter storm and extensive power outages throughout the province.
Stephen Fox (from Neil MacLean and Fearghus MacDonald) had the Islanders’ only goal of the game for his crew. That goal came with just 36 seconds played in the first period. Dartmouth’s goalie Stewart Bagnell faced 37 shots through the three periods.
Islander backstop Ewan MacDonald faced 35 shots.
The Islanders (21-6) are third in the provincial league, and have three games in hand on second place Dartmouth (23-6-1-0) and four games in hand on the first place Halifax McDonalds (26-4-0-1).
The West’s next pair of home games comes on January 20 (6 p.m.) and January 21 (noon). The Valley Wildcats (12-12-1-2) will be on the ice.
Novas lose pair
ANTIGONISH: The Nova Major Bantams were unable to garner a win last weekend when facing the Truro Bearcats on Saturday and the Wear Well Bombers on Sunday.
The score was 5-2 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday.
On Saturday, Truro and the Novas scored all their goals in the final period. Ryan Digout (from Dylan Chisholm and Luke Gould) and Lowell MacDonald (from Trey Sturge and Chisholm) handed the Nova scoring. In net was Kenzie MacPhail who faced 31 shots.
On Sunday, Jacob Cook (from Gould and goalie Brandon Connors) had the only goal for the Novas. Goalie Connors faced 18 shots.