PORT HAWKESBURY: The Junior Pirates scored two wins in their last two games, dropping the visiting Cumberland County Blues 10-4 last Friday night and managing a big 4-1 win last Monday over the visiting Pictou Scotians.
The Monday night outing was the bigger win of the two games. Pictou is the number two team in the Pirates’ division, and still have a ghost of a chance of overtaking the Glace Bay Miners for top spot.
Be that as it may, Randon MacKinnon connected for three goals for the Strait, including the game winner. Cody Hinkley had a goal and two assists, and also good for helpers were Jackson Beck, Owen Higgins, and Will Stewart.
Goalie Matt Stymest was solid in net for the Strait.
Friday’s game wasn’t necessarily the most competitive one played in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League this season, as the Blues have been having an awfully rough season. The squad entered the game having won only one of its first 27 games.
And despite being below .500, the Pirates have a fair bit of horsepower in the offensive zone. The guys have a total of 123 goals scored in their first 30 games, numbers that aren’t that far off the division-leading Glace Bay.
Bryce Reynolds added four goals to his point total. Reynolds is in his first year with the Strait and has 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) in 26 games. Managing three point nights (a goal and two assists each) were Jordan Moss, Beck, Christian Papineau.
Josh Foster and MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist. Avery Warner and Hinkley both had two helpers, and Ryan Bakker had a goal.
Tossing in single helpers were Joshua MacMillan, Stewart, and Riley Keeling.
Even though the Strait won by six goals, Pirate goalie Stymest was busier than expected. He faced 45 shots, and most of those shots came in the second and third. The Strait led in shots 30-5 at the end of the first 20 minutes. The game ended with shots 45-43 in the Pirate favour.
Next Friday night, the Pirates will take to the ice at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre for their final home game of the 2017-18 regular season. The Antigonish Bulldogs will be in town for a 7:30 p.m. start.