PORT HAWKESBURY: On Friday night, the Pirates took it to the visiting Bookfield Elks and skated away with a 7-1 win.
Devin Sceles and Joshua MacMillan scored in the first, MacMillan added another in the second along with Liam MacKinnon, Matthew Morgan and Branden Dauphinee, and Josh Foster popped one in the third before the Elks broke the shutout late in the game.
Pirate Peter Kopf stopped 26 of 27 shots.
Even with the convincing win, coach Taylor Lambke wasn’t overly happy with his team’s effort. The Elks are 0-10 in the league so far, scoring only 28 goals and allowing 76 in that span.
“It’s a hard game to get up for,” he said. “It’s 7-1 so we’ll take it and move on.”
Lambke said he feel the Pirates have to find their pace again.
“I think the last two games, we didn’t play at the speed we want to play at,” he said on Sunday afternoon. “I think our forwards have to do a better job of supporting our defence. I think our defence have to do a better job of getting the puck up the ice quicker. I think tonight’s going to be a big test against the Pictou County Scotians.”
The Pirates ended up winning that Sunday game 4-1, with MacKinnon scoring twice, Avery Warner managing a goal and assist, and Taylor Pierce also scored.
Pirate Cody Smith stopped 42 of 43 shots. Smith was named the Sid Rowe Division player of the month.
Smith posted an overall 2.17 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 359 minutes and 30 seconds of hockey. His big games were 3-2 wins over the Liverpool Privateers, a pair of wins over the Sackville Blazers by scores of 3-2 and 4-1, and a 6-4 win over Cole Harbour. His only loss was a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the East Hants Penguins.
With the pair of wins, the Pirates remain the number one team in the NSJHL with an 8-1-1 record.
The Pirates will host the Cumberland County Blues this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Coach Lambke thanked all fans for coming out and supporting the team.