PORT HAWKESBURY: The Strait Pirates will enter game six of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship series in a do-or-die situation.
The sixth game will take place in Sackville this Friday, and the host Blazers are nursing a 3-2 series lead in the best-of-seven showdown.
Last night (Tuesday, April 16) the Blazers came out strong in game five, running up a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the first period. Cameron Ritcey connected for the Blazers right off a face-off in the Pirate end with 2:58 played.
Like Ritcey, Blazer Andrew Picot scored with the help of a screen just 4:27 in. With 9:18 played, Nick Cullen scored on a power play to give Sackville a 3-0 lead.
Shots were 11-10 at the end of the first frame. The second period saw the Strait outshoot their opponents 19-5, and that was helped along by six Blazer minor penalties. Pirate Bryce Reynolds (from Joshua MacMillan) went to the top corner on a power play with six minutes left in the frame.
Midway through the third period, Josh Foster (from Matthew Morgan and Taylor Pierce) rounded out the Strait scoring. That period saw the Pirates outshoot the Blazers 10-6.
Should the Pirates win this Friday, game seven will be Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.