PORT HAWKESBURY: The Strait Pirates remain atop the Sid Rowe division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League after splitting a pair of games against Cole Harbour last week.
On October 17 in Cole Harbour, the Colts snuck by the Pirates 3-2 in overtime.
The game was 1-0 Strait Pirates after Braden Dauphinee scored with 1:18 to play in the opening frame. That was all the scoring until there was 7:58 left in the third when the Colts scored on a penalty shot. The 1-1 tie did not last long, as only 49 seconds later, Josh Foster made it 2-1 Pirates on a power-play goal. It then came down to the game’s final 11 seconds when the Colts sent it to overtime.
It appeared as if the game was headed for a shoot-out until Nicholas Buckborough slipped one past the Port Hawkesbury net minder with only one second left in overtime. The Strait Pirates outshot the Colts in the opening three periods by counts of 18-4, 12-11 and 12-10 before the Colts managed the only two shots on net in the overtime for a game total of 42-27 Port Hawkesbury.
Zachary Mason was brilliant in the Colts net turning away 40 of 42 shots.
In the second game in three nights between the two teams, the Pirates beat Cole Harbour 6-4 in Port Hawkesbury on October 19.
The Strait Pirates took period leads of 2-1 and had an explosive second period when they outshot the Colts 18-8 and scored four unanswered goals after the Colts tied the game early in the second.
Bryce Reynolds tallied twice for the Pirates, his sixth and seventh goals of the season, as the Pirates improved to 6-1-1, good for 13 points overall.
Dauphinee scored his fourth of the year on the power-play to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first with other Pirate goals coming from Ryan Bakker, Joshua MacMillan on the power-play and Randon MacKinnon’s fifth goal of the season. The Pirates outshot the Colts 39-28 over the 60 minutes of hockey.
With the win, the Pirates moved three points ahead of the Antigonish Bulldogs and four ahead of the Junior Miners.