LOUISDALE: With 22 seconds left in the second period, Logan Cotton made an end-to-end rush on behalf of the Strait-Richmond Pirates to connect on Gabe MacKie, goalie for the Glace Bay Miners, and secure a 2-1 lead that resulted in a league championship for the maroon and white.
“He managed to pull off a beautiful shot, put the puck in the net, and that put us up going into the third period,” said coach John Grimes, just moments after the Pirates won the Cape Breton Pee Wee C League Championship.
“We were a little slow in the second period, but the first period was better,” he said. “We had a little break before the third, and we told the kids they were on their way to gold medals if they picked it up. They did, and we won it.”
The third period saw Cotton score once again, this time finishing on a breakaway. Also scoring for the Pirates was Campbell Young, who stuffed one in the first period. Zack O’Keefe had the Miner goal in the middle frame.
Sharing goaltending duties for Strait Richmond were Anna MacNeil and River MacKay.
Despite the Pirates pulling the win, the Miners had moments of offensive pressure all through the game. Coach Grimes credits his goalies and a good effort on the defensive side with the big win. The Miners seemed to have it in them to tie things up, but a late penalty kept Strait-Richmond on a man-advantage at the end of the game.
“We had a really good year,” he said. “The kids had a lot of fun once again.”
Solid goaltending and a good defense was the calling card of the Pirates during the playoffs, which started in shaky fashion. Strait-Richmond lost their first two games of playoffs (round robin style) before going undefeated. The Pirates faced the Miners in their final game prior to the championship, and Sara Bona connected with a pair of goals to win that one – earning them a place in the final game.