Pirates drop number two team in NSJHL

PORT HAWKESBURY: Nathan Hayes (set up by Mitch Warner) connected for the Strait Pirates with 2:58 left in the third period to force overtime and pave the way for a 5-4 shootout win for the maroon and white last Friday.
The Cole Harbour Colts were visiting the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, and they held a one-goal lead prior to Hayes scoring his tying goal. It was a big win for the Pirates, as the Colts are the number two team in the provincial Junior league.
“It was a big one for us, coming off three losses and playing the first place team in the other division,” said Pirate coach David Marston. “We played pretty well for the whole game, except two or three minutes where they scored two goals and took the lead from us, but we showed we can battle back.
“It was probably the hardest working and smartest game we had so far,” he said.
Garnering the win should show the guys that, when the effort is there, the Pirates can beat the best in the league.
“If you can beat Cole Harbour playing like that, you can beat pretty much anyone.”
For the Pirates’ part, the local guys are deadlocked with the Antigonish Bulldogs, Pictou Scotians, and Cumberland County Blues in a very competitive Sid Rowe division. Only one point separates second place from fifth in the division, with the Pirates currently sporting a 4-5 record (two of those wins were via shootout.)
Against the Colts, Cody Hinkley had a goal and assist, while Randon MacKinnon managed a pair of helpers. Hayes scored, and Joey Ramsey and Joseph MacDonnell also put the puck in the net. Troy Hillier and Warner added assists.
Matthew Stymest was in net for the Strait, and he stopped 32 of 36 shots.
The Pirates also played last Monday in Sackville, but the results weren’t known at press time. For full results, checkout the league Website at nsjhl.ca.
This Friday, the Liverpool Privateers will be in town for a 7:30 p.m. start against the Strait. The Pirates will be raising funds for a good cause that night.
“We’ll be collecting for Luke Spicer, the kid who got hurt playing in Pictou,” Coach Marston said. “We’ll have a donation bin for anyone who wants to help him out.”
Spicer is a Pictou Scotian who was seriously injured during a game against the Miners. The latest reports suggest Spicer is improving daily, but it’s not expected he’ll be returning to the league or university this year.