PORT HAWKESBURY: It was a tough weekend for the Strait Pirates, with the team skating away with a pair of points despite also adding two notches in the loss column.
On Friday night at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the Pirates dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Junior Miners. Bryce Reynolds scored twice in the first period to give the Pirates an early 2-0 lead before the Miners tied the game. Joshua MacMillan gave the Pirates the lead again only for the Miners to tie it less 20 seconds later.
Cruz Pazos and Jacob Keagan gave the Pirates another two-goal lead in the second period but the Miners tied things up again in the third before scoring in overtime.
On Saturday, the Antigonish AA Munro Junior B Bulldogs pulled out a 4-3 win via shoot-out.
The Bulldogs provided the only scoring in the first period and added two more in the second with only Gregor Yoell responding for the Pirates until the third period. Avery Warner scored twice in the third forcing overtime, which solved nothing.
Pirate coach Taylor Lambke said he didn’t think the team played particularly well in either game, noting they learned a lot about what it is going to take to win the division this year.
The Miners and Bulldogs are the top two teams in the Sid Rowe division with the Pirates, but only four points separate the three teams.
“We lose both in shoot-out and overtime and we had chances to win,” said Lambke. “We’re right there. We’ve just got to make some adjustments. We’ve got to battle and compete a little harder, tighten up a little bit with up our structure but I think, overall, the positive we take out of the weekend is that we get two points out of it and we didn’t play our best game in either game.”
The Pirates are on the road this weekend, taking on the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill before heading to Trenton for a game against the Pictou County Scotians on Sunday.
Their next home game is November 15 against the Scotians.