Strait Pirates drop Pictou, lose to Antigonish

PORT HAWKESBURY: It was a tale of two games.

The Strait Pirates came away with a couple of points after a pair of lopsided games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League over the weekend.

On Friday, the Pirates stuck it to the visiting Pictou County Scotians and came away with a 12-0 win. Fifteen different Pirates found their names on the score sheet, with eight players recording multiple points. Avery Warner, Josh Foster, and Gregor Yoell each had a pair of goals, with singles coming from Jacob Keagan, Branden Dauphinee, Bryce Reynolds, Jason Johnson, Hunter Woodland, and Ty Tracey.

The Pirates led 8-0 after the first period, scored twice in the second, and added two more in the third.

“I thought Friday night we played probably our best game of the year,” said head coach Taylor Lambke. “I thought we were ready to play and we played a full 60 minutes. The 12-0 win is nice but not giving up any goals is what we took pride in Friday night.”

Lambke said the last 40 minutes of the game didn’t see a lot of intensity or pace.

On Sunday, it was a reversal of fortune as the Pirates found themselves down early against the Antigonish Bulldogs and couldn’t recover in an 8-2 loss. Foster and Dauphinee scored for the Pirates against the Bulldogs.

Lambke said the Bulldogs were ready for the Pirates and came out hard.

“I thought we started the game well…it just seemed like their first three or four shots went in the net,” he said. “You’re chasing the game down 4-0 and you’re going to start taking some chances and push a little bit. Unfortunately we couldn’t score and ended up giving up some more at the other end.”

The Pirates are at home to the league leading Sackville Blazers on Friday night before heading to East Hants to take on the Penguins on Sunday. Lambke said both games will be tough, as the Blazers and Penguins are the top two teams in the Fox division. The Pirates sit third in the Sid Rowe division.