TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians will have their hands full on Sunday when they host the Jr. Miners from Cape Breton in their next home game in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
The Scotians will also visit the Cole Harbour Colts on Friday.
The Miners entered the week with a 5-1 record to lead the Sid Rowe Division standings, while the Scotians are in fourth place after splitting weekend games against the Liverpool Privateers, dropping a 7-4 decision on Saturday in Liverpool before defeating the Privateers 4-2 on Sunday in Trenton.
“We haven’t seen them yet but they’re always tough,” Scotians head coach Al Whidden said regarding the Miners.
Gaetan Tremblay and Jacob Pentz gave the Scotians an early 2-0 lead on Saturday, but the Privateers surged back with four straight goals before the first period ended.
Goals by Jaron Bolivar and Luke Spicer helped draw the Scotians within one goal before Liverpool recorded two unanswered goals in the third period.
Liverpool outshot the Scotians 38-29.
Tremblay gave the Scotians a 3-2 lead in the second period on Sunday, while Bolivar added an insurance goal in the third period.
Ryan MacDonald and Jacob Pentz scored for the Scotians in the first period.
“It was a pretty good game,” Whidden said. “We had a full squad so that definitely helped.”
The Scotians had eight forwards and four defencemen by the end of the game on Saturday, along with an affiliated goaltender.
“We’re carrying 14 or 15 rookies and improving every game,” Whidden said. “We have 13 local players dressed, and it’s good to have local content.”
The Scotians trail the Strait Pirates and Antigonish Bulldogs by one point in the division standings.
Tremblay leads the Scotians and is tied for fourth place in the league with eight points that includes five goals and three assists.
Brendan Duff protects the puck from a Liverpool opponent behind the Scotians’ goal on Sunday during their NSJHL game. The Scotians won 4-2. (Goodwin photo)