Scotians clinch third spot

Pictou Advocate sports

TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians have improved their playoff position in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Robert Burrows and Gaetan Tremblay scored in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie as the Scotians defeated the Cumberland County Blues 5-3 on Sunday to clinch third place in the league’s Sid Rowe Division.

The win allowed the Scotians to earn a split of their two games with the Blues by reversing a 5-4 loss on Friday in Springhill.

Tremblay’s goal was his second of the game. His first goal gave the Scotians a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

Riley Cameron tied the game in the first period for the Scotians, while Austin Donlevy got their other goal in the second period.

Brendon Duff’s second goal of the game in the third period on Friday lifted the Scotians into a 4-4 tie, but the Blues tallied the winning goal with 49 seconds left in the period.

Jacob Pentz and Tremblay gave the Scotians an early 2-0 lead in the first period.

Duff’s first goal of the game in the second period gave the Scotians a 3-2 lead.

The Scotians’ loss, coupled with the Antigonish Bulldogs’ 5-4 victory over the Junior Miners of Cape Breton on Saturday, allowed the Bulldogs to secure second place in the division by three points over the Scotians.

The Strait Pirates ended up fourth and the Blues fifth in the division.

Duff’s overtime goal helped the Scotians to a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs on February 6 that helped keep the Scotians within range of second place before their loss on Friday.

The Scotians and Bulldogs will begin their division semifinal series on Friday in Antigonish.

The Scotians will host the Bulldogs in the second game on Sunday, visit the Bulldogs on February 24 and host them on February 26.

Both home games for the Scotians will start at 7 p.m.

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.