TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians have turned some heads by winning the first two games of their playoff round against the Junior Miners of Cape Breton.
The Scotians followed a 3-2 victory in the first game in Membertou by taking a 2-0 lead in the series with a 3-1 victory on Sunday in Trenton.
The teams are scheduled to meet in the third game on Saturday in Membertou and in the fourth game on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Trenton in the series that will decide the Sid Rowe Division champion.
“It’s been a total team effort,” Scotians head coach Al Whidden said after Sunday’s game. “We’ve made some adjustments and have been playing well since then. The boys have played two very good games. We’re shaking up the league but we’re only halfway there.”
Jacob Pentz gave the Scotians a 1-0 lead in the first period of their game on Saturday. It was one of just three shots in the period, while the Miners took 11 shots.
Pentz was the late hero when his second goal of the game in overtime lifted the Scotians to the win. It was the Scotians’ only shot in overtime against four shot by the Miners, who outshot the Scotians 35-26 during the game.
Blair Dewtie and William Kelly scored power-play goals for the Scotians on Sunday, while Colin Holmes got their other goal.
The fifth game, if necessary, will be played in Membertou on March 21, while the sixth game will be on March 26 in Trenton.
The Miners finished first by a wide margin in the Sid Rowe Division, while the Scotians ousted the second-place Antigonish Bulldogs in six games to join the Miners in the division final.
The winner will contest the league championship against the winner of the Fred Fox Division that is being contested by Liverpool Privateers and the Valley Maple Leafs.
Scotians defenceman races for the puck in their end during the third period of their NSJHL playoff game on Sunday in Trenton. The Scotians won the game 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their series. (Goodwin photo)