Bombers earn weekend split


PICTOU — A weekend split and a long road schedule have the Pictou County Wear Well Bombers hoping for a home-ice welcome later this month.

The Bombers got two goals from Landon MacDonald and a goal and two assists each from David Matthews and Cale MacDougall as they whipped the Joneljim Cougars from Cape Breton 6-1 on Sunday in a Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League game before nearly 200 fans at Hector Arena in Pictou.

“I think we’re getting a lot of support,” said head coach Jon Sim. “We’re away for awhile but we hope people will come out when we’re back. We’re a good team, we’re gritty and we play hard.”

Matt Carson and Ryan Green also scored for the Bombers, who outshot the Cougars 28-15 in the rare game in Pictou.

The Bombers roared to a 4-0 lead through one period and added a goal each in the next two periods.

The win answered the Bombers’ 2-1 loss to the host Bedford Barons on Saturday. Carson’s power-play goal for the Bombers tied the game in the second period. The Barons outshot the Bombers 37-19.

“It was great to win on Sunday,” Sim said. “I think we let a game slide on Saturday, but we came back with a strong effort on Sunday.”

The Bombers occupy second place and will visit the Western Hurricanes on Saturday in Liverpool and the Valley Wildcats on Sunday in Berwick in their games this weekend.

They will visit the Novas on November 11 in Antigonish and the Cougars on November 12 in Northside.

The Bombers’ next league games at home will be against the league’s top two teams — the Landworks Gulls on November 25 and the Truro Bearcats on November 26 — at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Bombers forward David Matthews tries to jam the puck into the Cougars’ goal on Sunday in Pictou. Matthews collected a goal and two assists as the Bombers defeated the Cougars 6-1. (Goodwin photo)

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