TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians will play the Junior Miners from Cape Breton twice this weekend in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
The teams will meet on Saturday in Membertou and on Sunday at 7 p.m. on Trenton.
The Scotians head into this week comfortably in second place in the Sid Rowe Division with 17 points, six fewer than the Miners. Two regulation wins would draw the Scotians into a tie with the Miners for first place.
The scenario has arisen after the Scotians’ two weekend wins that included a 5-4 overtime victory over the Valley Maple Leafs on Friday in Windsor and an 11-3 romp against the Cumberland County Blues on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
“We’ll have two tough games against the Miners, so I hope the boys come ready to play,” Scotians coach Brando Verge said. “It’s two teams going at it for first place.”
Nicholas Fewer scored the winning goal for the Scotians with 33 seconds left in the overtime period against the Leafs.
The Leafs scored twice in the third period and tied the game with 12 seconds remaining.
The Scotians held the lead to that point with two goals 23 seconds apart in the first period by Fewer and James Murphy.
Jeremy McFarlane and Jacob Pentz scored for the Scotians in the second period that ended with them leading 4-2.
The Leafs outshot the Scotians 41-37, including 20-5 in the third period.
The outcome of Sunday’s game was hardly in doubt as the Scotians took a 5-0 lead in the first period and outshot the Blues 60-28.
McFarlane registered a hat trick, while Ryan Dunfield and Logan Vandemeerakker each scored twice and William Kelly collected a goal and three assists.
Pentz, Jared Livingstone and Ethan Snell also scored.
“It was a good four-point weekend and it was something we needed,” Verge said. “It was good to see people get on the score sheet. We needed to play 60 minutes on Friday because that’s why we didn’t win in regulation.”
The game was played at the Wellness Centre due to ice problems at the Trenton Community Arena that were repaired over the weekend so that the arena could reopen on Monday.
Pentz leads the Scotians’ offence with nine goals and eight assists in 12 games.
Logan Vandemeerakker, 17, slides the puck into the next for the Scotians during the third period of their 11-3 victory over the Blues on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)