TRENTON — Three of a possible four points left Pictou County Scotians coach Brandon Verge satisfied if not pleased with the team’s outcome last weekend in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
The Scotians defeated the Cumberland County Blues 6-3 on Friday in Springhill and dropped a 4-3 shootout on Sunday in Trenton against the formidable East Hants Penguins.
“To be there with one of the top teams means a lot,” Verge said. “I’m very positive about this game. We’ll be a very hard team to beat any day.”
The Scotians’ game against the Penguins was the first of three scheduled games against Fred Fox Division teams this month. They will visit the Cole Harbour Colts on Friday and host the Valley Maple Leafs on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. in Trenton.
The Colts lead the Penguins by one point on top of the Fox Division. Both teams have won 13 games.
The Scotians remain in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, seven points behind the Jr. Miners of Cape Breton.
Jeremy McFarlane’s two goals and one assist on the other goal by Jacob Pentz led the Scotians’ offence against the Penguins.
Each team scored a goal in the first period, while the Scotians took the lead twice in the third period and the Penguins answered each time to force overtime.
The Scotians, who iced 12 skaters, enjoyed a power play for the last 1:54 of overtime but could not score.
“We outchanced them, but we were short-staffed with four players injured and two suspended,” Verge said. “I’m proud of the effort we put in.”
The Scotians never trailed in their win against the Blues and outshot them 52-27.
Names of the Scotians’ scorers were unavailable as of press time.
The Penguins have four players in the top 10 scoring list, including Stellarton native Mark Vokey in a tie for 10th place with Pentz with 10 goals and 12 assists.
Pentz has 12 goals and 10 assists.
Ian Keating, right, of the Scotians wheels behind the East Hants goal for a centring pass. (Goodwin photo)