The Pictou County Wear Well Bombers salvaged a split of two weekend games in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.
The Bombers answered a 5-1 loss to the All Credit Auto Rangers on Saturday in Lantz by hedging the Dartmouth Whalers 5-4 on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The Bombers’ game with the Whalers was their first of two home games against them. The teams will meet at 11:30 a.m. next Sunday at the Wellness Centre.
Blaise MacDonald and Landon Sim gave the Bombers a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Bombers needed goals by Thomas Schnare and Ryan Green in the third period to ensure the win.
Cale MacLaughlin gave the Bombers a 3-1 lead in the second period.
The Whalers drew within one goal of the Bombers with barely four minutes left in the third period.
Shots on goal were 34-25 in the Bombers’ favour.
“I thought we laid back a bit but we got a winning result,” Bombers head coach Jon Sim said.
The Rangers outscored the Bombers 2-1 in the second period on Saturday and blew the game open with three unanswered goals in the third period while outshooting the Bombers 25-23.
Lucas Canning scored the Bombers’ goal.
Sim said he was satisfied with how the Bombers performed playing three of the league’s top teams in the Landworks Gull, Truro Bearcats and the Rangers
“We let our guard down for a few minutes, but the kids still played hard,” he said. “It was three hard games before Sunday.”
Last weekend’s results leave the Bombers alone in sixth place entering this week’s action.
The Bombers will visit the ACCEL Hawks in Halifax on Saturday before hosting the Whalers.
They will play their other two games in December at home against the Bedford Barons starting at 5:30 p.m. on December 16 and the Valley Wildcats starting at 12:15 p.m. on December 17.
“There are no easy games in this league but these are winnable games and we need to win them,” Sim said.
Matt Carson leads the Bombers’ offence with 11 goals and eight assists in 18 games.