TRENTON – Just as the floor was falling out from under the Pictou County Scotians’ hockey season, they’ve found a way to keep playing.
The Scotians used a four-goal third-period rally to reverse a 4-2 deficit on Tuesday as they defeated the host Antigonish Bulldogs 7-5 in the fourth game of their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series.
The win means the Scotians trail the best-of-seven series three games to one and sends it back to Trenton for the fifth game on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Trenton.
Morgan Timmons’ third goal of the game into an empty net with 41 seconds left in the third period completed the Scotians’ comeback. Logan Vandemeerakker, William Kelly, Ian Keating and Colin Holmes also scored for the Scotians.
Although the Scotians took an early 2-0 lead on Tuesday, it was the fourth straight game that they ended the first period without a lead.
The Scotians lost their first three games of the Sid Rowe Division semifinal series with the Bulldogs, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Sunday in Trenton.
Every game became progressively closer for the Scotians after they lost the opener 5-2 last Wednesday at home and lost the second game 4-3 on Friday in Antigonish.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period in the first game but the Bulldogs scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 5-1 lead.
Timmons scored for the Scotians in the first period, while Holmes added a shorthanded goal late in the third period. Blair Dewtie assisted on both goals.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first period and once in the second period for a 3-0 lead on Friday in Antigonish.
The Scotians drew even on Lucas Rushton’s goal in the second period and goals by Dewtie and Vandemeerakker in the third period, but the Bulldogs notched the winning goal with 1:17 remaining.
The Bulldogs scored once in the first period and once in the second period for a 2-0 lead on Sunday in Trenton.
Kelly scored the Scotians’ first goal in the second period, while James Murphy’s goal with 2:22 left in the third period tied the game and forced overtime.
The Bulldogs’ winning goal came on a deflected point shot early in the overtime.
Scotians’ Kirklin Murray wheels with the puck from behind his goal during playoff action with the Antigonish Bulldogs on Sunday in Trenton. The Bulldogs defeated the Scotians 3-2 in overtime to take a 3-0 series lead into the next game scheduled for Tuesday. (Goodwin photo)