TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians could hardly have asked for a better start to their season.
The Scotians, who are idle this Sunday, opened their regular season in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League by defeating the host Cole Harbour Colts 8-5 on Friday and posting a 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting East Hants Penguins on Sunday.
“These are big wins, given they’re against two of the top teams last season,” said Phil Lynds, who is in his first full season behind the Scotians’ bench. “The defence stepped up, so I’m very pleased with that.”
Jacob Pentz one-timed a cross-ice centring pass from William Kelly for the winning goal on a power-play a minute 40 seconds into overtime for the Scotians.
The Scotians appeared to have the game in hand in the third period when Logan Vandemeerakker gave them a 4-2 lead. But the Penguin scored twice in the last three minutes to force extra time.
Jeremy McFarlane skated the Scotians to a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Penguins got on the scoreboard.
Kelly scored for the Scotians in the second period, but the Penguins answered before the period ended.
The Penguins outshot the Scotians 41-32, including 35-18 after the first period.
Pentz’s goal was the Scotians’ only shot on goal in overtime.
Pentz, Kelly and McFarlane each scored twice and Vandemeerakker recorded one goal and six assists for the Scotians against the Colts.
Colin Holmes also scored for the Scotians.
The Scotians led 1-0 after the first period and 5-2 entering the third period when the teams traded three goals apiece. They outshot the Colts 38-28.
The Scotians have a rare Sunday without a home game this weekend. They will visit the Sackville Blazers on Monday before visiting the Penguins on October 12 and hosting the Cumberland County Blues at 6 p.m. on October 14.
Scotians’ William Kelly is poised to set up the winning overtime goal against the Penguins. (Goodwin photo)