TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians will face their biggest test of the season this week.
The Scotians will visit the Strait Pirates on Friday and host them on Sunday starting at 6 p.m. in Trenton in their next Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games.
The Pirates lead the Sid Rowe Division standings with 14 wins, one regulation loss and one overtime loss in 16 games for 29 points, seven more than the second-place Scotians. The Antigonish Bulldogs and the Membertou Jr. Miners are tied for third with 20 points apiece.
The Scotians split their games last weekend, losing 5-1 on Saturday to the host Liverpool Privateers before rebounding with a 5-3 victory on Sunday against the Sackville Blazers.
Jeremy McFarlane proved to be more than the Blazers could handle as he fired four goals to lead the Scotians’ win.
McFarlane scored the Scotians’ first three goals, giving them a 2-0 lead in the first period and a 3-1 lead in the third period. His fourth goal was scored on a power play with 1:11 remaining.
Colin Holmes also scored for the Scotians.
The Privateers led 2-0 after one, 4-0 after two periods and 5-0 in the third period before Cory McGrudden scored the Scotians’ lone goal.
McFarlane now has 17 goals and nine assists in 14 games for a tie for 10th in the league’s individual scoring race and third on the team.