TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians are winding down their regular season in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League with games against the Antigonish Bulldogs and Cumberland County Blues.
The Scotians enhanced their chances of finishing in second place in the Sid Rose Division after shutting out the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-0 in a re-scheduled game played on Tuesday in Antigonish.
The win moved the Scotians into sole possession of third place, two points behind the Bulldogs.
Goals by Riley Cameron and Luke Spicer in the first period and by Cameron and Robert Burrows in the third period supported Brandon MacDonald’s shutout goaltending.
The Scotians entered this week in a three-way tie for third place in the Sid Rowe Division after claiming one point in their two weekend games against the first-place Junior Miners from Cape Breton.
Their schedule includes one game against the Bulldogs in Trenton on Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. The game was moved from the Scotians’ customary Sunday home date to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl.
The Scotians’ remaining two games against the Blues will be played on February 10 in Springhill and on February 12 in Trenton. They need to win all four games if they hope to finish ahead of the Bulldogs in second place and secure home-ice advantage in the first playoff round.
There were two close games between the Scotians and the Miners. The Miners won the game Saturday in Membertou by a 3-2 margin in overtime and edged the Scotians 5-4 in regulation on Sunday in Trenton.
Austin Donlevy and Ryan Dunfield scored power-play goals 50 seconds apart in the second period on Saturday to give the Scotians a 2-0 lead, but the Miners scored late in the second period before tying the game in the third and winning in overtime.
Goals by Jacob Pentz and Brendon Duff gave the Scotians a 2-1 lead in the first period and Gaetan Tremblay gave them a 3-1 lead before the Miners tied the game in the second period.
Lucas Rushton restored the Scotians’s lead in the third period before the Miners tied the game with less than six minutes remaining and won it with 49 seconds left.