Scotians take series lead


TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians are one win away from a berth in the next round of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs in the sixth game of their best-of-seven Sid Rowe Division semifinal series on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Arena.

Should a seventh game be required, it will be in Antigonish on Sunday evening.

The Scotians got two goals each from William Kelly and Riley Cameron and broke open a close game with three goals in the second periods en route to a 5-1 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday in Antigonish.

Brendon Duff also scored for the Scotians in what was the fifth straight game in the series in which the road team has won.

The series winner will face the Junior Miners of Cape Breton, who swept their division series against the Strait Pirates in four games.

The Scotians have never trailed in the series, having opened with a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs in Antigonish on February 17 before the Bulldogs tied the series with a 4-3 victory in double overtime on February 19 in Trenton.

The Scotians won the third game 4-3 last Friday in Antigonish, but the Bulldogs tied the series on Sunday in Trenton with a 3-2 victory.

In that game, the Bulldogs they scored in the first period and the second period and never lost the lead.

Austin Donlevy scored for the Scotians in the second period, but the Bulldogs restored their two-goal lead early in the third period.

Riley Cameron got the Scotians’ second goal later in third period.

The Scotians outshot the Bulldogs 16-5 in the period but could not draw even before time expired.

In Antigonish last Friday, the Scotians took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Gaetan Tremblay and Jacob Pentz, while Brendon Duff scored the only goal of the second to give the Scotians a 3-1 lead.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the third period to tie the game before Roberts Burrows notched the winning goal shortly after.

The Scotians outshot Antigonish 28-26.

Gaetan Tremblay, 21, circles behind the Bulldogs net during recent playoff action. The Scotians answered a 3-2 loss last Sunday with a 5-1 victory in Antigonish to take a 3-2 lead in their playoff series. (Goodwin photo)

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