Scotians win hockey title


The Pictou County Scotians are Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League champions.

Riley Cameron scored three goals and Austin Donlevy added two others as the Scotians earned the league title on Friday with an 8-5 victory over the Liverpool Privateers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Ethan Snell and Jared Livingstone got the other goals.

The teams entered the third period tied 5-5 before the Scotians prevailed.

“It feels fantastic,” Scotians head coach Al Whidden said. “The boys played unbelievable in the playoffs. I think what the boys played through they thought they could beat anybody.”

The Scotians edged the host Liverpool Privateers 5-4 on Tuesday to take a 3-2 series lead. Robert Burrows scored twice and Cameron Allaby, Jacob Pentz and Ryan MacDonald got the other goals for the Scotians, who led 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 through the second period.

The Scotians built up a 5-1 lead in the third period and survived Derek Nelson’s genuine hat trick later in the period. Nelson also scored Liverpool’s first goal to give him four goals on the night.

Liverpool outshot the Scotians 41-37.

The Scotians answered a 4-3 loss on Saturday in Liverpool with a 5-2 triumph on Sunday at the Wellness Centre to tie the series at two games each.

Donlevy led the Scotians with two goals on Sunday, while MacDonald and Livingstone each collected one goal and one assist.

Donlevy and Livingstone scored in the first period to give the Scotians a 2-0 lead, while Donlevy and MacDonald snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period.

Brendan Duff scored the Scotians’ fifth goal on a blistering slap shot from the point in the third period, while the Scotians enjoyed the man advantage.

The Scotians outshot Liverpool 40-39.

In Liverpool on Saturday, the Scotians took the lead twice on goals by Duff and Blair Dewtie and then fell behind before William Kelly tied the game in the third period.

The Privateers notched the winning goal with less than four minutes remaining.

The Scotians outshot the Privateers 37-33, including 16-9 in the third period.

Scotians forward William Kelly, 16, watches as Riley Cameron, 17, tries to control the puck for a shot at the Liverpool goal on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The Scotians won the game 5-2. (Goodwin photo)

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