TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians will begin in earnest to defend their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship when they meet the Antigonish Bulldogs in their first playoff round.
The Scotians finished second in the division and drew the third-place Bulldogs in their first playoff series. They won the 2017 league title by ousting the Junior Miners of Cape Breton in their division final series defeating the Fred Fox Division’s Liverpool Privateers for the championship.
The Scotians finished the regular season on a winning note with a 6-4 home-ice victory over the Strait Pirates on Sunday.
The Pirates took the lead four times, but the Scotians scored three straight goals in the third period to win the game.
Logan Vandermeerakker, Jacob Pentz and Colin Holmes all had four-point nights with Vandermeerakker scoring twice. Holmes had a goal and three assists and Pentz added four assists.
Morgan Timmons, with a goal and three assists, Lucas Rushton and Robert Burrows also scored for the Scotians.
Ryan Dunfield scored with nine seconds left in overtime on February 5 as the Scotians recorded their other win last week by a 5-4 margin against the host Sackville Blazers. David Culberson, Jared Livingstone, Holmes and Burrow also scored.
Pentz ended up eighth in the league’s individual scoring race with 20 goals and29 assists in 34 games.
Morgan Timmons chases the puck during a recent league game with the Antigonish Bulldogs. The teams will meet in the Sid Rowe semifinal playoff series. (Goodwin photo)