TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians have a rare comeback in their sights.
The Scotians have rallied from three straight losses against the Antigonish Bulldogs with two wins to force a sixth game in their best-of-seven Sid Rowe Division semifinal series in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
Their latest win was by a 5-3 margin on Sunday before a large crowd in Trenton. It followed a 7-5 victory on February 20 in Antigonish that prevented a four-game sweep by the Bulldogs.
As in every game in the series, the Scotians could not secure a lead through the first period on Sunday, this time trailing 1-0.
The teams were tied 3-3 entering the third period when the Scotians broke the deadlock with goals by Jeremy McFarlane and Blair Dewtie.
Logan Rushton, Ryan Dunfield and Jacob Pentz collected the Scotians’ second-period goals.
Morgan Timmons’ third goal of the game into an empty net with 41 seconds left in the third period capped a four-goal explosion for the Scotians in Antigonish.
William Kelly, Logan Vandemeerakker, Colin Holmes and Ian Keating got the Scotians’ other goals, while Robert Burrows added four assists.
The Scotians opened a 2-0 lead but trailed 3-2 after the first period. They were down 4-2 before Kelly’s goal drew the Scotians to within one goal of the lead in the second period.
The winner of the Scotians-Bulldogs will advance to meet the Junior Miners of Cape Breton in the division final series.
The Miners swept the Strait Pirates in four games in their series.
The Scotians have a history of comebacks. They lost their first three games in an opening series against the Pirates before winning the next four games to win the series.
Members of the Pictou County Scotians try to free the puck from a Bulldogs opponent in the third period of their playoff game on Sunday in Trenton. The Scotians won 5-3 and now trail the best-of-seven Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League series three games to two. (Goodwin photo)