Scotians ousted from playoffs


TRENTON – The Pictou County Scotians’ hockey season had ended.

The Junior Miners of Cape Breton defeated the Scotians 7-5 on Thursday in Membertou to win their Sid Rowe Division best-of-seven semifinal series four games to one.

Jacob Pentz gave the Scotians an early 1-0 lead but the Miners led 2-1 after the first period and opened a 4-1 lead in the second period.

The Scotians got two goals from Logan Vandemerakker and one from William Kelly to tie the game in the second period, but the Miners answered with three straight goals of their own in the third period to retake the lead.

Gillis Cox tallied for the Scotians later in the period to end the scoring.

The Scotians outshot the Miners 47-32, including 20-12 in the second period and 14-6 in the third.

The Miners took a 3-1 series lead last weekend by defeating the Scotians 8-2 on Friday in Membertou and 3-1 on Sunday in Trenton.

The Miners took a 1-0 lead in the third period before Jared Livingstone tied the game for the Scotians in Trenton.

The Miners retook the lead just 12 seconds later and added an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining.

The Scotians were outshot 23-10 in the first period but had a 41-37 edge in shots over the game.

The Miners led the Scotians 4-0 after the first period and had a 5-0 lead in the second period before the Scotians answered with goals from Vandemeerakker and Campbell Burrows.

The Miners outshot the Scotians 44-32.

The Miners opened the series with a 4-0 victory on February 27, while the Scotians responded the following night with a 7-3 victory to tie the series a one game each.

Pentz’s second goal of the game ignited a four-goal third period for the Scotians.

Pentz, Caelan Blaikie and Livingstone gave the Scotians a 3-1 lead after the first period.

Burrows, Jeremy McFarlane and  Kelly also scored in the third period.

The Miners will advance to the Sid Rowe final series against the winner of the other semifinal series between the Strait Pirates and the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Pirates finished first by a wide margin in the regular season, but the Bulldogs took a 3-1 series lead into the fifth game of the series scheduled for tonight in Port Hawkesbury.

Scotians forward Cory McCrudden tries to control the puck in front of the Miners’ net on February 28 in Trenton. The Scotians won the game 7-3 but the Miners won the next three games to win the series and eliminate the Scotians from the playoffs. (Goodwin photo)