Bombers split weekend hockey games


PICTOU — The Pictou County Wear Well Bombers had a mixed weekend in Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League action.

The Bombers followed a 5-4 victory over the East Hants Rangers on Saturday at the Hector Arena in Pictou with a 6-0 loss to the host Novas on Sunday in Antigonish.

Both the Rangers and Novas are tied for third place in the league standings.

The Bombers needed Logan Crosby’s goal with seven seconds remaining in the third period to defeat the Rangers.

They trailed the Rangers 1-0 after the first period despite outshooting them 16-3. They outshot the Rangers 35-7 over the game.

Crosby and Ben Wallace scored in the second period, but it left the Bombers trailing 3-2 as they entered the third period.

Reese Smith and Jayden Duplessis scored barely a minute apart early in the third period to give the Bombers a brief 4-3 lead.

The Novas scored twice in the second period and added four more goals in the third to dispatch the Bombers. They outshot the Bombers 32-30.

In previous games, the Bombers split their games by falling 4-3 on October 26 in Cole Harbour and defeating the Truro Bearcats 4-2 on October 27 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Duplessis’ second goal of the game tied it midway through the third period, but Cole Harbour won it with barely two minutes left.

The Bombers led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Duplessis and Eastyn Cameron. They outshot Cole Harbour 33-17.

Lane Lochead’s hat trick that included two power-play goals in the third period proved to be the difference for the Bombers against Truro.

Lochead opened the scoring, while Smith gave the Bombers a 2-1 lead in the second period.

The Bombers outshot the Bearcats 37-30.

The Bombers remain in ninth place with 11 points in league standings.

Crosby leads the Bombers and is 10th in points with seven based on 10 goals and seven assists.

Wallace has five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

Bombers’ forward Zachary MacInnis controls the puck during their game against the Rangers on Saturday in Pictou. The Bombers edged the Rangers 5-4. (Goodwin photo)