TRENTON — The Pictou County Scotians are preparing for two games against division rivals this weekend.
The Scotians will visit the Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday before hosting the Strait Pirates on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Trenton in their next Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games.
The Scotians occupy fourth place in the Sid Rowe Division after defeating the Cumberland County Blues 5-2 on Friday in Springhill and losing 9-6 to the Fred Fox Division leading Sackville Blazers on Sunday in Trenton.
Wayne Denny scored the Scotians’ first goal against the Blues to tie the game in the first period.
The Scotians answered an early 2-1 deficit in the second period with four unanswered goals — two by Robert Burrows and Jared Livingstone in the second period and two others by Connor Aucoin and Tyler Long (the latter into an empty net) in the third period.
The Blazers snapped a 1-1 tie after the first period with a six-goal explosion in the second period.
The Scotians trailed 7-3 entering the third period after a goal by Burrows in the first period and two by Sebastian Vella and Livingstone in the second period.
Briden Hawes and Zach Houston drew the Scotians within two goals of the lead before the Blazers took an 8-5 lead.
Long scored the Scotians’ sixth goal with 3:42 left in the third period and their net empty, but the Blazers ended the scoring with an empty-net goal of their own.
Ryan MacLellan leads the Scotians in points with 15 based on four goals and 11 assists.
Long has nine goals and five assists for 14 points.
The Scotians will follow with road games on November 15 in Port Hawkesbury and November 16 in Liverpool against the Privateers. They have no home game scheduled on November 17 but will host Liverpool on November 24.
The Scotian’s remaining schedule for the month has them visiting the Blazers on November 25 and the Blues on November 29.
Members of the Scotians crash the Blazers’ net for a rebound during the third period of the league game on Sunday in Trenton. The Blazers won 9-6. (Goodwin photo)