Jr. Pens two wins away from NSJHL final

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East Hants has upper-hand as Cole Harbour goalies suffer injuries

LANTZ: The East Hants Junior Penguins are two games away from advancing to the NSJHL league final with a shot to punch their ticket to the Don Johnson Cup.

At press time on March 14, the Pens led the Fred Fox division final over the Cole Harbour Colts 2-0, with game 3 set for March 14; game four on March 17 in Dartmouth; and game five, if necessary, on March 18 in Lantz.

In the opening game, the three goaltenders for the two squads faced a barrage of rubber—with 126 pucks fired on net.

The Pens fired 71 shots at Cole Harbour goalies Jon Prall and player-turned-goaltender Jacob Rector, who was tagged with the 7-6 OT loss.

Mark Vokey’s second goal of the game was the game winner 1:03 into the extra frame, the first shot faced by Rector who was pulled into goaltending service after Prall was injured at the end of regulation.

Cole Harbour was without their regular backup, Kirklin Allen, after he was reportedly involved in a mvc on his way to the rink for the game.

Also scoring for the Pens were Quinn MacDonald with a pair, and single tallies from Kyle Randall and Ryan MacNeil. Assists went to Vokey and Chris Lanthier with two each, while MacDonald, Randall, Matt Peruzza, Jacob Roberts, Lucio Williams, Dylan Evans, David Martino, and Adam Peruzza each had a single helper.

Ryan Huestis turned away 49 of 55 shots he faced for the win.

Meanwhile, Prall stopped 64 of 70 pucks he faced before his injury.

In game two in Dartmouth on March 10, the offensive outburst from the two continued as they combined for eight goals in the first period—with East Hants going into the second ahead 5-3.

Leading the attack for the Pens was Adam Peruzza with a pair of goals, while Jesse Hamer, Mark Vokey, Ben O’Ball, Jeff Connors, Alex Anthony, David Martino, and Dylan Evans found the back of the net behind Cole Harbour goalies Joe Chambers and Griffin Kelly.

The two were call-ups from the Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack, who are hosting the Major Midget Atlantics in Lantz March 29-April 1.

Assists were credited to Hammer and Lucio Williams each with three; Voikey and MacDonald had two each. Other helpers were supplied by O’Ball, Connors, Ryan MacNeil, affiliate Matt Duggan, and Chris Lanthier.

Ryan Huestis turned away 30 of the 35 shots sent his way for the victory.

Chambers played just the first period, giving up five goals on 17 shots. Kelly came on in relief, surrendering four goals on 18 shots the rest of the way.

Game six and Game seven, if necessary, are set for March 23 in Dartmouth and March 25 in Lantz.

In the Sid Rowe semifinal, the Kameron Jr Miners from Cape Breton lead the Antigonish Bulldogs in their best-of-seven semifinal series 1-0.