LANTZ: The East Hants Junior Penguins hockey season has come to an end—sort of.
East Hants was swept by the Glace Bay Miners ion four straight games in the NSJHL championship final, losing the final two games on the road at the Membertou Sports & Wellness Centre in Sydney. That would normally mean the losers season would be over.
However, the Miners are host of the Don Johnson Cup, being held next week, and thus both NSJHL Finalists are in it so East Hants will regroup, rest up and work on their game strategy through practices in preparation for the tournament, featuring the best Junior B squads from across Atlantic Canada.
In game four, the Miners scored four times unanswered in the third period to rally from a 4-2 deficit for a 6-4 victory before a close to full house.
Quinn MacDonald scored twice to lead the Penguins attack. Kyle Randall and Adam Peruzza each added single markers. Matt Peruzza chipped in with three helpers, while MacDonald added two.
Ryan Huestis surrendered five goals on 28 shots in getting the loss.
On April 6 in Sydney, the Miners opened the scoring but East Hants came right back. Glace Bay kept the Pens to two goals or less for the third straight game in a 3-2 win—the same score they won the previous game by.
Alex Anthony had a goal and an assist in the contest. Jeff Connors chipped in a single tally.
Chris Lanthier, Ryan MacNeil, and Lucio Williams added helpers.
Ryan Huestis suffered the loss in goal, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
The Pens walked away from the league year-end awards with a boatload of hardware. That included Quinn MacDonald picking up the Top Scorer and League MVP honours; Alex Anthony was named top defenceman; the Coach of the Year went to Laurie Isenor of the Pens; Adan Peruzza was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Year.