LANTZ: The Pictou Scotians spoiled the East Hants Junior Penguins push for a fourth straight win—but just barely.
After getting out to what seemed like a comfortable 4-0 lead by early in the second period, the Scotians—the reigning Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League champions—held off a late surge by the Pens for a 6-4 victory Oct. 13 at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz.
East Hants scored twice in the third period, and then closed the gap to 5-4 with a shorthanded tally with 4:08 to play, but Pictou notched one 18 seconds later on the power-play for the two goal cushion, and eventual win.
Quinn MacDonald led the Pens attack with a goal and two assists, while Adam Peruzza shorthanded, Kyle Randall, and Mark Vokey each had a goal. Ben O’Ball chipped in with an assist.
Despite being pulled after four goals, Ryan Huestis was tall in net with several key saves that kept the score at 3-0 before being replaced. He was tagged with the loss. Brent Watters surrendered the final two goals in relief.
East Hants, who is in second two points back of Cole Harbour and four up on Valley Maple Leafs, now prepare to host the Brookfield Elks on Oct. 27, the two teams second meeting in a week. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the East Hants Sportsplex.
The Pens hit the road to Antigonish on Oct. 29.