Pens rally, but fall short to Scotians in NSJHL play

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.

Adam Peruzza is pinned against the boards by a Pictou Scotian during NSJHL play at the East Hants Sportsplex on Oct. 14. Pictou won the game 6-4. (Healey photo)

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.

Quinn MacDonald of the East Hants Junior Penguins fends off an attack from a Pictou Scotian during game action on Oct. 14 at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex. MacDonald had a goal and two assists in his Pens 6-4 loss to the Scotians, snapping their three game win streak. (Healey photo)

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.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!