Highlanders sweep Truro to advance to U16 AAA semifinal
Logan McGrath scored two huge goals for the Cabot Highlanders on Thursday as they clinched their U16 AAA playoff series with Truro, scoring the tying goal to force overtime and then the winning goal in the second OT period.
April 7, 2021
-by Bill Dunphy
The Cabot Highlanders might have been underdogs on paper in their first-round playoff series against the Fundy Thunder, but they were anything but on the ice.
The wrath of McGrath, with a brilliant goal in the second overtime period of game three on Thursday, propelled the Highlanders past the Thunder and into the next round of the Nova Scotia U16 AAA Hockey League playoffs.
Up 2-0 in the best-of-five series, it was do-or-die for the Truro-based team at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, who came out hard to score 52 seconds into the game on a screen shot that rattled through the pads of Highlanders netminder Cole Goss.
The Highlanders had the first powerplay opportunity of the game and made the most of it when Cody MacDougall set up Jack Taylor cutting through the slot to put one behind Thunder goalie Michael Peters.
The Thunder took advantage of a flat second period by the Highlanders, outshooting the home team 9-4 and scoring the only goal of the frame on their first powerply to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.