Strait Pirates send Miners down a shaft to win division banner
The Strait Pirates captured the Sid Rowe Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League on Saturday in Membertou, defeating the Junior Miners 4-3 in game four of what was scheduled to be a seven-game series. Members of the team include, from left: (front) Cody Smith, Matthew Morgan, Avery Warner, Callum Jordan, Peter Kopf, Jacob Keagan; (back) Liam MacKinnon, Cullen MacEachern, Bryce Reynolds, Josh Foster, Randon MacKinnon, Hunter Woodland, Devin Sceles, Brendan Lanning, Taylor Pierce, Olan Spears, Josh MacMillan, Austin Woodland, Christian Papineau, Branden Dauphinee.
-by Bill Dunphy
If you don’t think it’s possible to punch 19 guys in the gut all at once, then you weren’t in Membertou on Saturday night.
With overtime looming after a third-period comeback by the Junior Miners, Joshua MacMillan delivered such a blow when he scored with 2.2 seconds left in regulation time to lift the Strait Pirates to a 4-3 win and a 4-0 sweep of the Sid Rowe Division final series.
It was a sweep, but not without the Pirates finding some interesting ways to win. In Friday’s game three at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Avery Warner scored at 10:30 of the second overtime period. And in game two last Saturday in Membertou, defenceman Liam MacKinnon scored the only goal of the game with 3:44 left in regulation, giving goaltender Cody Smith his third straight shutout win.