A third-period rally fell short as the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs dropped a 5-3 decision to the East Hants Penguins in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action.
The teams faced-off Oct. 29 at the Antigonish Arena.
After surrendering three unanswered goals in the first period, the Bulldogs trailed 4-0, when Mark Vokey scored six minutes into the third period.
Defenseman Brendan Richards started the Bulldog rally, on assists from Liam Roland and Josh Avery.
Less than two minutes later, Devin MacLaughlin sliced the deficit to two, on a Richards’ assist.
On the power play, the Bulldogs made it 4-3, with team captain Brian MacDougall, from MacLaughlin and Declan Murphy, finding the back of the net.
With the home side buzzing, a couple penalties and an insurance goal from Vokey – his fourth point of the night – dashed the Antigonish comeback effort.
Braden Henwood made 18 saves in the loss.
Two nights earlier (Oct. 27), the Bulldogs trailed 5-0 after the first period in a 12-3 loss to the Cole Harbour Colts.
Patrick MacIsaac, unassisted, and Roland, from Connor Fraser scored power-play goals for the Bulldogs.
MacDougall, from Giovanni Akeson, and Murphy, tallied at even strength.
Logan Kennedy, who replaced Henwood in the first period, made 19 saves in the loss.
Pirates work overtime
The Strait Pirates split a pair of recent games, including a 4-3 victory – in a shootout – over the defending league champion Pictou County Scotians.
The Pirates trailed 2-1 after the first period, with Cody Hinkley scoring, on an assist from Bryce Reynolds.
Reynolds added the lone tally of the second period, on helpers from Christian Papineau and Devin Sceles, to knot the contest.
Trailing by one goal in the third period, Dawson MacLean scored on a penalty shot to force overtime.
Antigonish native Peter Kopf made 54 saves in the road win.
Two nights earlier (Oct. 27), at home, the Pirates dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Sackville Blazers.
After falling behind 3-0, Joshua MacMillan put the home side on the board, midway through the second period, on assists from Josh Foster and Jordan Moss.
On markers from William Stewart, on Morgan Timmons and MacLean assists, and Jackson Beck, from Nicholas MacGillivray and Sceles, the Pirates pulled within one goal (4-3) heading to the third period.
Beck, with his second of the game, scored the lone third-period goal to force the extra session.
Papineau notched the lone assist.
Matthew Stymest made 26 saves in the loss.
Back on the ice
In recent action, the Bulldogs visited the Liverpool Privateers Nov. 4, while one night earlier, the Pirates hosted the Junior Miners (Nov. 3).
Results of both match-ups were unavailable at press time.
Each team will be on home ice Friday (Nov. 10), with the Pirates hosting the Brookfield Elks and Bulldogs welcoming the Sackville Blazers.
Puck drop for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.
Sunday night (Nov. 12), the Bulldogs will travel to Springhill to face-off against the Cumberland County Blues.