The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs recorded 100 shots on goal in splitting a pair of recent Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games.
On the road (Nov. 12), the Bulldogs scored five unanswered goals in the third period to secure an 8-4 doubling of the Cumberland County Blues, in Springhill.
“We are playing better each week,” Bulldogs head coach David Synishin said, noting the players are “getting more pucks to the net.”
Brian MacDougall and Devin MacLaughlin led the offense with three points apiece – both contributing one goal and two assists.
Giordano Saputo – in his 100th game in Black and Gold – and Jacob Tompkins contributed two goals each, while Kurt MacLaughlin, who also notched one assist, and Patrik MacIsaac added singles.
Logan DeYoung chipped in two assists.
Jared Green made 14 stops in the win.
Two nights earlier (Nov. 10), at home, despite holding a 31 to 15 shots-on-goal advantage, the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to the Sackville Blazers.
“The boys really wanted to win that one but, sometimes in sports, things don’t go your way, which was the case in this one,” Synishin said.
“But, as I said, we are moving in the right direction, that’s for sure.”
Trailing 2-0 after two periods, Saputo sliced the Blazer edge in half, on assists from Devin MacLaughlin and Andrew Boyle, but the Bulldogs could get no closer.
Green made 13 saves in the loss.
Between the pipes, Charles Jensen, who played last season with the club, is back practicing with the Bulldogs, while veteran defenseman Kieran Devine – who garnered the team’s playoff MVP award in 2017 – will return to the blue line in early December.
“I really like our line-up – we have a lot of depth – and everyone is working hard,” Synishin said.
The Strait Pirates exploded for five goals – in both the first and third periods – en route to an 11-4 home win, Nov. 10, over the Brookfield Elks.
Bryce Reynolds led the Pirate offense with five points – two goals and three assists – while Cody Hinkley notched a hat-trick as part of a four-point effort.
Morgan Timmons chipped in four assists, while Devin Sceles, Avery Warner, Dawson MacLean, Nicholas MacGillivray, Olan Spears and Christian Papineau contributed single markers.
The Pirates finished with 47 shots, while Matthew Stymest made 12 saves for the victory.
Over the weekend, the rival Pirates and Bulldogs battled Nov. 17 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
The Strait battled the Cole Harbour Colts (Nov. 18), while the Bulldogs hosted the Blues one night later (Nov. 19).
Results for these three games were unavailable at press time.
Back in action
Both teams will be back in action Friday night, with the Bulldogs on the road against the East Hants Penguins, while the Pirates will welcome the Liverpool Privateers.
Puck drop is set for the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.
Two nights later (Nov. 26), the Pirates will visit the Junior Miners in Membertou, while the Bulldogs will host the Blues.
Face-off at the Antigonish Arena is 7:30 p.m.