The Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs will host the Brookfield Elks Friday at the Antigonish Arena.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.
“We are in a very good place in a lot of areas and in a lot of ways,” first-year Bulldogs’ head coach David Synishin said.
He noted the team’s ongoing improvement in the ‘D’ zone.
“It is always a key for any team to be successful and it is something that we are going to continue work on,” Synishin said of the Bulldogs’ defensive effort.
On the strength of three-point games from Devin MacLaughlin and Ryan Kennedy, the Bulldogs skated to a 6-3 home win, Jan. 26, over the Sid Rowe division-leading Kameron Miners.
“We have played well against them this season. We have been able to put some things in place that they are having trouble with,” Synishin said of the Sid Rowe division leaders.
MacLaughlin, with his first of two power-play goals in the opening 10 minutes of the first period, gave Antigonish a 1-0 edge.
Giordano Saputo and Kennedy provided the assists.
Patrik MacIsaac, with his first of two goals, doubled the Bulldog advantage, on an assist from Jacob Tompkins.
Kennedy and Taylor Leger contributed the helpers on the MacLaughlin marker that made it 3-0.
The Bulldogs led 3-1 after the first period.
In the second, after the Miners trimmed the lead to one goal, MacIsaac gave the home side a 4-2 lead.
Tompkins, with his second, and Dylan MacLean assisted.
In the third period, on another man advantage, Kennedy upped the Bulldog margin to 5-2.
MacLaughlin and Brian MacDougall notched the assists.
After the Miners made it 5-3, Logan DeYoung sealed the deal with an unassisted, empty-net goal.
Charles Jensen made 28 stops for the win.
A home match-up with the Cumberland County Blues, Jan. 30, which was rescheduled from earlier in the regular season, was, once again, postponed due to weather.
Back in action
The Bulldogs and rival Strait Pirates battled in a home-and-home series over the weekend.
Results were unavailable at press time.
The Bulldogs will travel to Membertou Saturday to face the Miners.
Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Synishin said the team, mentally, is in a “pretty good place.”
“We need that to continue and keep it going heading into the playoffs,” Synishin said.