Veteran forward Ricky Bowie scored four goals for the Heatherton Warriors in a 6-4 victory over the County Outlaws, Jan. 27, in Antigonish Rural League action.
With 48 seconds remaining in the third period, on the power play, Bowie scored the game-clincher on assists from Mike Tobin and Kory Tate.
In the first period, the teams traded two goals apiece, with Bowie opening the scoring, on assists from Milan Boyd and Tate.
Ryan Langille, from Josh Landry and Cody March, evened the contest.
Bowie regained the Warrior edge, on helpers from Tobin and Josh Van der Linden.
The Outlaws, once again, pulled even, when Dan MacDougall converted a set-up from Evan MacDonald and Tyler McLaren.
In the second, Rielly Bowie, with his 10th of the season, made it 3-2 for the Warriors.
Before the end of the period, Cody March scored twice to give the Outlaws a 4-3 advantage.
Josh Landry, with two of his three, and Colby Van Oirschot, assisted on those goals.
In the third period, Ricky Bowie fired the equalizer – from Dale MacIntosh and Tobin, who had three assists – before his aforementioned last-minute heroics.
Van der Linden sealed the victory with an unassisted, empty-net goal.
Jackie MacDonald made 32 saves for the win, while Keagan Butler finished with 25 stops in the loss.
MacKenzie scores pair
Brandon MacKenzie scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Pleasantdale Panthers skated to a 4-2 win over the St. Croix Angels.
In the first, MacKenzie opened the scoring, from Floyd MacDonald and Brandon Verge.
Lucas Theriault of the Angels, on assists from Steve Doyle and Mike Mills, knotted the contest.
With one second remaining in the period, Verge tallied his league-leading 21st to make it 2-1 for Pleasantdale.
Garrett Lambke assisted.
In the second, MacKenzie doubled the Panther lead, on assists from Ethan Marsh and Dave MacPherson.
MacPherson made it 4-1, in the opening five minutes of the third period, on helpers from Mike Decoste and Mack Derraugh.
James Williams rounded out the scoring for the Angels, on assists from Bryden Boudreau and Keegan MacNeil.
Brandon MacDonald made 27 stops for the win, while Blair Van Oirschot had 31 saves in the loss.
With the victory, the Panthers upped their regular season record to 12-4-1 for 38 points, while the Angels (7-7-2, 26), Outlaws (8-8-0, 25) and Warriors (3-11-1, 13) round out the four-team loop.
Verge continues to lead the scoring race with 29 points, including the aforementioned league-best 21 goals.
Lambke and Landry, with 25 (10G, 15A) and 19 (10G, 9A), respectively, complete the top three.
Regular season action wrapped up Feb. 3 with the Angels and Outlaws facing off, while the Panthers played the Warriors.
Results were unavailable at press time.
The league playoffs will face off, beginning Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Antigonish Arena.
The semi-final series will feature the Panthers and Warriors, along with the Angels and Outlaws.