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Bulldogs, Pirates to clash Sunday at Antigonish Arena

The Antigonish AA Munro Junior Bulldogs and Strait Pirates, shown in pre-season action, will face-off in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (NSJHL) regular season play Sunday at the Antigonish Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. Richard MacKenzie
The Antigonish AA Munro Junior Bulldogs and Strait Pirates, shown in pre-season action, will face-off in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (NSJHL) regular season play Sunday at the Antigonish Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. Richard MacKenzie - Corey LeBlanc
ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

ANTIGONISH, NS - The latest chapter in a hockey rivalry like no other will be written Sunday evening (Nov. 17) at the Antigonish Arena.

    Puck drop for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (NSJHL) tilt between the Antigonish AA Munro Bulldogs and Strait Pirates is 7:30 p.m.

    The northeastern Nova Scotia teams are jockeying for the top-three spots in the Sid Rowe Division with the Junior Miners.

    In their first regular-season meeting, which took place Nov. 2 at the Port Hawkesbury Centre, the visiting Bulldogs skated to a 4-3 shootout victory.

    “We got off to a quick start,” first-year Bulldog head coach Donnie Grant said, noting his team did a “great job” in the defensive zone.

    After playing what he described as a “good road period” in the second, the Bulldogs led 3-1.

    In the third period, Grant said they had a pair of chances, on the power play, but they came up empty.

    “I think we took things for granted with the lead,” he added.

    Couple with that, Grant noted, the Pirates “turned on the jets.”

    Although they captured the win, he said the Bulldogs need to learn a lesson from that game heading into the rematch Sunday.

    “We have to be focussed and be ready to play for 60 minutes,” Grant said.

    Although he described the first tilt as a “well-played game,” Pirate head coach Taylor Lambke said his players need to have “a lot more energy,” if they want to skate to victory in the second regular season match-up of the season.

    “I didn’t like our game, especially in the first two periods; we were slow and had no structure. We need to come out with a lot more speed and a lot more energy for greater stretches,” he added.

    Calling it a “fun rivalry,” Lambke said he expects a great fan turnout Sunday, just like the one that watched the Nov. 2 game in Port Hawkesbury.

    No matter where the teams are in the standings, he noted, the games are “always highly-contested.”

    “It was a lot of fun last year in the playoffs. The fans loved it and it would be great to have that again this season,” Lambke said.

    In a Sid Rowe Division semi-final series last season, the Pirates eliminated the Bulldogs in a seventh-and-deciding game.

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