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County Outlaws and St. Croix extend Rural League series

St. Croix and Pleasantdale players follow Seamus Brophy’s (second from left) shot, which did find the back of the net, during game four of their Antigonish Rural League playoff game Saturday at the Antigonish Arena. The goal helped St. Croix to a 5-1 win, their first of the series, which Pleasantdale still leads 3-1. The other series between the Outlaws and Heatherton followed a similar script as the Outlaws won 2-1 in overtime, and now Heatherton holds a 3-1 series lead.
St. Croix and Pleasantdale players follow Seamus Brophy’s (second from left) shot, which did find the back of the net, during game four of their Antigonish Rural League playoff game Saturday at the Antigonish Arena. The goal helped St. Croix to a 5-1 win, their first of the series, which Pleasantdale still leads 3-1. The other series between the Outlaws and Heatherton followed a similar script as the Outlaws won 2-1 in overtime, and now Heatherton holds a 3-1 series lead. - Richard MacKenzie

Teams needing game four wins get them

ANTIGONISH, N.S. —

It seems like the County Outlaws and St. Croix Angels would like to play a little more hockey this season.

Both teams staved off elimination in Antigonish Rural League hockey playoff action Saturday (March 9) night. The Outlaws, on an overtime goal by Garrett Holmes, edged the Heatherton Warriors 2-1.

Dave McCarty scored the other Outlaws goal while veteran Ricky Bowie answered for the Warriors.

St. Croix, led by former St. F.X. X-Man Murdock MacLellan’s three assists and goals by five different players, top the Pleasantdale Panthers 5-1, to live another day/game.

Tanner Messenger, Cory Bennett, Ryan Chisholm, Cameron VanOirschot and Seamus Brophy were the Angel goal scorers while Mitch Warner scored the lone Pleasantdale goal.

The Warriors and Panthers will try and close-out their respective series again this weekend with games – temporarily – scheduled for Friday (March 15) and Saturday evening at the Antigonish Arena. The Friday schedule is dependent on the fate of the Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual Junior Bulldogs’ playoff run as they face-off versus the Strait Pirates in a deciding game seven, Tuesday night in Port Hawkesbury.

For both nights, action would/will start at 7 p.m.

Heatherton’s Josh Robertson and Pleasantdale’s Garrett Lambke are tied in the playoff point race with eight each. Robertson has five goals and three assists in four while Lambke, an assistant coach with the Cape Breton West Islanders, has two goals and six assists in only two games.

A couple of other Warrior players, Bowie and Mike Tobin, sit second with seven points each; both with two goals and five assists.

Members of the St. Croix Angels exchange a few pleasantries with Pleasantdale forward Brandon Verge, after thwarting a scoring attempt by Verge and his Panther teammates during Saturday's game.
Members of the St. Croix Angels exchange a few pleasantries with Pleasantdale forward Brandon Verge, after thwarting a scoring attempt by Verge and his Panther teammates during Saturday's game.

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