The Eskasoni Jr. Eagles claimed the best-of-seven Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Sid Rowe Division semifinal over the Pictou County Scotians.
The series went into game five, with Eskasoni coming out on top, 5-2, on March 11. The Eagles led 1-0 after 20 minutes on a goal from Alex Chapman before the Scotians scored 25 seconds apart on a pair of goals from Cal Maxner and Jayden Hatchard. Hayden Burgess and Zach Houston set up both goals, which gave Pictou the lead for three minutes in the second period.
Alex Christmas and Marcellus Francis then both scored for the Jr. Eagles to give Eskasoni a one-goal lead, which they never relinquished as they rolled to their win.
Sonny Kabatay and Dante Basque scored in the third period for the Eagles who have now won their first playoff series since joining the league as an expansion team for the 2017-18 season.
Eskasoni outshot Pictou, 36-30.
In game four, Basque’s overtime goal lifted the Eagles to a 5-4 win, taking a two-game series lead over the Scotians.
The game was hard fought throughout and the Scotians led 3-1 at one point before the Eagles began their comeback.
Basque scored his first of the game to tie it at 1-1 after Nate Supryka gave the Scotians a 1-0 lead in the first period. Thomas Kennaley scored twice including a short-handed goal in the second for the Scotians to give Pictou a 3-1 lead, but the Eagles crawled back to within one when Francis scored with only two seconds showing on the clock.
Sam Mackinnon scored 1:15 into the third to tie the game before Blaise MacDonald put the Scotians back on top 4-3 with 8:48 remaining. Curtis Novak scored for the Eagles 1:41 later to tie the game again and send it to overtime.
The Scotians outshot the Eagles, 47-38.
Game three saw the Scotians out-shoot the Jr. Eagles, 33-28, but Eskasoni still managed to score on seven of their shots for a 7-3 win.
Cale MacLaughlin gave the Scotians an early 1-0 lead before Eskasoni scored a pair to take the lead. MacDonald tied it for the Scotians with only 1:29 left in the first but Pictou could not hang on and, 34 seconds later, Eskasoni had a 3-2 lead. Eskasoni padded their lead in the second on a pair of goals. In the third period, Eskasoni went up 6-2 before Alex Newell scored the Scotians’ third goal of the game 1:06 later. The game’s scoring concluded with Eskasoni adding one final goal.
Supryka scored the game winner for the Scotians in game two only 18 seconds into the third period. The teams were tied at 3-3 after 40 minutes and the Jr. Eagles led 1-0 after the first. Other Scotian goal scorers were Camdyn Burgess, Luke Young and Jack Tompkins.
The Eagles took game one of the series, 6-4, with Scotian goals coming from Nathan Peters, Camdyn Burgess, Supryka and Kennaley.
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