© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON - THE NEWS
Pictou County Scotians forwards Brandon Verge and Ryan Langille look for the loose puck during Monday's exhibition game against the Antigonish Bulldogs.
NEW GLASGOW - Pictou County Junior B Scotians head coach Chris Stewart was pleased with what he saw as his squad defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-4 in exhibition play on Monday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Stewart said there was no particular goal for the night other than to get his team back on the ice and see how the new players fit into the lineup.
“It was just to get the guys some exposure out there,” said Stewart. “We’ve got a good core of returning guys, but we had some new guys in the lineup as well. We just want to get the game sense back leading into next week’s league opener.”
Up front Stewart and the coaching staff are confident with the players they have, but said they are looking for a few more defencemen to help fill some roles on the team. To the delight of the organization both goalies are also returners.
“We’ve still got some spots to fill and we’re working on doing that, but the performance tonight was good and the new guys we brought in battled hard,” he said. “They’re still trying to earn a spot on the team, but it’s been a pleasant surprise.
“We’re looking at some defencemen out there that we’re confident that we can get in our lineup. A lot will materialize over the next couple of weeks, but we’re confident we can put together a solid lineup.”
The Scotians first NSJHL regular season game is this Friday against the Strait Pirates.
Pictou County Scotians
2nd Ryan Langille from Matt Oldfield and Brandon Verge 1:31 PP
2nd Ryan Langille from Lucas Eshleman and Brandon Verge 2:08
3rd Brandon Verge from Lucas Eshleman and Ryan Langille 1:03
3rd Craig Matheson from Brandon MacKenzie and Dustin Bowron 2:22
3rd Brandon Verge from Lucas Eshleman and Kirklin Murray 9:22
3rd Scott MacLean from Tim Robertson 19:36 EN
Ben Goss: 22 saves, 2 GA
Mitchell Donlevy 15 saves, 2 GA
1st Fraser White from Tim MacDougall and Ryan Keefe 9:07
1st Tim MacDougall from Fraser White 19:26
3rd Tim MacDougall 5:55 SH
3rd Jake Kerr from Mitch Gammon and Liam MacDonald 18:23
Patrick MacNamara 18 saves, 2 GA
Carters Sullivan 17 saves, 3 GA