Pictou County home for lone game against Glace Bay
TRENTON – Possibly the toughest loss this season for the Pictou County Scotians came last weekend when they allowed six unanswered goals to the East Hants Penguins, eventually falling 7-6.
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Brandon MacKenzie poses outside the Pictou County Scotians locker room prior to practice at the Trenton Arena on Wednesday. Through eight games this season he has six goals and seven points for the Scotians.
Up 4-1 going into the third, they were poised to win their second home game of the season. Brandon MacKenzie said they were too confident going into the third that the win would come easily.
“It was a bad loss and I don’t know what to say, we all just broke down in the third period, that’s for sure,” said MacKenzie. “I think we just let it get to us that we were taking the win in the third period and we all gave up. They came out strong on us and that’s pretty much what happened. We all gave up in the third.”
This week they hope to have a better result as they host the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday night at the Trenton Arena, their lone game this weekend. MacKenzie said the team has been steadily improving, but suffering a pair of tough losses has been somewhat of a wakeup call.
“Yeah I think we can improve for sure and we’re showing we have a pretty great team,” he said. “That loss and the loss against Brookfield were pretty bad and made us want to pick it up. It felt good to beat Brookfield on the road after that loss, but it’s still not good enough because I think we should’ve beat them the first time too.”
The team’s defence situation is something that MacKenzie understands all too well. They are using forwards on the blue line with him being one of them. He hasn’t played the position since Grade 9 and would prefer playing up front, but is willing to play defence to help the team. He said he’s found it difficult to change his mindset by not wanting to pinch all the time or jump up in the rush.
“The first pass from our own end needs to improve a lot and we have to work on our own end too,” he said. “We’re working on it, but we don’t have very many defence that’s for sure because I’m playing defence. We need to be better man-on-man and getting the puck out.”
Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. this Sunday. MacKenzie said it’s nice to have a slower schedule over the next few weeks.
“It’s good to have a break, and for the next two weeks we just have the home games on Sundays,” he said. “We enjoy getting away, but it’s nice just to have some down time and play at home too.”
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