Keeper of the cage

Christopher Cameron
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Scott in No. 1 role with Scotians, goal is to win title

TRENTON – Since the Christmas break the Pictou County Scotians have played three games with three different goalies.

Spencer Scott takes shots during the Pictou County Scotians practice Wednesday night at the Trenton Arena. Scott was acquired from the Brookfield Elks before the second half of the season and is expected to be the Scotians No. 1 goaltender for the remainder of the season. 

Since Spencer Scott made his debut with the Scotians Sunday night against the Antigonish Bulldogs that situation has changed. Ben Goss left Monday for Newfoundland, leaving the junior B squad with Mitchell Donlevy and now No. 1 Scott as their duo between the pipes.

Acquired from the Brookfield Elks, Scott lost 4-3 to the Bulldogs in his first game with Pictou County, making 33 saves. He said there were some nerves coming to a new team, but Sunday he didn’t feel overly different from any other game he has played.

“It certainly wasn’t (like any other game), but the days before when I first found out I was coming to Pictou, the nerves started to fire up a little,” he said. “The day of, I was certainly – there was probably some anxiety there – but I knew as long as that was managed I’d be fine. It was a great energy and I think I was able to direct that into the game, so I think it was a good thing to have.

“I was nervous, but everybody was supportive, which made it easier to channel the nerves.”

In his time with Brookfield, who is currently last in the Fred Fox Division, he had a 5-13 record with a 3.42 goals-against average and 0.919 save percentage. Coming to the Scotians who are currently third in the Sid Rowe Division, a point back of the Strait Pirates, Scott knows he has a greater chance of winning in his final year in the NSJHL.

“It’s my last year in the league and, as cliché as it is, the goal is to win, period,” said Scott. “I feel like goaltending allows for a little bit more individual priorities. I know that if I worry about my stats and keep on top of my game that it will in turn help the team. I’m not worried about anyone on this team filling their roles. I want to make sure I do things right and I think consistency is a big deal.”

Although he has played in Trenton before, he said playing here on a regular basis will be a nice change. He likes the feel of the rink and said the crowd was great in his first game.

“With the way the rink is designed it feels like the crowd is a lot, maybe closer to the action and I don’t mind that at all,” he said. “It’s exciting and it’s a good hockey atmosphere. I really enjoyed it and I was able to just get out and play and not necessarily worry about that. I think it’s going to be something that will be very easy to get used to and as far as any of my routines it could’ve been frustrating (playing my first game here), but for me it was just like riding a bike, suit up and have the same old feeling ready to go.”

Obviously with a new team in front of him it will take some time to get used to their habits and the way they play, but he will continue to be vocal from his crease. He said communication is crucial to both him individually and to the team having success.

“I always try to be vocal and especially as a goaltender half the time the play is generally not in your end, so I do try to get involved vocally with the players,” he said. “I’ve only got to worry about the puck, but they've got to worry about the puck and guys on the other team, so anything I can do to help them is in turn going to help me and help the team.”

The other adjustment for Scott is playing more teams in the Sid Rowe Division. He will see more of Glace Bay, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish and Cumberland than he would’ve with Brookfield.

On Saturday they battle the first place Glace Bay Miners before returning home on Sunday to play the Valley Maple Leafs, one of two games remaining against teams from the Fred Fox Division. They play East Hants on Feb. 7.

“I’m not as familiar with this division as the other one, so from that side it’s exciting to see and get matched up against less familiar talent,” said Scott. “I know a few of the players on the team (Scotians) and they’re solid guys, so there was no anxiety about a transition. They had a good program, they’re well organized and everybody was welcoming.

“I think that puts a lot at ease where I can just come out and play.”

Puck drop on Sunday is 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Arena.

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Fred Fox Division, Sid Rowe Division, Valley Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Pictou County, Trenton Glace Bay Port Hawkesbury

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