Scotians home for a pair of games this weekend

Christopher Cameron
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TRENTON – The Antigonish Bulldogs ruined a positive week for the Pictou County Scotians on Tuesday night – Saturday the Scotians hope to avenge their loss. 

Falling 6-3 in Antigonish after defeating the NSJHL leading Glace Miners on Saturday and being edged by Valley on Sunday, the Scotians want to get those two points back that they lost on Tuesday.

“We’re looking at Bulldogs at home on Saturday night and want to get revenge after they beat us the last two,” said head coach Chris Stewart. “We should have a full roster this weekend and are looking to improve our play based on how we played Tuesday night.

“We have to minimize our mistakes. If we can do that we’ll be fine because the offensive side of our game is progressing well and our goaltending is strong as well.”

This season they are 1-2-1 against Antigonish, with all being one-goal games besides their most recent meeting. Puck drop for their last meeting in Trenton is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday at the team’s regular time, 7:30 p.m., they face the Strait Pirates, which will likely be their first-round opponent in the playoffs in late February. They lead the season series with the Pirates 3-2 right now, while Port Hawkesbury holds a one-point lead in the Sid Rowe Division. Stewart said they will likely be playing the Pirates come the playoffs, so all points they can get before the end of the regular season will be crucial to lock up home ice advantage.

“A quick start will be important because we haven’t had one recently,” he said. “We need to have an intense game and minimize mistakes. It should be a playoff-like atmosphere against them on Sunday. Obviously looking forward we will likely be playing them unless one of us takes a drastic slide at the end of the season, so home ice advantage will be important and should be an advantage. The team and organization’s goal right now is to solidify home ice for the first round.”

Looking back at the weekend and their 7-3 defeat of the Glace Bay Miners, their second in three meetings, Stewart said it was a big boost for his team.

“It was definitely a big boost leaving Glace Bay with a win on Saturday night,” he said. “The guys all played well and we had solid goaltending by Spencer Scott. Our effort carried over against Valley from Saturday night, we just didn’t get a win.”

Tuesday night Andrew Kennedy made his debut on the Scotians blue-line. This weekend Pictou County hopes to have more roster announcements, but did not have them finalized on Thursday according to Stewart.

He said the team’s primary focus right now is finalizing their roster as they look for another defenceman and top-six forward. On the ice he said they’re working on their overall defensive zone coverage and power play, an important part in their success this season.

After this weekend the Scotians will have six regular season games before the NSJHL playoffs begin, making the points from both division games this weekend that much more important according to Stewart.

“We’re looking forward to the two home games this weekend and being in our own barn for a little bit,” he said. “Hopefully we can ice a quality product that the fans can enjoy and pick up a few points heading towards the playoffs.”

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Sid Rowe Division

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

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