Some weekends are bigger than others.
The Pictou County Scotians can get a little closer to the Glace Bay Miners this weekend, with two games against their Nova Scoria Junior Hockey League foes.
The teams play Friday in Glace Bay and Sunday night in Trenton, starting at 7 p.m.
The Scotians (7-2-3) are in second place and are sitting six points behind the Miners (11-1-1) in the Sid Rowe Division, so two regulations wins over the Miners – not an easy task – would put Pictou County that much closer.
“We have a games in hand on them and our goal is to keep pace,” said third-year Scotians forward Blair Dewtie.
Glace Bay has won eight straight NSJHL games, including a 3-2 win over the Scotians in Trenton on Oct. 22. It was the second time this season they’ve beaten Pictou County, who won a Game 7 in Glace Bay during the playoffs last season on their march to a league championship.
“They’re built the same, year after year,” Dewtie said of the Miners.
“They have top-end forwards, they always play a hard-nosed game and they finish their checks. We know what they bring to the table.”
The Scotians offence had been in a bit of a lull until last weekend, when it sprung to life in a big way: they poured in 16 goals while collecting two victories, one of which was an 11-3 win over the Cumberland County Blues on Sunday.
“Our forward depth is one of the tops in the league,” said Dewtie, who has four goals and five assists in 11 games.
“We have lots of speed up front, and on (defence), and we can run and gun.”