League News


Blazers win 5th of the season

Two long-time arch rivals met in Sackville Monday night with the Blazers clobbering the Valley Maple Leafs 7-1 in the opener of a home and home series which resumes in Windsor Friday night Oct 29 at 7:30 p.m.  The 5-2-1 Blazers were coming off a stunning 2-1 loss to the Cumberland County Blues in overtime Friday night Oct 22 in Springhill.   Monday night, the Blazers held period leads of 2-0 and 3-0 while firing 67 shots at the Leafs net.  Zephron Hachey, Daniel Surrette, Alex Charest, Noah Healy, Stephen Purdy, Mitchell Comeau and Jack Meek all scored single markers for the Blazers while Justin Banks tallied a third period goal for the Leafs after they fell behind the Blazers 4-0.  The Leafs are now 1-4-0 on the season .
Oct 26, 2021

Jr. Bulldogs now 7-0-0

The Antigonish AA Munro Jr. Bulldogs are smoking hot right now as they defeated the Cumberland County Blues at home 5-1 Sunday night Oct 24.  Fearghus MacDonald kept his scoring prowess alive and well garnering 4 assists and now leads the League in scoring with 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points.  Sam Mattie of the Bulldogs leads the league in goals with 9 to go along with 5 assists after his 3 goal and one assist performance in their win over the Blues.  The Jr. Bulldogs led 5-0 after forty minutes and Ezekiel Cormier’s goal prevented the shut-out from happening with 1:52 to play in regulation.  Sam Grant and Jake MacDonald were the other Bulldog scorers.  The win now leaves the Jr. Bulldogs with a 7-0-0 record.  Antigonish is now idle until Nov 7th when they host the Sackville Blazers before going on the road Remembrance Day afternoon for a contest with Liverpool before returning home Friday Nov 12 to play the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles.  Antigonish outshot the Blues who were coming off a surprise 2-1 overtime win over Sackville Friday night 39-19.   Antigonish  5   Capstone Colts  3   Friday, Oct 22 at CFB Shearwater, the Jr. Bulldogs won their 6th of the season 5-3 over the Capstone Colts.  Sam Mattie scored a pair in this game while Luke Baldwin, Ethan Twolan and Fearghus MacDonald added singles.  MacDonald also had a couple of helpers.  Tyler Puma scored twice for the Colts and Benjamin Veinot added a single marker.  The Bulldogs outshot the Colts 47-34.
Oct 24, 2021

Jr. Miners win a pair Oct 22 and 23 on road

The Membertou Jr. Miners are now 3-2-0 on the season but wins have not been easy to come by especially two weekend games in Windsor and Brookfield against the Valley Maple Leafs and Elks.  First off Friday in Windsor:   Membertou  3   Maple Leafs 1   The game displayed no end-end to action but had spurts of excitement despite the fact on occasion there was an accidental body-check thrown although those were few and far between.  The Leafs were outshot 50-34 by the Jr. Miners but so many of those shots were from a distance although give credit where credit is due and that has to be to Leafs net minder Aiden Durnford who did stand-out on particular occasions.   In the opening period, the Jr. Miners ran into some penalty difficulty and it cost them on one occasion as after only 11 seconds having elapsed, the Leafs Liam Ferguson let a soft wrist shot go from the blue-line which totally escaped Jr. Miners goaltender Spencer Shebib and the Leafs were up 1-0.  A quick scramble in front of the Leafs net 31 seconds later saw Josh MacKay scored to knot the game at 1-1.  Shebib came up big a few minutes later as the Leafs were buzzing all over the Membertou net for approximately 45 seconds with pin point passing and looking perhaps the most impressive the entire game but Shebib turned away Andrew McCarron from in close and it became the only quality scoring chance the Leafs would get during the flurry.   Membertou then picked up their pace of play somewhat and kept the play in the Leafs end but despite 4-5 shots on Durnford, none could be considered exceptional scoring opportunities.  Shorly after Captain Ashton Paul took a beautiful pass along the crease with Durnford down but Paul could simply not get the puck up over the Leafs goalie from the left side.  The Jr. Miners then were called for a penalty with 1:56 left in the first and 30 seconds later after the Jr. Miners missed on a clear break and shot wide of the net but the Leafs remained in somewhat of a slumber and the Jr. Miners Josh MacKay left alone in front of the net connected short-handed to give his team a 2-1 lead after the opening period in which Membertou held a 17-8 shots advantage.  There was no scoring in the second period but with the Jr. Miners back in the penalty box, McCarron missed on a partial breakaway.  The game for the second time picked up pace and became wide-open for a couple of three minutes and Brandon Grant missed in close for the Jr. Miners.  The Leafs came right back but Shebib covered up an opportunity with his pads before he Jr. Miners with 4:59 left in the second saw Nathan MacMillan skate in from the left side only to see Durnford come up with a nice pad save.  With 3 minutes left in the second, Ashton Paul with the Jr. Miners all over the Leafs net shot only to see it ring off the cross-bar.   In the third with the Jr. Miners still holding a 2-1 lead, they went back to the penalty box and Ryan MacDonald missed in close for the Leafs on the power-play but that was essentially it as with Durnford pulled for an extra attacker and the Leafs with 6 skaters, Nathan MacMillan despited an empty net marker for the Jr. Miners with 1:51 left in regulation to give Membertou a 3-1 victory.  The Leafs dropped to 1-3-0 and will begin a home and home series with the 4-2-1 Sackville Blazers in Sackville Mon Oct 25 before returning to Windsor Friday Oct 29 for the second game of this home and home.   Membertou  4    Brookfield Elks  3   (Shoot-out needed)   Josh MacKay who scored the Jr. Miners winning goal Friday in Windsor, did the same Saturday afternoon in Brookfield as he connected in the third round of the shoot-out to give his team a 4-3 win.  Captain Ashton Paul of the Jr. Miners and the Elks Callum McAndrew scored earlier to force the third round.  Paul tied the game in the third for the Jr. Miners after the elks took a 3-2 lead to the dressing room after forty minutes.  In the second, Coady Jollymore-Godfrey, Aiden Fisher and and Coady McKay scored for the Elks while Logan Snow tallied for the Jr. Miners.  Membertou is now 3-2-0 on the season while the Elks are 0-3-1.
Oct 24, 2021

Privateers even season series with Pens

After losing to the East Hants Penguins on home ice Oct 16 by a score of 5-3, the Liverpool Privateers were determined not to lose two in a row as they went to Lantz Friday, Oct 22 and squeaked out a 3-2 verdict over the Penguins.  The Privateers held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2 and received a goal and an assist from Jude Greenwood to pace them to victory.  Josh Nicholson made it 2-0 Privateers in the second before AJ Guildford brought the Penguins back to within a single goal.  Greenwood’s goal proved to be the winner with 12:52 left in the third period.  Evan McHenry scored one on the power-play with only 48 seconds remaining but it was as close as the Penguins would get despite outshooting the Privateers 41-26. Marshall Plandowski collected a pair of assists for the Pens who are now 3-3-0 on the season compared to Liverpool’s record of 4-3-0.  Liverpool trails first place Sackville in the Fox Division by a single point and will not play at home this Saturday Oct 30.  Their next two games are on the road as they will play the Scotians in Pictou Sunday Oct 31 and Port Hakwesbury in the Strait Nov 5 before returning to the South Shore to complete a home and home with the Strait Pirates Saturday Nov 6.  East Hants wil be at home to the Capstone Colts Friday Oct 29 before playing in Brookfield Saturday afternoon Oct 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Oct 24, 2021

Bench Suspensions handed out and Chediac dominates for Scotians

It was a wild night at the OK Corral in Port Hawkesbury Friday night as 98 minutes in penalties were dished out in the Strait Pirates 8-5 win.  The penalty minutes were not actually huge but it was the suspensions that resulted as both Port Hawkesbury Head Coach Taylor Lambke and Assistant Tim MacMillan will both three-game suspensions while Eskasoni Trainer Lindros Denny will also serve a 3 game suspension.  All suspensions fell under the category of actions unbecoming to the game.    As for the game which saw the Strait Pirates improve to 3-0-0 and the Jr. Eagles fall to 1-5-0, Matthew Ellis and Jason Johnson both scored a pair of goals for the Strait Pirates with singles going to Gregor Yoell, Jack Nielsen, Matthew Raike and Lewis Taylor.  The game was close through two periods with the Strait Pirates holding leads of 2-1 and 5-4.  The Jr. Eagles knotted dit at 5 with 5:07 having elapsed in the third period before the Pirates exploded for three goals in the game’s final 3:36 for the victory. Kinnon Williams scored a pair of goals for the Jr. Eagles and Curtis Novak added a single marker.   The Jr. Eagles then travelled to Trenton Sunday night looking for their 2nd win of the season but came up short once again dropping a 5-3 decision at the hands of the Pictou County Scotians to fall to 1-7-0.  The Jr. Eagles appeared on the right track taking a 3-0 lead twenty-seven minutes into the game before the Scotians breathed fire, with that fire coming from essentially two players.  Matt Chediac scored three times and added two assists while Connor Aucoin added one goal and assisted on three others.  Matt Carson also scored for the Scotians.  Eskasoni narrowly outshot the Scotians 35-34.  There were 58 minutes in penalties called in the contest and the Scotians Cale McLaughlin took 34 of them including a pair of misconducts.  Thomas Simon, Jacob Denny and Jaden Martin on the power-play scored for the Jr. Eagles who have now completed 1/4 of their season.  The Jr. Eagles will play their ninth and tenth games of the season Halloween Weekend when they travel to Membertou Saturday evening and then entertain the Strait Pirates for a rematch Sunday afternoon at home.
Oct 24, 2021

Pirates rout Scotians - Pens struggle in third

The Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates had absolutely no difficulty with the Pictou County Scotians at the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury Fri Oct 15 as they routed the Scotians 7-0.  Brady MacNeil and Danny Gillis both scored twice for the Strait Pirates with single markers going to Matthew Ellis, Gregor Yoell and Matthew Raike.  Logan Saulnier chipped in with 3 assists for the winners who held period leads of 2-0 and 7-0 with no scoring taking place in the final period.  Strait Pirates outshot Pictou 45-32.   Capstone Colts 4   East Hants Penguins 1   Before their trip to Liverpool and their win Saturday night Oct 16, the Penguins were stymied by the Capstone Colts 4-1.  The Colts led 1-0 after forty minutes on a goal from Josh Moore. Bruen Fisher tied it for the Penguins 2:09 into the final period before the Colts breathed some fire and came back with three unanswered goals from Cole Good, Patrick Oxner and Tyler Puma.  The Colts held a wide advantage in shots outshooting the Pens 44-20.
Oct 21, 2021

Blazers 4-2-0 on season after weekend split in Cape Breton

Saturday Night Oct 16 in Membertou against the Jr. Miners, the Blazers fell 6-4 after falling behind 4-1 after two periods.  Josh MacKay and Ashton Paul both rifled a pair for the Jr. Miners while Blake Cox picked up a goal and added 2 assists.  Kody Groves added the other goal for Membertou who still trail the red-hot 5-0-0 Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs in the Sid Rowe Division.  Paul’s second goal of the game 1:38 into the third period proved to be the game winner.  Scoring for the Blazers was Luc Arsenault, Degen Noble Noah Healy and Brian Grandy. There were 120 minutes in penalties called during the contest with 116 of them in the opening period as officials dished out 10 of 11 misconducts with only 1:01 to play in the opening frame.  The other misconduct came earlier in the period.  The Blazers despite the loss did outshoot the Jr. Miners 30-25.   Sackville  6  Eskasoni  3   Sunday afternoon Oct 17 in Eskasoni, the Blazers Degen Noble paced the way for the visiting team scoring three times and adding an assist.  His first goal of the afternoon with slightly less than 5 minutes to play in the opening period put the Blazers up 4-0 and proved to be the game winner.  Duggan Gauthier scored twice and added an assist with the other Blazers goal going to Brian Grandy.  Thomas Simon and Jacob Denny both chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Jr. Eagles with other goal going to Omar Gould.  The Blazers outshot Eskasoni 31-21.
Oct 21, 2021

Leafs garner 1st of season - Elks lose their first of two on the weekend

The Valley Maple Leafs have yet to play a road game in the early part of the 21-22 NSJHL season and after what happened in their two home games to date, the Leafs were looking for a far stronger performance from themselves.  They had already lost to East Hants and Antigonish by scores of 6-3, but came up with a much better performance Friday Oct 15 against the visiting Brookfield Elks who they defeated 6-4.  Ryan MacLellan gave the Valley a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes.  The Elks then encountered some penalty difficulties in the second which resulted in a penalty shot goal by John Van Luxembourg only 49 seconds into the second and then a power-play goal by the Leafs Brady MacLean before the second period was five minutes old.  That put the Leafs up 3-0 before Jacob Bolger put the Elks on the scoreboard.  Ethan Salsman and Andrew McCarron then put the Leafs up 5-1 before Ryan Burton of the Elks made it 5-2 going into the third period.  Griffin Radford just 1:01 into the third made it 6-2 Leafs before the Elks finished  with a pair of goals from Luke MacDonald and Sam Rogers to make the final 6-4.  The Elks did outshoot the Leafs 43-39.  The Leafs will be back home to play the Membertou Jr. Miners Friday Oct 22 at 7:30 before playing their first road game of 21-22 in Sackville Mon Oct 25.
Oct 17, 2021

Privateers back to .500 -- Pens now 3-2-0

The Liverpool Privateers certainly got their season off on the right foot winning their first two games on a weekend road-trip to Coe Breton but since their return, they have managed only one one win in four games and are now 3-3-0 on the season.  Entering Friday night’s game at the Dr. Carson and Miriam Murray Centre in Springhill to face off against the Cumberland County Blues, the Privateers had lost two straight to fall back to 2-2-0.  It took the Privateers awhile to get rolling Friday as six minutes into the second period, they trailed the Blues 3-2 but then a switch went on and the Privateers scored five unanswered goals to skate away with a 7-3 victory.   In the opening period, the teamster tied at 2-2 with Lathan Robinson and Christopher MacDonald scoring for the Privateers and Ethan Casey and Colby Titus on the power-play connected for the Blues.  With 5:45 gone in the second, the Blues MacKenzie Richard tallied to put the Blues ahead 3-2 before Joe Osborne, Goodick Connor with the game-winning goal and Christopher McDonald with his second of the night put Liverpool ahead 5-3 after forty minutes.  In the third Osborne connected for his second marker and Daniel Kline added a single marker, his 7th of the season to make the final 7-3.  Liverpool outshot Cumberland 34-23.   East Hants  5    Liverpool  3   The Privateers were one game above .500 when they left Springhill with a 3-2-0 record but quickly fell back to 3-3-0 when they returned home Saturday evening to the Queens Place Emera Centre and were defeated by the East Hants Penguins 5-3.  The Penguins with their win are now 3-2-0.  The teams played to a scoreless drawing in the opening period before East Hants jumped in front 2-0 in the second period on goals from Bruen Fisher and Devin Meagher.  John Shubaly scored for the Privateers to make it 2-1 East Hants before the teams traded goals again with Evan McHenry for the Penguins and Jude Greenwood for Blues on the power-play made it 3-2 East Hants after forty minutes.  In the third, McHenry and Fisher both scored again for the Penguins.  Both players also had 2 assists apiece on the evening giving them both four point nights.  Fisher’s third period goal was an empty netter while John Shubaly on the power-play scored the Privateers lone goal.  Liverpool did outshoot the Penguins 42-36.  These same two teams will finish a home and home series Friday Oct 22 in Lantz.
Oct 17, 2021

Jr. Bulldogs remain undefeated- now 5-0-0

The AA Munro Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs keep on rolling as they recorded their fourth and fifth wins of this early 21-22 NSJHL Season Friday Oct 15 and Saturday Oct 16.  They had to work hard for both wins 5-3 over the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles on Friday and 5-4 over the Brookfield Elks at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Saturday.   Antigonish  5    Eskasoni  3   Jake MacDonald has been setting up goals like Bobby Orr used to back in the 1970’s, he recorded 4 assists at home Friday night in the Jr. Bulldogs 5-3 win giving him 7 on the season.  Fearghus MacDonald who presently leads the league in scoring scored his fourth of the season to go along with 7 assists for 11 points in the Bulldogs first five games.  Thomas Simon of the Eagles who trails MacDonald by 3 points scored once and added two assists in the loss.  Sam Mattie scored the second Bulldogs goal to give them a 2-1 lead before Will Fitzsimmons tallied with 36 seconds left in the first giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead going into the second period.   Antle Denny moved the Jr. Eagles to within one n the second period before Sam Mattie scored his second of the game on the power-play with 19 seconds left in the middle period to give the Bulldogs their game winning goal and 4-2 lead  going into the third.  Tyler Cross and Jacob Denny rounded out the game’s scoring in the third.  For Denny it was his fifth of the season to go along with five assists leaving him one point back of the Bulldogs MacDonald in the scoring race.  Antigonish outshot Eskasoni 42-31.   Antigonish  5   Brookfield  4   The Jr. Bulldogs went to 5-0-0 on the season in another nail-biter Saturday in Brookfield.  Craig Landry and Darren Waterman tallied for the Bulldogs in the opening period before Connor Miller scored his first of two for the Elks to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead after the first period.  Sam Mattie’s power-play goal made it 3-1 Antigonish in the second before Luke MacDonald’s short-handed effort made it  3-2 Antigonish.  It only took 32 seconds however before the Bulldogs were up by two again when Will Fitzsimmons scored.   In a span of 2:04 before the third period was five minutes old, Miller with his second and Michael Sack tied the game at 4-4 for the Elks.  it then took a power-play goal by the Bulldogs Sam Mattie with 9:59 left to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead, one they hung onto to go to 5-0-0.  They will try and keep their winning streak moving when they travel to CFB Shearwater and play the Capstone Colts Friday Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct 17, 2021

Scotians have win taken away

It is so unfortunate when a team after a hard win, ends up with an official loss due to having played an ineligible player in that particular game.  Such is the case for the Pictou County Scotians who opened their 2021-2022 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season with a 5-2 win over the Antigonish AA Munro Jr. Bulldogs Friday, Oct 1 in Antigonish.   However, it came to light over the past week that an ineligible player had dressed and played for the Scotians in their win and the League based on their constitution had no choice but to take the win away from the Scotians and give the Bulldogs the victory.  The Bulldogs as a result are off to a 5-0-0 start.  As a result of the win being taken away from the Scotians, it has also cost their Head Coach a 5 game suspension.
Oct 16, 2021

Blazers 1-1-0 over Holiday Weekend

The Sackville Blazers split a pair of games over the Thanksgiving Day Weekend losing Friday Oct 8 in Port Hawkesbury at the Civic Centre by a score of 6-2 before returning home Thanksgiving Day afternoon for a 5-3 win over the Cumberland County Blues.   Port Hawkesbury  6    Sackville  2   The Strait Pirates were playing their opening game of the 21-22 season and after Stephen Purdy gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead with five minutes gone in the opening period, the Strait Pirates came back with goals from Jayden Muise and a power-play marker from Matthew Ellis, the Pirates two goals coming just 3:01 apart and with under eight minutes to play in the opening period.  Brady MacNeil then struck in the second period to put the Pirates up 3-1 which is the way it stood going into the third period.  For nearly ten minutes of the final period, the score stayed that way until Jack Meek brought the Blazers to within a goal at 3-2.  However only 1:10 after Meek’s goal, the Strait Pirates were up by two goals again as Cameron Gillis scored to make it 4-2.  Gregor Yoell and Lewis Taylor then added two more to make the final 6-2 Strait Pirates.  The Pirates outshot the Blazers 38-32.     Sackville  5     Cumberland County 3   Monday afternoon Oct 11 in Sackville, the Blazers with just under ten minutes to play in the opening period scored a pair of goals 34 seconds apart by Trey Faulkner and Brian Grandy who would finish with a three point afternoon as he also collected a pair of assists.  Jacob Estabrooks tallied for the Blues and the game stood 2-1 Blazers after one.  Before the second period was six minutes old, the Blazers had a 4-1 lead on goals from Mitchell Comeau and the game winner from Jack Meek.  Daniel Mackenzie scored the Blues second goal of the game and it stood 4-2 after forty minutes.  Daniel LeBlanc for the Blazers and Aidan McBurnie for the Blues scored in the third period to make the final 5-3.  Sackville held a wide advantage in shots over the Blues 54-27.
Oct 16, 2021

Jr. Bulldogs record 2 Thanksgiving weekend wins

The Antigonish AA Munro Jr. Bulldogs are undefeated heading into the third weekend of the 21-22 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season.  They rallied for a pair of huge wins Friday, Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 10.   The first came in Windsor Fri Oct 8 when doubled up the Valley Maple Leafs 6-3 after trailing 3-1.  They then went home to Antigonish Sunday Oct 10 and rallied from a  2-0 deficit to take down the East Hants Penguins 7-5.  We will take a look at the game in Windsor first:   In their 6-3 victory in Windsor versus the Maple Leafs, the Jr. Bulldogs did not get off to a great start as they allowed the Leafs to control the play in the opening minutes before the Valley’s Brady MacLean was sent off for hooking with 3 minutes elapsed in the first period.  Antigonish was caught sleeping on a line-change when Tyler Boyd left early and allowed Maple Leaf Brayden Hunt sole position of the puck but it seemed to catch Hunt by so much surprise that he had the puck with no one around him, he ended up taking a weak shot on the Antigonish net.  With 4:11 left in the opening period, Andrew McCarron struck on a quick shot which the Antigonish net minder might not have even seen.  McCarron following the goal found himself in the penalty box 18 seconds later.  Antigonish controlled the power-play opportunity they were given and with 2:52 left in the first period, the Bulldogs Fearghus MacDonald tied the game at 1-1 with a shot close in.  The Bulldogs kept applying heavy pressure after their power-play goal until the Leafs just missed with 25 seconds remaining in the first as the puck went in the air and about to drop behind him until it was narrowly knocked away.  The Bulldogs outshot the Leafs 15-8 in the opening period.   In the second period, with 3:35 having elapsed, Justin Banks of the Leafs capitalized after the Antigonish goalie came out of his net and completely misplayed the puck, allowing Banks to take it away from him and put into a wide-open net.  Then with 6:26 gone in the second, Andrew McCarron made a terrific pass to Brady MacLean parked to the right of the Bulldogs net and it was 3-1 Leafs.  It was the last scoring the Leafs would do in the game as the Bulldogs seemingly took control.  The Bulldogs Ben MacLellan flipped a shot from the point with Leafs net minder Durnford being screened and it went over his left shoulder without anyone touching the puck.  Just 42 seconds later Sam Grant tied the game at 3-3 before the Bulldogs went in front 4-3 on a weird goal by Tyler Cross which proved to be the game winner.  With the Bulldogs applying heavy pressure, Cross from inside the dot of the face-off circle from a weak angle shot the puck and it somehow found the back of the Leafs net.  The Leafs Andrew McCarron then took another penalty with 1:09 left in the second out of what appeared complete frustration and Antigonish led 4-3 after two periods and outshot the Leafs 17-12.   In the third period, it was all Bulldogs as they totally dominated the Leafs from scratch and played out a couple of solid hits including the one where Sam Grant of the Bulldogs  hit Brayden Hunt of the Leafs and stretched him out on the blue-line.  The Bulldogs were totally dominant in the opening ten minutes with the Maple Leafs even having trouble touching the puck for the majority of the time.  With 8:30 to play, Darren Waterman made a sensational pass across to Jordan Etheridge who put it into a wide-open Leafs net to make it 5-3 Bulldogs.  By this point, the Leafs had literally disappeared into the ice-surface.  The Leafs tried playing with 6 men for the final 2:30 but nothing happened as Etheridge scored his second of the night ito an empty net with 1:14 to go.  Fearghus MacDonald finished the game for the Bulldogs with a pair of assists to go along with his goal and MxcCarron despite his time in the penalty box also assisted on both Leaf goals to go along with his marker.  Sam Mattie also collected 3 assists for the Jr. Bulldogs. Antigonish finished the game with a final advantage of 50-30 in shots.     Antigonish 7    East Hants 5   This game was controversial with both teams complaining severely about the officiating.  The Penguins jumped in front 2-0 on goals from Devin meagre and Marshall Plandowski 2:10 apart as the opening period approached the mid-way mark.  Then in a span of 1:17, the Jr. bulldogs knotted the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal from Fearghus MacDonald and another from Tyler Boyd.   50 seconds into the second period, Sam Grant scored on the power-play to put the Bulldogs in front 3-2 before Meagher scored his second of the game for the Pens to tie the game at 3-3 again.  The Bulldogs went back in front 4-3 on Ethan Twolan’s marker and that was the score after forty minutes.  The Jr. Bulldogs went up 6-3 in the third on power-play markers from Luke Baldwin before the period was even a minute old and 1:42 later Fearghus MacDonald scored again for the Bulldogs on the power-play to make it 6-3.  The Penguins were not finished as Riley MacDonell short-handed and Noah Latimer on the power-play connected for the Pens and it was a one goal game again before Sam mattie scored into an empty net with 2 seconds left in regulation to give the Bulldogs a 7-5 win.  MacDonald finished the night with 6 points for Antigonish and Antigonish outshot the Penguins 41-33.
Oct 16, 2021

2 great games in Springhill - Blues and Eagles split

he Eskasoni Jr. Eagles made their annual trip into Cumberland County Friday and Saturday and while no one really knew what to expect from the Blues under new ownership this season, the Jr. Eagles left with 2 points and Cumberland with 3 after the squads split a pair of 5-4 decisions including the opener Saturday in overtime.   Friday — Eskasoni 5   Cumberland 4   (overtime)   In the opener Friday night, the Jr. Eagles Ethan MacInnis scored on the power-play only 57 seconds into the opening period to put the Eagles up 1-0.  Zack Gould tied the game at 1-1 before the opening period concluded.  Jaden Martin put the Eagles back in front 2-1 early in the second before the Blues Alex Griffiths connected on the power-play with 8:13 remaining in the middle period.  Eskasoni’s Daymon Johnson only 59 seconds later gave the Jr. Eagles a 3-2 lead going into the final period.  Dante Basque put the Jr. Eagles up 4-2 with 7:37 left in regulation.  Basque also collected a pair of assists on the afternoon.  With under 4 minutes to play, the roof settled somewhat on the Eagles as the Blues Burke Beed and Zack Chatfield netted markers 34 seconds apart to tie the game at 4-4.  It took only 19 seconds of overtime for Jacob Denny to score the game winner for the Jr. Eagles and give them a 5-4 win.  The Eagles outshot the Blues 31-21.   Saturday — Cumberland 5  Eskasoni 4   This game was somewhat different as Cumberland County blew the barn doors wide open with an explosive four-goal second period and held off a late rally by the Jr. Eagles for a 5-4 victory.  Jayden Matheson opened the game’s scoring for Cumberland before Jaden Martin scored short-handed for the Eagles with 6 seconds left in the first to knot the game at 1-1.  It was all Blues in the second period as Jayden Matheson scored his second of the afternoon 1:32 into the middle period for the Blues followed by Mats Stone goal 40 seconds later to make it 3-1.  MacKenzie Richard then made it 4-1 Blues before Burke Beed connected for the game winner on the power-play with only 2 seconds left in the second period.  Eskasoni attempted a comeback and did manage to score 3 times in the third with Antle Denny scoring on the power-play and Jacob Denny meeting a pair with under 3:25 but the Jr. Eagles could not score the equalizer and the Blues skated away with the win.  The Blues outshot the Eagles 34-25. 
Oct 12, 2021

Membertou splits 2 weekend games, Liverpool now 2-2

The Membertou Jr. Miners coming off a 4-0 opening game loss against Liverpool to begin their 21-22 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season at home a week ago didn’t have any more luck as they rolled into Lantz Friday, Oct 8 for their second game of the season.  East Hants struck early and often and by the end of the first period with only 5 seconds remaining, Ethan Wheeler of the Pens scored on the power-play and the goal also proved to be the game winner as East Hants won 6-2.  Robbie Dowell scored a pair for the Penguins, his first being the only goal of the second period.  Other first period goals for East Hants went to Noah Parent and Riley MacDonell.  Nathaniel Fuller scored the only Jr. Miners goal in the first.   In the third period, Bailey MacDonald scored 42 seconds into the final frame to bring the Jr. Miners back to within a pair but Dowell’s second goal and another by Gavin McCready gave the Pens their win and improved their early season record to 2-0-0.  Dowell also added an assist to gove him three points on the night.  Grant Sanford was the winning goaltender for the Penguins stopping 25 of 27 shots.   Membertou then travelled to Liverpool Saturday night and as we all know hockey is a strange game as the Jr. Miners came out flying scoring four first period goals, forgetting all about their opening two losses and defeating the Privateers 5-0.  The Jr. Miners goal scorers were Ashton Paul, Blake Cox, Nathaniel Fuller who also added a pair of assists, Sam MacKinnon  and Camdon Langlois who scored short-handed.  Spencer Shebib recorded the shut-out for the Jr. Miners stopping all 30 shots he faced.   After two games in a week, the Jr. Miners and Liverpool will not play each other again unless it is in the Nova Scotia Championship Final in April.   The Privateers as a result of their 3-1 setback to the Capstone Colts in Shearwater Friday night are now 2-2-0 on the season.  The teams were scoreless after one period before the Colts struck for a pair in the second from Brayden Hooper-Richard and Stephen Warwick’s power-play goal which also proved to be the game winner as Blake Chasse scored the only Privateers goal in the third period.  The final Colts goal came from Tyler Puma into an empty-net with one second left in regulation.
Oct 12, 2021

Blazers special teams exemplary against Elks

Goalie Aston Cutten of the Brookfield Elks had to be at the top of his game Monday night in Sackville as the Elks and Blazers opened their 2021-22 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season.  Cutten stopped 45 of 50 shots fired at him but special teams play by the Blazers and lack of offensive punch from the Elks gave the Blazers a 5-2 win.   Special teams play was an exemplary performance as they scored two power-play and two short-handed goals.   Daniel LeBlanc and Luc Arsenault scored power-play markers in the opening frame while Mitchell Comeau scored short-handed.  It stood 3-0 after one period and 3-1 after forty minutes after Jacob Bolger tallied for the Elks in the final two minutes.   Luc Arsenault who scored the game winner in the first added a short-handed goal with just over six minutes having been played in the final period to make it 4-1.  Sam Rogers then scored for the Elks with 5:56 to play before Donovan Cyr of the blazers scored the game’s final goal.   The Blazers are now preparing for their game in Port Hawkesbury Friday Oct 8th while the Elks will not resume play until they visit the Valley Maple Leafs Oct 15 in Windsor.
Oct 5, 2021

Wild Flurry of Goals snaps 3-3 tie late

It was a wild finish Sunday afternoon at the Dan K. Stevens Memorial Arena in Eskasoni.  The hometown Jr. Eagles and Liverpool Privateers were locked in a 3-3 draw with only 3:05 left in regulation time when Daniel Kline put the Privateers ahead 4-3.  It took another goal 59 seconds later from Kayden Nickerson, his second of the afternoon which proved to be the game winner.  The Jr. Eagles Thomas Simon then scored his second of the afternoon 18 seconds later to make the game a one-goal affair at 5-4 but the Jr. Eagles were unable to tie the game as Kline with his second of the afternoon and 5th goal of the weekend put one into an empty net to give Liverpool a 6-4 win.  Kline besides his 2 goals also added an assist giving him 7 points in two games during the Privateers road trip into Cape Breton.  Alec Howie also scored once and added a pair of assists while Matt Ormon scored once for the Privateers.   Thomas Simon besides his two goals also added an assist and Matt Ormon of the Privateers collected a pair of assists.  Liverpool outshot Eskasoni 41-34.  Both teams are now off until this Friday, Oct 8 when the Privateers visit the Capstone Colts at CFB Shearwater and the Jr. Eagles play their first of two games against the re-launched Cumberland County Blues.
Oct 5, 2021

Bilodeau records shut-out and Kline has 4 point night

Bilodeau turns away 28 shots for Shut-Out The Liverpool Privateers and the Membertou Jr. Miners will not have to wait long to play their second game of the season against each other and it should be a dandy after both teams opened their 2021-2022 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season in Membertou Saturday night with the Privateers winning 4-0. Next Saturday's Oct 9 game will be at the Emera Centre in Queens County at 5:00 p.m. Eric Bilodeau recorded the shut-out for Liverpool turning away all 28 shots he faced while Daniel Kline was in the right spot at the right time, all the time as he scored 3 times and added an assist.  Kline's first two goals came with less than four minutes remaining in the opening period.  There was no scoring in the second but Kline set-up Alec Howie for Liverpool's third goal with 5:07 having elapsed in the third period.  Kline concluded his hat-trick performance with Liverpool's final goal coming with under seven minutes to play in the contest. The Privateers will conclude their weekend opening trip to Cape Breton Sunday afternoon when they take on the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles at the Dan K. Stevens arena.
Oct 3, 2021

Kline 4 point night as Privateers blank Jr. Miners 4-0

Bilodeau turns away 28 shots for Shut-Out The Liverpool Privateers and the Membertou Jr. Miners will not have to wait long to play their second game of the season against each other and it should be a dandy after both teams opened their 2021-2022 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season in Membertou Saturday night with the Privateers winning 4-0. Next Saturday's Oct 9 game will be at the Emera Centre in Queens County at 7:00 p.m. Eric Bilodeau recorded the shut-out for Liverpool turning away all 28 shots he faced while Daniel Kline was in the right spot at the right time, all the time as he scored 3 times and added an assist.  Kline's first two goals came with less than four minutes remaining in the opening period.  There was no scoring in the second but Kline set-up Alec Howie for Liverpool's third goal with 5:07 having elapsed in the third period.  Kline concluded his hat-trick performance with Liverpool's final goal coming with under seven minutes to play in the contest. The Privateers will conclude their weekend opening trip to Cape Breton Sunday afternoon when they take on the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles at the Dan K. Stevens arena.
Oct 3, 2021

Antigonish on the side of what they are certainly not used to

Pictou 5   Antigonish AA Munro Bulldogs 2   The Antigonish AA Munro Jr. Bulldogs came out of Friday's home opener of the 2021-2022 Nova Scotia Junor Hockey League staring at something in the standings, thye are not used to seeing in recen years.  What they saw was a 1 under the L column meaning a loss which they did in losing to the Pictou County Scotians 5-2 Friday night in Antigonish. Tanner Kay put the Jr. Bulldogs up 2-0 after twenty minutes with his first goal just 1:41 into the game and his second with only 2:15 left in the opening period.  It was the only scoring the Bulldogs would do for the remainder of the game as the Scotians came back with a goal in the second and four unanswered goals in the third ans final period. Connor Aucoin scored once and assisted on three other Pictou Goals with single markers going to Nathan Peters, Matt Carson with a pair including an empty net goal with 26 seconds remaining in the contest.  The other Scotians goal wqs netted by Luke Young
Oct 2, 2021

Penguins double Leafs 6-3 in lacklustre affair

East Hants 6  Valley Maple Leafs 3   With newly-elected Hants West MLA Melissa Sheehy-Richard dropping the puck for the ceremonial face-off and in her opening remarks, reminding fans in Windsor, this was the 54th year since Junior B Hockey began in Nova Scotia, the Leafs and East Hants Penguins squared off and with the exception of a couple of stretches by the Penguins to open the game up, it was essentially a lacklustre affair with the Penguins winning 6-3.  East Hants started strong out-shooting the Leafs 26-13 and taking a 3-1 first period lead.  The Leafs struggled defensively leaving Penguins alone in front of the net but in saying this, Leafs Goalie Aiden Durnford made the highlight reel save of the night less than three minutes into the game with the Pens Logan Cutler parked to the left side of the net and Durnford robbing Cutler blind. Durnford blocked 50 of the 56 shots he faced but it was only about 30 seconds after his spectacular save that Cole Stewart took a pass direectly in front of the net and dumped it behind Durnford. The Pens then began to dominate play for the next 7-8 minutes and went up 2-0 only 4:10 later when Evan McHenry had sole position of the puck coming in on Durnford and it was 2-0 Pens.  Griffin Radford on a soft shot brought the Leafs back to within 1 before Evan Wheeler, once again with lots f time controlling the puck scored with 8 seconds left to put the Pens back up by 2 at 3-1 after twenty minutes.  Both teams exchnaged a pair of goals in the middle period with the Leafs showing considerably more attention.  Robbie McDowell and Bruen Fisher scored goals after Andrew McCarron had the brought the Leafs back to within a goal at 3-2.  Witht he score 5-2, Chris Brown tallied for the Leafs with 2:19 left in the second and East Hants went to the dressing room up 5-3. Evan McHenry scored his second of the night late in the third period to make the final 6-3.  
Oct 2, 2021

NSJHL SEASON OPENS WITH A Blazers win over the Colts in their new home in Shearwater

Sackville 4    Capstone Colts 2 It was a hard fought game at the old CFB Shearwater Stadium, the new home for the Capstone Colts, formerly the Cole Harbour Colts on Friday night Oct 1st.  Veteran Tyler Puma gave the Colts a 1-0 lead with 3:37 having elapsed in the opening period in one of three Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Regular-Season opening games. Luc Arsenault then tied the league opener for the Blazers with 6:41 gone in the middle frame to knot the game between the Blazers and Colts to leave a 1-1 draw after two periods. With Donovan Cyr serving a cross-checking penalty for the Blazers, Brad Crossley put the Colts back in front 2-1 early in the third.  It did not stay that way for long as Mitch Comeau scored the tying goal for the Blazers with 8:06 gone in the final frame.  Deegan Noble rifled the game winner to put the Blazers ahead for the first time in the game with 9:57 to play.  Noble's goal and three assists paced the Blazers.  Noble also assisted on the Blazers Noah Healey's empty-net goal with six ticks showing on the clock to make the final 4-2 Sackville.  Adam Fisher stopped 31 of 33 shots in the Blazers net as they now prepare for their home opener Monday in Sackville at 7:30 as they face-off against the Brookfield Elks.
Oct 2, 2021

Blues under new Direction in 21-22

The Cumberland County Blues know both the good times and the bad times since they began play in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League nearly 20 years ago.  At the beginning, they were a strong powerful club that took no hostages along the way and advancing to at least 1 Don John Memorial Cup Tournament.  However over the past 8-10 years, things have not gone as well for the Blues who will open their 2021-22 schedule at home Friday evening in Springhill against the Brookfield Elks.  The Blues will be under the very capable leadershp of former NHL Veteran Bill Riley who took the team over after it appered the Blues were ready to drop out of the League earlier this spring. No question Riley will be looking to improve on the Blues 52-190-13 record over the past 8-10 years and he is confident this cn happen. Riley says the Blues will create a winning environment and battle every night.  With Riley's winning past it's a new start for the organization.  This year's team starts from the net out with number 1 netminder Josh Doyle.  He's a proven starter who comes to battle every night.  Add a solid Defensive core with a good mix of grit, skill and determination from our forwards and the Blues are excited to get the season started! The Blues will conclue a weekend home and home series with the Elks when they travel to Truro Saturday afternoon to play the Elks at the Colchester Legion Stadium.
Sep 30, 2021

Elks always staying positive

The Brookfield Jr. Elks enter each and every season with a positive outlook despite not having a winning regular season record since 2012-2013 when they went 19-10-2.  Since that time, the Elks have finished last in their division with a combined record of 6-80-9 in their last three complete seasons of hockey stretching between 2017-2018 and 2019-2020. The Elks have had a busy summer Experienced players: Connor Miller (OA) and Luke Fielding (2001) were impressive and improved a lot last season and will be valuable players this season in guiding a team with a lot of new faces.   Goaltending: Danny Walsh (2001) has been outstanding for the Elks and were excited to have him as the man between the pipes for another season.   Offensive: The Elks have a great deal of new faces and talent up front but Chase Nicholas (2004) who the Elks acquired in a deal with the Scotians, along with Cody Jollymore (2004) who the Elks acquired in a deal with the Blazers are two young key players who will log a lot of minutes for the Elks this season adding some fire power.   Defensive: Defensively the Elks have Jacob Bolger (2003) who joined the team last season and after an impressive jr A camp is back to be a top defenseman for the Elks.   Matt Melanson (2001) who the Elks acquired in a deal with the Bulldogs will be a big asset for the Elks on the blue line adding both size and a strong shot.   The Elks will 1/4 of their 2021-22 season in the month of October with eight games including a Home and Home with the Cumberland County Blues this weekend.  The second of this home and home goes at 7:00 p.m. in Truro Saturday night at Colchester Legion Stadium as the Elks await ice in Brookfield.  They also have road games in Sackville, the Valley and Port Hawkesbury with their other three home games in October against Antigonish, Membertou and East Hants.  
Sep 30, 2021

Privateers looking for another strong season

The Liverpool Privateers have had a very successful hockey club since moving to the South Shore nearly a decade ago.  They have yet to have a losing season, have made it to one Nova Scotia Provincial Championship against Pictou in 2015-2016 before losing in six games.  They have had a regular season record of 162-77-16.  However, despite their effective play during the regular season, they have always hit a bump in the road come playoff time.  In recent years they have had two absolute classic Best-of-Seven playoff series openers against the East Hants Penguins with many games going to overtime and double overtime but they came up empty both times, losing to the Penguins. The Privateers are on the road for their opening two games of the season to begin 21-22 as they travel to Membertou Saturday night for a game against the Jr. Miners and then conclude their weekend trip to Cape Breton by playing the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles Sunday afternoon. The Privateers want to remain strong this year and next as it is in the spring 2023 when they will host the Don Johnson Memorial Cup symbolic of Atlantic Hockey Supremacy. General Manager Jim Bottomely is excited saying the Privateers training camp was held   at the Halifax Forum under the direction of the new coaching  staff of Ben Duffy ,Thane Hughes and Cam Scott. He said, "This years attention was to re load on some top young prospects as we host the 2023 DOJO. In that regard Daniel Kline from Halifax who played for the McDonalds was very impressive at center and a late addition to camp was Aaron Lane from Bridgewater, who played defence last season for the Lumberjacks who  decided on starting his education at Dal , so due to the time commitment he will be another key addition.  A couple of returnees who stood out are Josh Nicholson at Defence , Matt Orman and Alec Howie up front and in nets Eric Bilodeau who recently returned from the Truro Bearcats training camp.   
Sep 30, 2021

Strait Pirates looking for strong season

The Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates had one of their best seasons ever in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Play in 2018-2019 when they won 29 of 32 regular season games before losing to the Sackville Blazers in the provincial championship.  They rebounded in 19-20 to go 17-9-4 but then COVID Struck shutting the league playoffs down and paying misery with the season schedule in 20-21. Now that 2021-22 is set to roll Friday Oct 1, the Strait Pirates will play ten games in the opening 6 weeks of the season, 6 at hime anbd 4 on the road.  Highlights include home and home series with the Pictou County Scotians, Eskasoni Jr. Eagles and the  Liverpool Privateers.  The Pirates will open at home against the Sackville Blazers Fri Oct 8. The Pirates return with much of their team from the abbreviated 20-21 season. They are looking for improvement from within as each player has gained a year of experience. The Pirates have also moved three players from the backend to forward where they played their midget hockey. A shortage of Defencemen meant they had to get creative and feel these guys will be in a better position to be successful. They have 14 forwards all capable of playing in this league and contributing.    The Pirates have three new faces on defense and have recently traded for Jason Johnson. He was dealt from the Pirates to the Miners near the deadline and has returned to us where he will be a key 20 year old defenceman.    In nets, both goaltenders are 20 year olds with a year of experience under their belts in the league.    The Pirates in working through training camp and the exhibition season haven't selected their leadership team yet but will have that in place before they start their regular season on October 8th at home vs the Sackville Blazers. 
Sep 30, 2021

Vaccine Policy in Place for a Reason

Nova Scotians want the province’s most vulnerable citizens to be protected from the pandemic. The fourth wave is hitting Nova Scotia hard, and while we still have some restrictions, border measures and a good vaccination rate, we need to do more.  We are mandating vaccination for those who spend the most time with vulnerable citizens, like people in long-term care, patients and children. This is not a decision we took lightly. But there are tens of thousands of people who have not received any dose of vaccine. The vaccine mandate will help keep our communities safe   As we open the 192 Game Regular Season Friday Night on four fronts with Brookfield in Springhill to play the Cumberland Blues, the East Hants Penguins in Windsor to play the Valley Maple Leafs, the Pictou County Scotians visiting Antigonish and the Sackville Blazers taking on the Capstone Colts in their new home at CFB Shearwater Stadium.  The League encourages everyone to play safe whilewishing every team the very best of success in their chase for the Don Johnson Memorial Cup with the Championship Tournament scheduled for New Brunswick in late April.  Incidentally, the Liverpool Privateers will host the Johnson Cup symbolic of Atlantic Junior Hockey Supremacy in Queens County in 2023.
Sep 30, 2021

Vaccine Policy to be enforced for NSJHL games

Nova Scotia has a population of 982,000 people.  At the present time 51,000 have not had a vaccine shot while 46,000 others are awaiting their second vaccine shot.  The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League and Board of Governors as the League prepares for it's season opening night Friday, Oct 1 want to ensure the safety of our fans and will be strictly following the rules laid out by Premier Tim Houston and Nova Scotia Public Health Wednesday afternoon.  Some of rules to be followed are as follows: Masks, for example, will continue to be mandatory in public places. So in hockey, our mask policy will remain the same as it was in Phase 4: On the ice, masks are not required during practices, training sessions, and games. Off the ice, masks will be required. Please note that coaches and instructors who work with more than one group must wear a mask at all times while inside the facility (including while on the ice). Physical distancing and gathering limits for events hosted by a recognized business or organization will be lifted. Proof of full vaccination will be required for non-essential events and activities (including all Hockey Nova Scotia-sanctioned events and activities).    
Sep 30, 2021

2021-22 NSJHL Schedule Released

Twelve Teams will hit the ice once again as the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League hopes to play a complete 32-game regular season with a full-round of playoffs.  This has not happened since the Sackville Blazers won the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Championship in 2018-2019.  The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons were both victims of Covid-19 as were sport leagues both amateur and professionally across the world. The 2021-22 season is expected to kick off Friday, Sept 24 in Port Hawkesbury when the Strait Pirates and Cumberland County Blues collide.  The Blues will be under new management this season with former NHL Player and Cumberland County native Bill Riley taking control of the franchise.  The Blues will continue opening weekend with a game in Membertou Saturday night Sept 25 against the Membertou Jr. Miners and Sunday afternoon when the play the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles in Eskasoni. Each team in the Fred Fox Division will play each other two home and two away, for example Sackville will play the Capstone Jr. Colts, Brookfield, the Valley Maple Leafs, the Brookfield Elks and the Liverpool Privateers four times each.  For the Sid Rowe Division, the Blazers will play the Membertou Jr. Miners, the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles, the Port Hawkesbury Canadian Tire Strait Pirates, the Pictou County Scotians, the Cumberland County Blues and the Antigonish Mutual Jr. Bulldogs one home and one away.  The schedule will work like this for all teams in the Fox and Rowe Divisions. In total 192 Regular-Season games are scheduled over the course of 155 days not counting the 2 week Christmas Break with the final regular season game slated for March 5th between the East Hants Penguins and the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles.  The playoffs will then begin sometime between March 6-9 leading to a Nova Scotia Junior Champion and a berth in the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Championship symbolizing Junior Hockey Supremacy in Atlantic Canada.  This will be a 5 team tournament that will include the four provincial champions plus the host starting in late April in New Brunswick.
Sep 5, 2021

Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Launches New Website!

We are thrilled to launch our brand new website, powered by grayjaysolutions.com! The new website brings a fresh, modern, and clean new look to our online presence, as well as new functionality, such as real-time scoring and electronic gamesheets. We hope you will love the new website as much as we do!
Nov 15, 2020