It will be the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles and the Antigonish AA Munro Jr. Bulldogs in the Best-of-Seven Sid Rowe Division Final after the Eagles eliminated the Pictou County Scotians 5-2 in Game five of their semi-final series Saturday night in Eskasoni. The Eagles led 1-0 after twenty minutes on a goal from Alex Chapman before the Scotians on a pair of goals from Cal Maxner and Jayden Hatchard 25 seconds apart that were both set up by Hayden Burgess and Zach Houston gave Pictou the lead for three minutes in the second period. Alex Christmas and Marcellus Francis then both scored for the Jr. Eagles to give Eskasoni a one-goal lead which they never relinquished as they rolled to their 5-2 win. Sonny Kabatay and Dante Basque scored in the third period for the Eagles who have now won their first playoff series since joining the league as an expansion team for the 2017-2018 season. Eskasoni outshot Pictou 36-30.
East Hants 3 Liverpool 2 (OT)
The Penguins and Privateers are now deadlocked at two games apiece in their Fox Semi-Final and remain the only series yet to be decided in the first round. Bruen Fisher’s overtime goal with 6:47 to play in the first overtime period provided the Penguins with their 3-2 road win at the Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool Saturday night. Game 5 now shifts back to East Hants Sunday night beginning at 7:45 p.m. The Privateers Carson Gallant gave his club a 1-0 lead after the opening period on a short-handed effort with 2:23 to play in the opening frame. Blake Irvine tied it at 1-1 for the Penguins in the second before Alec Howie’s power-play goal put Liverpool up 2-1 going into the third period. The only scoring in the third came with only 6:23 to play as Morgan Lake tied the game at 2-2 and ultimately forcing overtime. Both goaltenders played exceptional as Marcus Pettipas turned away 63 of 65 shots for the Penguins while the Privateers Aidan Durnford blocked 42 of 45 shots as the Penguins were outshot by a wide margin. Game 6 in this series shifts back to the Emera Centre Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. If a seventh game becomes necessary, it will go in Lantz Wednesday night.