The Antigonish Jr. Bulldogs and Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates put on quite a show in Antigonish Sunday evening as both teams opened their 2023-24 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Season. The clubs scored six goals in the opening period and were tied 3-3 after one, they went scoreless in the second before the Jr. Bulldogs scored twice in the third for a 5-3 win. Will Fitzsimmons and Will Normandeau both scored a pair of goals for the Jr. Bulldogs with Fitzsimmons second goal proving to be the winner. Zachary Lorette scored the other goal for the defending Atlantic Junior Champions. As for the Strait Pirates, Landon MacIntosh netted a goal and two assists with Sam Beaton adding the single marker for the Pirates. Nick Marshall added three assists for the winners. The Jr. Bulldogs outshot the Strait Pirates 24-22.
East Hants 10 Valley Maple Leafs 2
Both teams were coming off opening night wins on Friday but to say Sunday was a disappointment for the Leafs after their shut-out win Friday would definitely be an understatement as they were throttled by the Penguins 10-2. The first three goals in the opening frame all came on the power-play as Jayson Hanson and Logan Durno scored for East Hants while Brady Mackenzie scored for the Leafs. The Penguins scored four times in the second on a pair of goals from Ryan Langlois and Devin Meagher and Nick Veiont while Brady MacKenzie scored the Leafs lone goal to give him two goals on the night. Ryan Langlois capped his four goal night with a pair in the third period while Devin Meagher and Nick Veiont both added their second goals of the evening. Noah Comeau and Morgan Lake both added a triplet of assists for the winners who outshot the Maple Leafs 47-25. Langlois and Veiont both added a pair of assists in the East Hants win. Hanson also assisted on a pair of goals for the winners who are now 2-0-0 to begin the season.