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Pirates host Miners in series opener

The Strait Pirates open their first-round Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series against the Miners on home ice.

The Pirates (14-16-4), who finished the regular season with five wins in their last six game, were fourth in the five-team Sid Rowe Division with 32 points.

The Miners (26-6-2) were first in the division- and tied for top spot in the entire league- with 54 points; they also swept the six-game season series.

Taylor Lambke, the head coach of the Pirates, told The Hawk Morning Show the stats don't matter- all they need is one win.

"We've played them tough all season- it's just a matter of getting that win and finishing it off to give us the confidence to know that we can beat them," he said. "It's important to get a big win (Friday) and then we know 'Hey- we can beat these guys'."

Puck drop at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre is 7:30 p.m.

Game two in the best-of-seven series is in Membertou Saturday night.

 

Bulldogs try to extend series lead against Scotians

The Antigonish Bulldogs will try to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Pictou Co. Scotians in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Bulldogs won the opener of the best-of-seven, first-round series 5-2 in Trenton Wednesday night.

Dave Synishin, Antigonish's head coach, tells The Hawk being relentless and physical was the key to their game one win, and that doesn't change for game two.

"I thought we did a real good job of it," he says. "We backed off a bit in the first after taking a lead, but really, had a great second period with 25 shots on goal, and it just carried through the whole sixty minutes."

Puck drop at the Antigonish Arena is 7:30 p.m.

The series returns to Trenton for game three Sunday night.

 

Local sports preview (Friday)

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There's one game in the Cape Breton West High School Hockey League.

The Dalbrae Dragons host the Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA Huskies in a match-up of the top two teams in the six-team league; the Dragons (15-3-1), who have already clinched a playoff spot ahead of their last game of the regular season, have 45 points, while the Huskies (10-7-1) are second with 31 points, a point up on third-place SAERC

Game time at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood is 7:30 p.m.


The province's two Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams are on home ice.

The Halifax Mooseheads host the Moncton Wildcats.

The Mooseheads (35-13-7), who have lost two of their last three, are second in the 18-team league with 77 points, five points behind Blainville-Boisbriand for top spot, and three points ahead of third-seeded Rimouski; the Wildcats (23-25-8) are 13th with 54 points.

Halifax has a 4-3 edge in the season series.

The game features three former Cape Breton West Islanders- Pleasant Valley's Jacob Hudson and Antigonish's Sean Stewart and Jake Stewart are in the Wildcats' line-up.

Two more former Islanders are on the ice together as St. Andrews' Declan Smith and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles host Pomquet's Logan Chisholm and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

The Screaming Eagles (25-23-6), losers of three of their last four, are 12th with 56 points, a point behind Sherbrooke for 11th, and two points ahead of 13th-place Moncton; the Titan (33-14-8) are fifth with 74 points.

It's the first of back-to-back games between the teams, who meet again in Sydney Saturday night.

Both games get underway at 7 p.m.

   

Cape Breton West High School Hockey League results (from Inverness Thursday)

Inverness/Baddeck Academy Rebels - 5
Richmond Academy Hurricanes - 4

The Rebels (9-8-1), playing their second game in as many nights after a 5-2 road loss against Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA in Cheticamp Wednesday night, are fourth in the six-team league with 27 points, three points behind SAERC for third, and eight points ahead of fifth-place Eskasoni.

The Hurricanes (5-14-1), playing their final game of the regular season, finish last with 16 points, three points behind Eskasoni for fifth.

 

Local sports preview (Thursday)

There's one game on the local sports schedule.

The Inverness/Baddeck Academy Rebels host the Richmond Academy Hurricanes in the Cape Breton West High School Hockey League.

The Rebels (8-8-1), who have their second game in as many nights after a 5-2 road loss against Cape Breton Highlands Academy/NDA in Cheticamp Wednesday night, are fourth in the six-team league with 24 points, six points behind SAERC for third, and five points ahead of fifth-place Eskasoni.

The Hurricanes (5-13-1), playing their final game of the regular season, are last with 16 points, three points back of Eskasoni for fifth.

Puck drop at the Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural and Recreation Centre in Inverness is 7:30 p.m.

   

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