Pirates drop pair to Miners as Jr. B trade deadline passes
Unless a Sidney Crosby drops from the sky before February, what you see is what you get with the Strait Pirates this season.
The trade deadline passed on Friday night as the Pirates fell 3-2 to the Glace Bay Miners at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. The next night in Glace Bay, the Miners romped to a 6-1 win.
The losses came with the scoring duo of Marc Bourgeois and Michel Desveaux out of the lineup. Bourgeois is out with an injury, and Desveaux packed it in to devote his time to school.
Desveaux leaving of his own accord solved the Pirates’ dilemma of having five over-age players, one more than the league rules permit. But it also put a dent in a lineup that already struggles in the goals department.
The Pirates mustered just 13 shots in Friday’s loss at home, scoring twice in the third period to make it close after Glace Bay went up 2-0 in the second.
David Greencorn scored to make it a one-goal game on a set-up from Scott MacLean.
Kyran Fogarty scored his second of the game shortly after to regain the Miners’ two-goal lead.
At 13:36, Kenzie Dowie scored on a play with defencemen Marc Fougere and Nathan Hayes, but the Pirates could not score the equalizer.
At the Bayplex on Saturday, six separate players provided the Miners’ offense while outshooting the Pirates 47-26.
David Greencorn scored the lone Strait Pirates goal. Glace Bay led 3-1 after one; 4-1 after two and added two unanswered markers in the third. Scott MacDonald picked up his eighth win of the year while Shawn Jeffrey, playing his first game since October after suffering a groin injury, took the loss. The Miners have just lost once in the last 14 games.
The two losses dropped the Pirates to .500 on the season with an 11-11-2 record.
Last year the Pirates got a boost from playing a home game in Cheticamp, and they can hope the change in scenery will spark them once again when they host the Glace Bay Miners at the Cabot Trail Arena this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, they will get a double-dose of Inverness County hospitality when they travel to Inverness for a Brookfield Elks home game.
Inverness defenceman Richard Nerysoo plays for the Elks, who agreed to play a home game at the Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural and Recreation Centre. However, the Pirates will hope that the fan support makes it more of a home game for them. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. in Inverness.
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