Strait Pirates win first NSJHL weekend set since October
Strait Pirates captain Jacob Keagan had a night to remember on Friday, scoring the first three goals in a natural hat trick – all on the powerplay – and then scored the last goal in an 8-2 win over the East Hants Penguins.
-by Bill Dunphy
Winning back-to-back games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League has been a challenge for the Strait Pirates this season, but they did it with flair on the weekend.
The Pirates put the boots to the East Hants Penguins on Friday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, avenging a 3-1 loss the previous Sunday with an 8-2 win. And in Eskasoni on Sunday, Inverness goaltender Hunter Forance made his Junior B debut by stopping 35 shots in a 7-2 win over the Junior Eagles.
The Penguins were up 1-0 after the first period on Friday thanks to a shorthanded goal.
That didn’t sit well with Pirates’ captain Jacob Keagan, who probably made Pirates history by scoring a natural hat trick in a four-minute span, and all of the goals coming on the powerplay.
In fact, each goal was almost a carbon copy of each other, with Keagan riding the blueline and firing hard risers through a screen at Penguins’ goalie Chris Mallette’s blocker side.