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Three late goals give Pirates a 4-2 win over Eskasoni

Jason Johnson is the Strait Pirates’ top offensive defenceman, leading all blueliners with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in his rookie season.


-by Bill Dunphy


If you showed up for Friday’s Strait Pirates’ game with four minutes left on the clock, then you got to see the best four minutes of their 4-2 win over the Eskasoni Junior Eagles.
    The last-place Eagles, who pulled off a 7-5 win over the Junior Miners earlier in the week, were leading 2-1 and looking for the upset before the Pirates woke up.
    Unfortunately for the Eagles, the alarm clock went off before they could tiptoe unnoticed out of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
    Bryce Reynolds was the first to hear the alarm, scoring the tying goal at 16:11 on a play with Josh Foster.
    Thirty-seven seconds later, Pirates’ captain Jacob Keagan scored the game-winning goal, capitalizing on a feed from Joshua MacMillan to beat Eagles’ netminder Alexander Denny.
    Keagan added the insurance marker into an empty net to seal the deal, with Branden Dauphinee picking up an assist.
    The Eagles outshot the Pirates 35-22, with Hunter Forance keeping his team in the game, including through the second period where shots were 15-4 for Eskasoni, to remain undefeated in his Junior B career with his second win.

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