By Tina Comeau
The standings have changed in the Eastlink Division of the MHL, but not for the Mariners.
What’s changed is who now sits in first place in the division and it’s the Truro Bearcats following a 4-3 Feb. 6 win over the Pictou Crushers.
A 6-3 Truro win over the Yarmouth Mariners on Saturday, Feb. 8, further helped to keep Truro ahead of Pictou in the standings.
After splitting their games on the weekend, the Mariners are still in fourth place in the division behind Amherst.
The Mariners played both of their games this past weekend on the road. On Friday, Feb. 7 they managed to come from behind to tie the Bridgewater Lumberjacks and force the game into overtime. The Mariners eventually won the game 6-5 in a shootout.
On Saturday the Bearcats doubled the Mariners 6-3, scoring two goals in each period to the Mariners’ one.
The Mariners have three games this week, playing against the Crushers in Pictou on Thursday night. On Friday night Yarmouth hosts Amherst and on Saturday night they host the Valley Jr A Wildcats.
Here is the MHL game recap from the Mariners’ Saturday, Feb. 8 game with Truro:
Truro 6 – Yarmouth 3
Philip Fife opened the scoring at 5:04 to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. Jacob Smith scored at 6:41 to extend the lead to 2-0. Justin Rasmussen on the powerplay (Morgan Messenger, Connor Donaghey) scored at 12:25 to get the Mariners on the scoreboard at 2-1 after the first period.
Kyle Tibbo scored at 1:56 to increase the lead to 3-1. Braden Mercier (Danny Wicks, Donaghey) scored at 7:06 to cut the lead to 3-2. Brandon Pye (powerplay, game winner) scored at 16:57 to double the lead to 4-2 after the second period.
In the third period Wicks (Mercier, Donaghey) scored at 3:05 to narrow the lead to 4-3. Daniel Perigo scored at 8:48 to widen the lead to 5-3. Smith (powerplay, second goal of game) rounded out the scoring at 11:41.
Truro went 2 for 7 on the powerplay while Yarmouth went 1 for 2. Jacob Fancy stopped 17 of 20 shots for the win while Chase Gaudet stopped 35 of 41 shots in the loss.