Penguins dump Blues in shootout

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Trevor MacKenzie nets winning goal for the East Hants Penguins in a shootout to lift the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cumberland County Cool Blues.

LANTZ (Staff) - Trevor MacKenzie nets winning goal for the East Hants Penguins in a shootout to lift the Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Cumberland County Cool Blues.

"We fell behind 3-1 and the boys worked hard to battle back and tie the game,' Ron Reynolds, coach and general manager of the Blues said.

"This was a good game and a good test for the boys. It was very close, tight-checking hockey throughout and I'm pleased with the effort,' he added.

The first period was scoreless with the Penguins out-shooting the Blues 15-12.

The second period saw the Penguins come out quickly.

At 1:39, Andrew Chase connected to put the Penguins on the scoreboard. Ben Clarke and Darcy Morrison earned the assists. Then, 37 seconds later at 2:16, this line struck again. This time it was Clarke who scored with Chase and Morrison earning the assists.

The Blues finally got onto the scoresheet at 15:13, when Seth Crowe found the mark, Nathan Lavigne assisted.

Just over two minutes later, at 17:55, the Penguins struck again as Shea Brennan scored with Chase and Clarke earning the assists.

The third period saw the Blues shut the Penguins scoring down while netting two unanswered goals.

Cody Firth scored at 5:22, with Crowe assisting. Then a power play opportunity saw the Blues tie the game at 11:22, when Mark Rozaks shot found the mark. Ryan Smith and Andrew Brennan assisted on this effort.

Being an exhibition game, the teams had agreed to waive the playing of the overtime period and when directly to the shootout. It only took three shots by each team for the Penguins to win the shootout. Trevor MacKenzie scored the first goal of the shootout for the Penguins which turned out to be all that was needed. Clarke and Dean Perley scored while no Blues player could find the mark.

Matthew Bracegirlde kicked out 40 of the 43 shots he faced to earn the win for the Penguins while Matt Kimber turned aside 48 of the 51 shots he faced to take the loss for the Blues.

The Blues will be back in action on Saturday night when they travel to Broofield for a contest with the Elks and then play a return match on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

Organizations: Penguins

Geographic location: Broofield

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