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Bulldogs lose game 6 of NSJHL Finals in heartbreaker

By Joe Thomson Apr 21, 2023 | 10:56 PM

The Antigonish Bulldogs were defeated 3-2 by the Capstone Colts in overtime of game six of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Finals.

The Colts struck first, with Liam Andrews finding the back of the net off of an assist by Cooper Puma. Andrews managed to score despite being short handed on the play.

The Bulldogs were quick to respond, as Will Fitzsimmons notched his league-leading 10th goal of the playoffs. Chris Keyes assisted on the play and the teams finished the first period tied at one goal a piece.

Antigonish came out strong in the second period and their constant pressure at the net ended up with Will Mireau squeezing the puck past Colts Goaltender Alec McVicar. Zachary Lorrette was credited with an assist to give him the most points of any player in the finals series.

It seemed like the Bulldogs might enter the second intermission with the lead, but with three minutes to play in the period Stephen Warwick scored for the Colts to tie things up once again entering the break. 

Things got chippy in the third period and both teams started to rack up the penalty minutes. Neither squad could break the deadlock and we were headed to overtime. 

The Bulldogs had a perfect chance to win the game but couldn’t capitalize on a penalty shot. Moments later, Cody Garcin scored the game winning goal for the Colts off of assists by Brayden Hooper-Richard and Will McRae. The goal tied Garcin for the series lead in points with Lorette.

Bulldogs Head Coach Dave Cusack said after the game that he thought his team played well, they just couldn’t manage to capitalize on their chances late in the game.

“We’re all excited to go home and try to win it there. We just have to play the same game and hopefully bury our chances,” said Cusack.

With the series tied at three games each it will all come down to tomorrow’s game seven. The Bulldogs will be at home this time with the Colts coming into town looking to steal the series from them. Puck drop is at 7:30.


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