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LANTZ: Matt Peruzza might just be the spark the East Hants Junior Penguins needed in their push for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Peruzza, who wears no. 78, joined the team recently and in three games has recorded four goals, leading the East Hants squad to a pair of crucial victories as the season winds down. The Pens picked up 2-1 and 4-2 wins over the Liverpool Privateers and Sackville Blazers, respectively.

On home ice at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportspelx on Jan. 22, Peruzza’s late first period goal stood as the winner as the Pens earned a key two points against the Privateers, who they’re battling with for a playoff spot.

The two teams combined for 84 shots on goal in the three periods of play.

Riley Strowbridge had the other tally in the win. Devon Rose, Shaun McEachern and Cody Anthony earned helpers on the goals.

Jason Ellis was solid between the pipes for East Hants, turning aside 40 of 41 pucks he faced. Jacob Dempsey suffered the loss, stopping 41 of 43 in the Liverpool net.

Against the Blazers, Peruzza notched a hat trick—including two goals in the third period, one on the power play, powering the Pens to double up the Blazers 4-2.

Hamish Miller had the other Penguin marker.

Assists went to Paul Rekai with a pair, while single helpers went to Cole MacDonell, Dominic Agostini, Taylor MacDougall, and Riley Strowbridge.

Jason Ellis earned the goaltending win stopping 42 of 44 pucks sent his way, while Riley Piercey was tagged with the loss in the Blazers net. He faced 42 shots, turning away 38 of them.

Jamie MacIntyre suffered a knee injury in the game and is expected to be lost for the remainder of the season.

East Hants to have a rematch on Jan. 29 with the Blazers in Lantz.

The Pens start what will be a busy stretch to the end of the regular season on Feb. 5. They play six games in a nine day span. They host the Brookfield Elks at 7:30 p.m. at the East Hants Sportsplex.

East Hants then hits the road to Liverpool on Feb. 6 for a game with the Privateers; will be in Brookfield for an away tilt with the Elks on Feb. 9 with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop at the...
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