LANTZ: Matt Anthony wrote his name into the East Hants Junior Penguins record books, while Justin Campbell saw his 11-game goalless streak come to an end.
The two feats came as the Penguins swept a home-and-home set with the Fred Fox division cellar dwelling Eastern Shore Mariners Feb. 10-11 in Lantz and Musquodoboit Harbour.
Matt Anthony picked up four assists in the contest to put in atop the team leaderboard. The Shubenacadie native has moved into top spot as the all-time points leader with the Penguins, recording his 164th point and counting.
Overlooked in the aftermath of the game, and Anthony’s record-breaking night was Campbell’s goal scoring drought ending. The goal may have been the 11th one to find the back of the net, but the look of relief said it all–the drought was over, if only for one night.
The East Gore native hadn’t scored a goal since an 11-2 hammering of the Mariners, also in Lantz, on Dec. 16, 2011, a stretch of almost two months. He chipped in with three assists.
It was a return to familiar surroundings for Jon Doucet, who spent a year-plus calling the East Hants Sportsplex home. It wasn’t a kind return, as the Pens scorched their former teammate lighting the lamp behind him seven times on 33 shots. Tyler Sommers, Shane Robatr, and Randy Gilbert, also former Penguins, also suit up with the Mariners.
In a game that lacked much intensity, Mike McGahey gave the crowd of approximately 325 fans at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex something to cheer about.
The speedy and phyiscal defenceman who used to ply the blueline of the Pictou Scotians upended a Mariners forward with a solid hip check preventing them from getting any closer on Melvin Day and the East Hants net.
There were others who contributed to the victory.
Tommy McClelland notched two goals and an assist, while Tyson Aalders, and Cody Anthony supplied a goal and two helpers apiece. Former Mariner Mitch Egli and Marc Thibodeau each had two goals, while single tallies came from Scott MacDonald and Jonathan Clarke, who had an assist as well.
Matt Doudelet had three helpers, while McGahey and Jamie Sweet each had one.
Melvin Day stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced between the pipes.
In Musquodoboit Harbour, the Pens never led the game until Matt Doudelet’s game-winner 6:10 into the final stanza.
The two teams traded goals three times during a six-goal middle period with McClelland on the power-play, Matt Anthony, and Doudelet’s first.Trevor Thorne had the first tally of the night for East Hants.
Assists went to Campbell and Cody Anthony with two each, Nic Doucet, Matt Anthony, Cole Isenor, Matt Fortune, and Thibodeau.
Day earned the goaltending win in goal for East Hants. Doucet suffered the loss in the Mariners net.
East Hants has a busy final week, with two games against the Elks and one against first-place Bay Ducks, who they’re not to fond of after an incident the last time the two met. The Pens played in Brookfield on Valentines Day.
The Pens will host the Ducks on Feb. 17 in a 7:30 p.m. start, before ending the regular season at home Feb. 19 in a rescheduled game against Brookfield. Game time is 1 p.m. This game will see all minor hockey players get in for a special price of $2 if they’re wearing a hockey jersey.
Both games are scheduled for the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz.