Nearly 600 fans, the biggest since the Liverpool Privateers' inception, came out to watch the team take on the Cole Harbour Colts on Sept. 16, for what turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat game.
"It was a tight game from start to finish but our guys stuck with it and it payed off in the end," said Privateers head coach Matt Quinn. "Even with a disallowed goal that was clearly in, our guys stayed positive and focused on what they could do to win the game."
After a scoreless first period, the Privateers made the first goal of the game two minutes into the second period. Despite several penalties for the Privateers, the team managed to keep the Colts at bay for most of the period. However, the Colts finally answered with two minutes left in the period with their own goal, tying it up going into the third period.
In the third, after trading shots back and forth, the Colts found the goal again eight minutes in. As the minutes ticked down it seemed as though the Colts had victory in their grasp. But with three minutes left of play the Privateers scored again, tying the game and forcing it into overtime.
With renewed energy the Privateers poured on the heat, keeping the puck in the Colts end. Their work paid off, with Brady Meech scoring the game winning goal.
Meech also scored the opening goal of the game. Logan MacLellan scored he other Privateers' goal. Goalie Logan MacEwan turned away 44 shots on goal.
Of the Colts, Quinn said they played a good game, and will be a tough opponent throughout the year.
"As the team that went to the finals last year we understand that our opponents night in and out will bring their A game when playing us. We have to be prepared every night we play (them)," said Quinn.
This season the Privateers lineup is evenly split with old and new players, with some leaving due to age limits of the league and others from trades. While Quinn said it's too early to get a good feel on how they are meshing together, he said the signs are good.
"As long as we are working on the same end goal and working through the highs and lows of the season together we believe this group will accomplish great things, while creating that chemistry great teams have," said Quinn
The Privateers' next home game is on Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm, Queens Place Emera Centre, where they will take on the East Hants Penguins.