Former Elks goaltender settling nicely with Scotians
TRURO – It may not be his favourite colour, but Spencer Scott likes wearing green these days.
The 21-year-old Bible Hill resident is enjoying his new posting as goaltender for the Pictou County Scotians of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, following his trade from the Brookfield Elks a month ago for defenceman Jordan Mont, forward Ryan Langille, a pick this season and future considerations.
"It's exciting," Scott, widely regarded as one of the league's top goaltenders, said. "They've got a good program there in Pictou County and it's exciting to play hockey knowing you're on a competitive team."
That wasn't the case in Brookfield. The Elks (5-22-3-2) are treading through a rebuilding season with a young squad that has been on the wrong end of more than its share of lopsided scores. Consequently, Scott, a former junior A goaltender with the Truro Bearcats, found himself peppered with shots on a nightly basis. But Scott kept most scores from getting out of control prompting Elks general manager Joel Dawe to use his star to stockpile young talent for the future.
"And it gives Spencer the opportunity to play and perhaps win somewhere else where we're not going to make the playoffs this season," Dawe said. "They've got a very good offence there and they needed help keeping the puck out of their own net and in my opinion Spencer is the best in the league at that."
"So we wanted to look at our future and get some pieces to help our rebuild."
Langille has since been flipped to the Strait Pirates for another draft choice this year.
Dawe said he was happy with the moves, especially the acquisition of Mont.
"He's a strong, steady and young defenceman who's willing to learn," Dawe said.
Scott, five-foot-11, 175-pounds, holds a 2-3 record for Pictou County thus far with a 3.61 goals against average. The Scotians (12-13-1-2) are in the thick of the battle for second place in the Sid Rowe Division, trailing the Strait Pirates (13-12-1-2) by just two points.
Scott said he knew he was in a good situation the moment he stepped into the Scotians' dressing room. He already knew forward Zach Bates and several other players on the roster from having played with or against them throughout his rise to the junior ranks.
"Right off the bat, everyone was extremely welcoming," Scott said. "It really helped allow me to just go out and play as opposed to worrying about some of the other distractions that could come up."
His only focus now is on helping the Pictou County squad win.
"Absolutely," he said. "It's my last season and these guys are having a good year so hopefully I can help them. It's just about winning."
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