League changes assist giving title to Blues forward
Brookfield - There's a controversy brewing over the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's scoring title.
The league said on its website Sunday executives were notified that Cumberland County Blues forward Dave Burke assisted on his team's first goal on Friday night but the point was initially given to Brandon Rumble. Burke and Brookfield's Jimmy Scullion were tied following Sunday's action with 71 points.
"Upon intensive discussion and investigation, including with the referee of that particular game, who stated he directed the scorekeeper to make the necessary change and upon further review it now shows that Burke collected two assists on the night," the website said.
With the change, Burke won the scoring title.
Scullion had one assist in the Elks 5-4 loss Friday in Port Hawkesbury. The Elks lost that contest despite holding 3-0 and 4-1 leads over the Strait Pirates.
Brett Lauther scored twice while singles went to Thomas Whidden and Chris Armsworthy. Ryan Blaauwendraat and Mathew Ryder each had a pair of assists.
Armsworthy lead the league in goals with 32 in 34 games, four ahead of Dustin Campbell of Sackville. He was three behind Elks coach Randy Frame's club record of 35 goals.
Scullion was named to the Fred Fox Division first all-star team Sunday while Chris and Doug Armsworthy each made the second team.
The Elks open their junior B playoffs Tuesday at home against the Windsor Royals.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex.
The fourth-place Elks will host the opening game of their Fred Fox Division series with the top-ranked Windsor Royals. East Hants plays the Bay Ducks in the other semifinal.