One goal short

Kameron Ju­nior Min­ers fall to vis­it­ing Cole Har­bour Colts.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

The Kameron Ju­nior Min­ers were in con­trol for most of the game, but the vis­it­ing Cole Har­bour Colts made good on their chances as the vis­i­tors skated to a 4-3 win, Tues­day.

The game in front of 297 fans at the Mem­ber­tou Sports and Well­ness Cen­tre was a meet­ing of the top two teams in the Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League. The set­back ended the Ju­nior Min­ers’ win­ning streak at six games. They still boast the best record in the league at 20-6-1-0. The Fred Fox Divi­sion-lead­ing Colts im­proved to 16-7-3-0.

“We knew com­ing in they were a good hockey team and it was go­ing to be a good game,” said Ju­nior Min­ers head coach Ryan Mac­Dougall. “We knew if we made mis­takes, good hockey teams will cap­i­tal­ize on it. I think we played 50 min­utes of good hockey where maybe we took 10 min­utes off.

“They caught some breaks. Some­times we gave them some easy ones by not com­pet­ing or tak­ing a shift off or two, but that’s what hap­pens.”

Fol­low­ing af­fil­i­ate player Luc Arse­nault’s sec­ond goal of the game to put the Colts up 4-2, Kameron team cap­tain Shaun Neville scored on a penalty shot with 19 sec­onds to go. The Ju­nior Min­ers got a power play with 6.5 sec­onds to go, but ran out of time.

“We def­i­nitely have to hold our heads high af­ter that one,” said Neville. “We win as a team and we lose as a team. We have a good group of guys in there, and we’re ready to go to war in play­offs.”

Down 3-2 late in the game, the Ju­nior Min­ers al­most pulled even, but a Tris­tan Nor­dine goal was called off af­ter it was deemed the net was off its moor­ings.

“With four min­utes left and you’re push­ing hard and you get that goal dis­al­lowed, it’s a mo­men­tum swing,” said Mac­Dougall. “Ev­ery­one’s riled up on the bench and kind of gets you out of the game. Then they came back and scored an­other one.”

Nic Locu­ra­tolo opened the scor­ing in the first, but Sam Snow put the Ju­nior Min­ers on the board to even the score. Kameron lead­ing scorer Nolan Smith gave the home side a 2-1 ad­van­tage af­ter fin­ish­ing off a nice pass from Nor­dine in the mid­dle stanza.

An­other af­fil­i­ate player for the Colts, Lo­gan Mosher, also found the back of the net in the third pe­riod.

Colts net­min­der Jonathan Prall was a big rea­son for his team’s win. He de­flected 44 shots in the vic­tory. Ju­nior Min­ers goal­tender Lo­gan Cooke made 22 saves in the loss.

The Ju­nior Min­ers will look to re­bound on the road this week­end when they play the East Hants Pen­guins on Sun­day.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Sam Snow of the Kameron Ju­nior Min­ers, right, pro­tects the puck from Jef­frey Withers of the Cole Har­bour Colts in Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League play Tues­day at the Mem­ber­tou Sport and Well­ness Cen­tre. The Colts eked out a 4-3 vic­tory.

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