One goal short
Kameron Junior Miners fall to visiting Cole Harbour Colts.
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.
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.