Regular season winding down for Phantoms and Colts
AMHERST – With the end of the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League playoffs just around the corner, fans of the CIBC Wood Gundy Fundy Phantoms will get to see a preview of their first round playoff matchup against the Eastern Shore Mariners Friday night at Amherst Stadium.
The matchup will also be the Phantoms’ last home game of the regular season before the playoffs begin in mid-February.
The Phantoms enter Friday night’s game with four wins all season long and will be playing a team that has lost only four games during the 2010-2011 season, but the Phantoms have steadily improved in their matchups against the Mariners.
The Phantoms earned a spot in the playoffs against the Mariners after the New Waterford Jets dropped out of the NSJCHL a few weeks ago.
The Oxford Tim Hortons Colts travel to Barrington on Saturday to play the Ice Dogs, a team they could meet in the second round of the playoffs if they get past the Avon River Rats in the first round of the playoffs.
The Colts met the Claire Lions on Sunday at Oxford Arena, which is another team they could meet in the second round of the playoffs, and despite a third period rally, ended up losing the game 8-5.
The Colts had a mini-rally in the first period, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to end the period tied 2-2.
The Colts got on the board after Andrew Skinner scored off a feed from his brother Tyler Skinner with 3:38 left in the period.
Exactly two minutes later, Macadam Baird tied the game 2-2 off assists from both Skinner brothers.
Shots on goal were 11-9 in favour of the Lions after the first period.
Only one penalty was assessed in the first period, a bench penalty that went to the Colts.
The Lions went on a tear in the second period, scoring six goals to the Colts’ one goal, putting them ahead 8-3 by the end of the second.
The lone second period Colts goal was an unassisted goal by Marc MacIntosh.
The Lions outshot the Colts 19-6 in the second period and Colts’ goaltender Josiah Bartlett sat out for the third period and was replaced by Jessie Ogden.
A total of 10 penalties were assessed in the second period.
The Colts burst out of the gates in the third period, outshooting the Lions 20-9 and scored two power play goals, making it an 8-5 game.
Andrew Barron scored both Colts goals. The first off an assist from Jordan Duggan, and the second off assists from Duggan and Gallagher.
The final tally for shots on goal was 39-35 for the Lions. The Colts play two games at home next weekend against the Avon River Rats and the Barrington Ice Dogs.
The puck drops for the Phantoms game Friday night at 9 p.m.
Oxford Colt Mike Latinski races for a rebound during third period action against the Clare Lions Sunday afternoon at the Oxford Arena. The Colts lost 8-5.