Reg­u­lar sea­son wind­ing down for Phan­toms and Colts

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS/PUZZLES - BY DAVE MATHIESON

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.

DAVE MATHIESON  THE CIT­I­ZEN

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.

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