Clean sweep

Wild­cats se­cure yet an­other game against Sum­mer­side

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY MATT LIT­TLE

If the Val­ley Ju­nior A Wild­cats could wish for one thing in 2017, it might be for more games against the Sum­mer­side West­ern Cap­i­tals.

Val­ley swept the sea­son se­ries ver­sus the Cap­i­tals with a 5 – 3 vic­tory Dec. 18 in Ber­wick. It was the third and fi­nal meet­ing of the Mar­itime Hockey League sea­son be­tween the two clubs, and fol­lowed a pair of 3 – 2 wins for the Wild­cats against the PEI team in Novem­ber.

Goal­tender Greg Mag­gio was named the game’s first star, mak­ing 44 saves for the win. Nic Blan- chard and Lukas Kane each had two goals in the win, with the game win­ner and an empty net goal to put the game out of reach, com­ing off the stick of Kane.

Ilya Putint­sev also added a goal and an as­sist for Val­ley in the win.

The win was a bounce back for the Wild­cats, who had fallen 5 – 1 the pre­vi­ous night in Truro against the Bearcats. Grant Janes had the lone goal in the Dec. 17 de­feat.

Kane, who was all smiles af­ter net­ting his first two goals of the sea­son, says it feels good to win all three en­coun­ters with Sum­mer­side this sea­son, and he’s hope­ful the team can build on it.

“We gotta work to­gether as a team, sup­port each other and hope­fully keep scor­ing goals to win.”

As­sis­tant coach An­dre Le­feb­vre praised the team’s effort Dec. 18, giv­ing the fans a home ice win just be­fore Christ­mas.

“Last night, we kind of spun our wheels in Truro. It was nice to see the boys come out and get the effort that we were look­ing for and get the re­sult.”

The Dec. 18 win pulled the Jun- ior A Wild­cats level on points with the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks for fifth place in the Eastlink South Divi­sion.

Val­ley returns from the hol­i­day break Jan. 5 in New Glas­gow against the league lead­ing Pic­tou County Weeks Crush­ers. The Wild­cats first home game of 2017 is Jan. 8 at the Kings Mutual Cen­tury Cen­tre in Ber­wick ver­sus the County Aces. Nic Blan­chard scores a goal Dec. 18 in the 5-3 Wild­cats win against Sum­mer­side. Blan­chard had two goals in Val­ley’s win­ning effort.

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