Trail se­ries 3-1

River Rats faced elim­i­na­tion from play­offs over the week­end

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY DAN BOYD WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Head­ing into week­end play, the Avon River Rats were on the brink of elim­i­na­tion.

The Avon River Rats worked hard for a two-game sweep Feb. 24-25 against the East­ern Shore Thun­der but they had to set­tle for just one win.

Lead­ing into their game on March 3, the Thun­der led the Rats 3- 1 in their Best- of- Seven Nova Sco­tia Re­gional Ju­nior Hockey League semi- fi­nal se­ries.

On Feb. 24, there was no scor­ing in the first pe­riod and the sec­ond pe­riod saw over 17 min­utes of hockey played be­fore Kyle Armswor­thy put the River Rats up 1-0.

The Rats could not hang onto that lead as the Thun­der struck back with a goal with only 25 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod. The Thun­der did all their dam­age in the fi­nal pe­riod, win­ning 3- 1 to take a 3- 0 se­ries lead.

But Feb. 25 in Wind­sor, the River Rats staved off elim­i­na­tion by de­feat­ing the Thun­der 7- 3 and forc­ing a fifth game in the se­ries.

Lo­gan Cleve­land scored the only goal of the open­ing pe­riod. The Rats ex­ploded for four goals and a 5-0 lead af­ter 40 min­utes. The first two Avon goals came from Armswor­thy and Sa­muel Plourde 20 sec­onds apart be­fore Armswor­thy scored again, this time on the power-play. Will Tren­holm added an­other power-play goal for the 5-0 Rats ad­van­tage.

The third be­gan with East­ern Shore scor­ing be­fore the Rats went up 6-1 on Cleve­land’s sec­ond goal of the game. East­ern Shore then scored two more, one of which was on the pow­er­play, to make the score 6- 3 be­fore Avon’s Alex Kelly scored with 3: 42 to play to send the se­ries back to the East­ern Shore March 3. If they won that bout, the River Rats were sched­uled to pay Game 6 in Wind­sor on March 4.

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