Hants County showdown set for Nov. 18
Valley Maple Leafs win at home, lose on road to Blazers
The Valley Maple Leafs did not waste any time in taking the Eskasoni Jr. Eagles out of the game Oct. 19 in Windsor during the Leafs’ home opener.
The Eagles started off well but could not sustain any kind of offensive threat.
The Eagles’ netminder Levi Denny did everything he could to keep the puck out of the net but the Leafs swarmed him like bees. John Chambers finally put the puck behind Denny to go up 1-0.
Ben Dixon was then sent to the penalty box for kneeing but that didn’t stop the Leafs’ Ethan Rendell-Watson from scoring. The short-handed marker signified the first of his three goals on the night.
Cody Burghardt tallied his fourth goal of the season to put the Leafs up 3-0.
There was no looking back for the Leafs, who dominated the remaining two periods, winning the bout 10-3. Other goal-scorers were Chambers, with potted two more, rookie Dean Vial, Stuart Kennie and Nathan Clarke.
Some animosity broke out in the third with 149 of the game’s 194 penalty minutes being handed out. In all, there were seven minors, five majors, six misconducts and five game misconducts handed out by officials.
Sackville 4, Maple Leafs 2
The Sackville Blazers recorded their eighth win in 10 games this season when they took on the Valley Maple Leafs Oct. 22. The Blazers won the match 4-2.
The Leafs simply could not find the back of the net against Justin Sumarah enough times, despite rifling 56 shots against him.
Burghardt and Vial were the lone scorers for the Leafs.
The Valley Maple Leafs will return to the Hants Exhibition Arena Nov. 2 to host the Junior Miners in a 7:30 p.m. start. Fans can then catch them back in action in Windsor on Nov. 16 when they host the Antigonish Farmers Mutual Junior Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. and then Nov. 18 when they face off against their county rival, the East Hants Penguins. The Sunday game time is 3:30 p.m.