Valley’s Stone Harnish scored an even-strength goal with 1:22 remaining in the third period to win the game for the Valley midget AAA Wildcats Dec. 19. - Gary Manning photo
By John DeCoste
The Valley Midget AAA Wildcats continue to put together a solid 2013-2014 season. The Wildcats split a pair of home games in the week before Christmas, blanking South Shore 2-0 Dec. 19, then dropping a 5-2 decision to Halifax Dec. 21.
The Dec. 19 game was scoreless until Stone Harnish scored with 1:22 remaining in regulation time. Harnish then added his second goal into an empty net with three seconds left on the clock. Lukas Kane assisted on both goals.
Roman Bengert turned aside 37 shots to earn the shutout. Colby Muise stopped 38 of 39 shots in the South Shore goal.
Two days later, only Kane, on the power play, and Alex Rawding had goals for Valley.
The Junior A Wildcats, meanwhile, snapped a lengthy losing skid with a 4-3 win over South Shore Dec. 21 in Kentville.
The Wildcats had lost six in a row and had 10 losses in their previous 12 games, including a 4-3 overtime loss Dec. 19 in Dieppe and a 5-2 loss Dec. 20 in Woodstock.
On Dec. 21, Justin Thomas’s goal at 2:57 of the third period broke a 3-3 tie and held up as the game-winner. The Wildcats trailed 3-1 early in the second period before striking back with three unanswered goals. Brad Ryckman (shorthanded), Austin Harding and Colby Tower had the other Wildcats’ goals.
Chad Cullen (on the power play), Brennan Forgeron and Jesse MacInnis had the South Shore goals. Final shots on goal were 38-28 in favour of the Wildcats.
The Junior B Valley Maple Leafs were tied for second in the Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Junior League as of Dec. 23 with a 13-8-0-1 record for 27 points.
In their most recent action, the Maple Leafs dropped a 4-3 decision to Bay Ducks Dec. 13 in Windsor, allowing the Ducks to pull into a second-place tie.
The score was tied 2-2 after one period, and the Ducks led 3-2 after 40 minutes. Jonathan Hunson, Alex Feltmate and Stuart Whidden had the Valley goals, with Hunson and Feltmate’s goals both coming on the power play.
The Kings Mutual Bantam AAA Wildcats, meanwhile, were still looking for their first victory of the season. Kings Mutual lost 6-2 to ACCEL Hawks Dec. 12 and 6-1 to Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm Dec. 14 to drop to 0-20-2.
In the Dec. 12 game, Jakob McQuillan and Rhylan Morse (on the power play) had the Kings Mutual goals. Ryan S. Breau had a pair of goals for the Hawks.
On Dec. 14, McQuillan had the lone Wildcats’ marker.