By John DeCoste
The Summit Hyundai Valley midget Wildcats are firmly in control of their NSMMHL playoff quarterfinal series with the South Shore Canadian Tire Mustangs following a 4-1 victory Feb. 5 in Berwick.
With the win, Valley takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Games three and four are scheduled for this past weekend in Bridgewater.
The remainder of the series, should it go longer than four games, has not yet been finalized, but would need to be completed by Feb. 17. Game five would be in Berwick, game six in Bridgewater and game seven back in Berwick.
Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3 but was postponed due to weather and had to be rescheduled.
The Wildcats opened the scoring on Jacob McNutt’s even-strength goal at 13:59 of the first period. Grant Janes then made it 2-0 Valley after one period with an even-strength goal at 17:14.
Janes, one of several Wildcats to play a good two-way game, increased the lead to 3-0 with his second of the game, the only goal of thesecond period at 15:59.
In the third period, Brett Tidman made it 4-0 at 6:28 before Alex Nauss spoiled Michael Pettet’s shutout bid with a power play goal at 12:11. Pettet ended up facing 18 shots, stopping 17 of them.
As was the case in game one of the series Feb. 2 in Berwick, the Wildcats enjoyed a wide edge in shots on goal, making for another busy evening for Mustangs’ goalie Cole Skinner.
Skinner faced 51 shots in game two, stopping 47 of them, after turning aside 39 of the 40 shots he faced in the Wildcats’ 1-0 victory in game one.