Round up of hockey action in Kings County
The Kings Mutual Bantam Wildcats lost their match-up Sept. 21 in Halifax against the Scotsburn Crushers in Berwick. – Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
By John DeCoste
The Summit Hyundai Midget Wildcats are back to .500 on the season after winning two of their three games last week.
After a 1-2 start to the NSMMHL regular season, the Wildcats took on Halifax McDonalds Sept. 18 in Halifax and fell to 1-3 with a 3-2 loss. Dillon Boucher scored the winner, his third goal of the game, with 14:42 remaining in the third period.
Makail Parker, in the opening period, and Brett Tidman, in the second period, had the Valley goals. Roman Bengert stopped 24 of 27 shots in the Wildcats’ goal, while former Wildcat Justin Ritcey saved 32 of 34 at the other end.
The rest of the week was pretty much all positive for the Wildcats as they edged Newbridge Gladiators 4-3 in a shootout Sept. 21 in Dartmouth, then nipped Cole Harbour 5-4 Sept. 22 in Berwick.
On Sept. 21, the Wildcats prevailed in a shootout after the teams finished regulation time tied at three. Brett Tidman had two first period goals, while Ryan Parker’s goal with 4:34 left in the third forced overtime.
Newbridge finished with a 37-31 edge in shots on goal.
On Sept. 22, Tidman’s goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period was the game-winner, breaking a 4-4 tie.
After a scoreless opening period, Tanner Forrest, Stone Harnish and Alex Rawding staked the Wildcats to a 3-0 second period lead.
Cole Harbour struck back to narrow the gap to 3-2 before Michael Dill made it 4-2. The second period ended with Valley ahead 4-3. Brody MacIsaac tied the score for Cole Harbour, setting the stage for Tidman’s fourth goal in three games.
Bengert turned aside 29 of 33 shots to earn the win in goal.
Junior B action
In other hockey action from the weekend, the Valley Maple Leafs are off to a 2-0 start to the Nova Scotia Junior B League season after a pair of wins over the Bay Ducks. Valley won 3-2 Sept. 20 in Liverpool and 4-3 Sept. 21 in St. Margaret’s Bay.
On Sept. 20, Dryden Schofield, Alex Feltmate and David Hayes scored the Valley goals. Feltmate added two assists, and Colin Gillis also finished with a three-point night.
The next day, Colin Moore’s goal with 7:47 remaining in the third period was the eventual game-winner. Gillis, Jonathan Hunson and Matthew Viney also had goals, and Moore and Viney ended up with two points each.
Junior A action
In Junior A action, the Summit Hyundai Valley Junior Wildcats dropped both their weekend games to fall to 2-2 on the season. The ’Cats lost 4-2 to Summerside on Sept. 21 in Kentville, then dropped a 5-2 decision Sept. 22 in Truro.
On Sept. 21, the Wildcats spotted Summerside a 4-0 lead. Power play goals by Brandon Weir and Justin Thomas cut the lead in half, but that was as close as the Wildcats would get. The Western Capitals had a narrow 39-38 edge in shots.
On Sept. 22, Truro jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Wildcats again came back with a pair of late goals by Pat MacIsaac and Mike Molloy. Jeff Arkin and Blade Mann-Dixon combined to face 36 shots.
The Kings Mutual Bantam Wildcats fell to 0-4 on the season after falling 3-1 to Scotsburn Crushers Sept. 21 in Berwick and 4-2 to ACCEL Hawks Sept. 22 in Halifax.
Douglas Kosciukiewicz had the lone Kings Mutual goal against Scotsburn, while Jonah Vidito had both Valley markers against ACCEL.