The Junior A Valley Wildcats faced off against the Yarmouth Mariners at the Kentville Centennial Arena on Oct. 5. The Wildcats’ Mike Molloy was keeping a close eye on the action. Molloy lost his stick at one point in the second period and used his body in an attempt to block a shot on goal. – Kirk Starratt, www.kingscountynews.ca.
By John DeCoste
After picking up three of a possible four points on a weekend trip to Cape Breton, the Summit Hyundai Valley Midget Wildcats are solidly in the middle of the pack in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League.
The Wildcats lost 5-4 to the Cape Breton Tradesmen in a shootout Oct. 5 in Sydney, then came back with a 6-3 win over the Tradesmen Oct. 6.
The results left the Wildcats with a record of four wins, three losses and two shootout losses, good for a three-way tie for third place in the NSMMHL standings.
On Oct. 5 at Centre 200, Alex Rawding’s goal with 39 seconds left in the third period tied the score at four and forced overtime, giving both teams a point.
After a scoreless overtime, Cape Breton picked up the extra point by winning the shootout.
Stone Harnish, Ryan Parker (on the power play) and Wyatt Stark had the other Valley goals in regulation time. The score was tied 1-1 after one period and tied 3-3 after 40 minutes.
Wildcats’ goalie Roman Bengert turned aside 27 of 31 shots. Logan Cooke stopped 23 of 27 for Cape Breton over the first 65 minutes of the game.
On Oct. 6, Valley put the game away by scoring four of the five second period goals to erase a 2-1 Cape Breton lead after one period.
Harnish scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats, one in the first period and one in the second. Lukas Kane, Michael Dill, Eli Hughes (both on the power play) and Duncan McKie had the other Valley goals.
Junior A Wildcats
The Junior A Wildcats dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Yarmouth Oct. 5 in Kentville.
Colin Campbell had the game-winner 47 seconds into the extra session after the teams finished regulation time tied at two.
Brandon Weir and Darcy Burley had the Valley goals, both on the power play. Brandon Syms and Sean Fraser (on the power play) had the Yarmouth goals in regulation time. Yarmouth outshot the Wildcats 34-29.
Junior B Valley Maple Leafs
The Valley Maple Leafs Junior B team had a tough weekend in Cape Breton, losing 4-2 to Port Hawkesbury on Oct. 4, then dropping a 10-2 decision Oct. 5 in Glace Bay.
Colin Moore and team captain Craig Anderson (on the power play) had the Valley goals Oct. 4.
Colin Gillis and Matthew Viney scored for the Leafs in the Oct. 5 game.
The Kings Mutual Bantams, meanwhile, dropped a pair of games on home ice to the Nova Junior X-men. The Bantams were shut out 4-0 on Oct. 5 and narrowly defeated 4-3 on Oct. 6 in Berwick.
The Oct. 5 game was scoreless after two periods before the X-men erupted for four third-period goals. Kings Mutual was outshot 32-18, with Paul Janes (28 saves) by far the busier of the two goalies.
On Oct. 6, the Wildcats led 3-1 early in the third period, only to see the X-men strike for three unanswered goals. Spencer Barron’s second goal of the game with 33 seconds left was the game-winner.
Jakob McQuillin, Zachary Forsythe (shorthanded) and Liam Parker (on the power play) had the Kings Mutual goals, and Jonah Vidito picked up three assists.
Oliver Troop stopped 23 of 27 shots in the Wildcats’ net, while his teammates had 24 shots on X-men goalie Peter Kopf.