Wildcats' goalie, Blade Mann-Dixon, left, with Brady Atwater
By John DeCoste
The Valley Junior A Wildcats dropped three homes games on home ice on consecutive nights last week, 2-1 to Yarmouth Nov. 28, 4-1 to Miramichi Nov. 29 and 5-3 to Summerside Nov. 30.
The three losses dropped the Wildcats to 11-10-2-1 on the season for 25 points, good for fifth in the Eastlink Division.
Shawn Boudreau’s shorthanded goal at 16:20 of the third period Nov. 28 was the game-winner for Yarmouth, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Josh Desmond opened the scoring for Yarmouth at 12:24 of the first period. Brady Atwater got Valley on the board with his fourth goal of the season at 12:15 of the third. Yarmouth had a narrow 32-30 edge in shots on goal.
The Nov. 29 game was tied at one midway through the second period before Miramichi struck for two goals in that period and one in the third for their 4-1 victory. Grant Janes had the lone Valley goal.
Shots on goal were 41-29 in favour of Miramichi.
Summerside entered the Nov. 30 game in Kentville with an 8-11-1-1 record, fourth in the Roger Meek Division, but got the hat trick from Alex Bradley for a 5-3 victory.
The Wildcats’ goals came from Atwater, Janes and Austin Harding.
Final shots on goal were 55-36 in favour of the Wildcats, with Simon-Pierre Chamberland making 52 saves in the Summerside net.
See a slideshow of photos from the Nov. 29 game at KingsCountyNews.ca
Junior B loss
On Nov. 29 in Windsor, Brookfield turned the tables on the Valley Maple Leafs, winning 3-2 in a shootout after Valley had won in a shootout when the teams played Nov. 26.
Matt Canning opened the scoring for Brookfield with a power play goal in the first period. After a scoreless second, Adriano DiGioacchino and Jeff Longaphy staked Valley to a 2-1 advantage, but Jordan Ashley tied the score in the final minute. The overtime was scoreless, and Mitchell Scott had the only goal of the shootout.
Final shots on goal were 39-31 in favour of the Wildcats.
Bantams defeated in Port Hawkesbury
The bantam Wildcats lost 7-1 to Nova Junior X-men Nov. 30 in Port Hawkesbury. James Hunter had the lone Kings Mutual goal, while Avery Warner had three goals to lead Nova.
The following afternoon, Patrick Howatt opened the scoring for the Wildcats, and the score remained 1-0 until Austin MacBurnie added a marker for Truro with 1:55 left in the game for a 1-1 tie. Truro’s Jack Lynds and the Wildcats’ Oliver Troop were both solid in goal.
Midgets defeated in Westville
The midget Wildcats, meanwhile, fell to 12-7-0-2-3 with two losses to the Pictou County Weeks, 5-1 Nov. 30 and 5-4 Dec. 1, both in Westville.
In the Nov. 30 game, the Wildcats trailed 3-1 after one period. Stone Harnish had the only Valley goal, while Nathaniel Leger, Noah Archibald, Matt Sartoris, Cody Johnston and Mark Vokey scored for Pictou County.
The next afternoon, Vokey’s power play goal in the third period, his third goal of the game, made it 5-3 and held up as the game-winner. Alex Rawding scored with 23 seconds left to pull Valley to within one for a final score of 5-4.
Lane Cormier and Blair Dewtie also scored for Pictou County, which had three power play goals. Makail Parker with two and Michael Dill with one had the other Wildcats’ goals.