Valley Maple Leafs drop to third place in Fred Fox Division standings

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on December 15, 2013

Jonathan Hunson was in the right place to snap the puck past Bay Ducks goaltender Maxxim Freener just two minutes and nine seconds into the first period to put the Leafs up 1-0 Dec. 13.

Published on December 15, 2013

Jonathan Hunson is congratulated by teammates Mark Swain and Alex Feltmate Dec. 13 after scoring the first Valley Maple Leafs goal of the evening.

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Dylan Lowthers gets a handle on the puck to clear it from the Leafs end while Nolan Healy was in hot pursuit. Also pictured for the Leafs is Luke Short.

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Ken MacInnes tries to keep control of the puck as Bay Ducks Nolan Healy and Conor Carson attempt to steal it.

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Windsor's Mark Swain leads the charge up the ice against the visiting St. Margaret's Bay Ducks. In the 19 games he's played with the Valley Maple Leafs this season, he's scored eight times and assisted on eight other goals.

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David Hayes tries to break free so he could be in a position to score for the Leafs. In the 22 games he's played with the Valley-based team this season, he's scored nine times and added eight assists.

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Kyle Kavanagh gives Bay Ducks captain Connor Baker a good shove in an attempt to keep the front of the net clear.

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Brooklyn's Brandon Parker and Bay Ducks captain Connor Baker engaged in a friendly tilt during the third period.

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Brooklyn's Brandon Parker and Bay Ducks captain Connor Baker engaged in a friendly tilt during the third period.

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The Leafs' Dryden Schofield tangoed with St. Margaret's Bay Ducks' Daniel Bates as the third period had about seven minutes remaining.

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The Leafs' Dryden Schofield tangoed with St. Margaret's Bay Ducks' Daniel Bates as the third period had about seven minutes remaining.

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Liam Cavanagh reaches behind him to catch the puck that bounced off the top of the net. He made the save Dec. 13 against the Bay Ducks.

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Greg Brown's breakaway attempt was stymied by Bay Ducks goaltender Maxxim Freener.

The visiting St. Margaret's Bay Ducks managed to hold onto a 4-3 lead to defeat the Valley Maple Leafs Dec. 13 and move into second place in the Fred Fox Division standings.

A good-size crowd braved the weather and came out to the Hants Exhibition Arena Friday night to watch the Windsor-based Nova Scotia Jr. Hockey League team play.

The Leafs, playing their last game before the Christmas break, started the scoring off early in the first period, with a power-play goal from Jonathan Hunson. Assists went to Alex Feltmate and Greg Brown.

The Ducks then responded with two goals of their own before Feltmate tied it up with 1:20 remaining in the first period. The assist went to Adriano Digioacchino.

The Ducks went ahead 3-2 in the second, and 4-2 near the start of the third period. The Leafs tallied one more in the third as they attempted to mount a comeback. The power-play goal came from Stuart Whidden. Assisting with the goal were Mitchell Singer and Hunson.

“We had two breakaways when we were on a penalty kill and that would have been kind of a game changer for us. It was at a critical time,” said Leafs assistant coach Rob Lindsay following the game.

Both attempts were blocked by Maxxim Freener.

Despite pulling their goalie, Liam Cavanagh, when they were on the power-play in the final minutes of the game, the Leafs could not find the equalizer to force overtime.

Scoring for the Ducks' victory were Josh Clarke, Conor Carson, Brian Naugle, and Logan MacIsaac. Assists went to Ben Richardson (2), Sam Pasich (2), Carson, MacIsaac and Connor Baker.

Cavanagh was tagged with the loss, stopping 20 of 24 shots on net, while Freener recorded the win, stopping 33 of 36 shots.

Lindsay said they had some trouble maintaining momentum throughout the game but still put on a good show for fans.

“We have a lot of talent in the dressing room so it's kind of frustrating when we don't see the effort we're expecting out on the ice,” said Lindsay following the game. “I will give the boys credit. We came back in the third and made a game of it but the reality is we need to put together a full 60 minutes in order to pull out wins and be a top notch competitive team in this league.”

Lindsay said he saw some positives during the Friday night loss, noting Dylan Lowthers “hustled his butt off there for a while. He's really playing strong when he does that.” He also pointed out the solid play of Digioacchino, Feltmate, Hunson and Mark Swain.

There were two tilts during the third period, with Brooklyn's Brandon Parker taking on Baker, the Ducks' team captain, and Dryden Schofield standing his ground against Bay Duck Daniel Bates.

Lindsay noted a few of their players are still recuperating from injuries, and exam schedules caused issues for some of their players. He's hoping to see the Leafs back in the win column when they return from the Christmas holidays.

“They've got a big three week break so they should be all rested and hopefully healthy and coming back and ready to go on to the second half of the season,” Lindsay said.

The Leafs are currently in third place in the Fred Fox Division standings, with the Sackville Blazers and Bay Ducks holding the top spots in the division. The East Hants Penguins are hot on the Leafs' heels, currently in fourth place.

“It's a real tight division. Every point counts and we need to put the effort in every night,” noted Lindsay.

The Leafs are idle over the holidays, returning to action Jan. 3 in Windsor when they take on the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners. Game time is 7:50 p.m. at the Hants Exhibition Arena.

“There's lots of hockey left in the season. We will get our redemption yet.”

Organizations: Fred Fox Division, Valley Maple Leafs, Nova Scotia Jr. Hockey League

Geographic location: Brooklyn, Windsor

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