The Avon River Rats are now 1-2 under new head coach Grant Veinot following an 8-3 setback to the league-leading Spryfield Silver and Black Attack this past weekend.
The River Rats trailed 2-0 after the first period before they fell apart in the second period and were outscored 5-1. Tyler Young scored his 19th goal of the season for the River Rats in the second period.
Spryfield, who garnered their 15th win of the season against three losses, went up 8-1 in the third period before Sam Ross scored a pair of goals mid-way through the final period to make the final score 8-3.
Young and Ross continue to lead the way in offensive production. Besides his 19 goals, Young has 14 assists for a team-leading 33 points. Sam Ross, who assisted on Young's goal besides the two he scored, has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points on the season.
The River Rats will play their 20th and 21st games of the season this weekend, both on the road, as they visit Truro Friday evening, Dec. 20, for a game against the Fundy Rhino Renovations before going to Clare Saturday evening, Dec. 21, for a contest with the last place Clare Lions.
The Lions’ game in Windsor against the River Rats that was scheduled for Dec. 15 was postponed due to the winter storm. It will be one of seven games the River Rats will play in January and early February to close out the 28-game regular season.
If the Nova Scotia Jr. C Hockey League playoffs could have started today, the fifth place River Rats (who have a record of 6-13) would be going up against the 10-5-1 fourth place Fundy team.
Spryfield leads the league with 30 points followed by Amherst who trail the Attack by three points and Barrington with 24.
This Friday's game in Truro will mark the third game of the season between the Rhinos and the River Rats. Fundy won the first game 6-4 and the River Rats won the next game 5-3.