Valley Maple Leafs stun East Hants Penguins 6-0

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on January 25, 2014

The Valley Maple Leafs home game against the East Hants Penguins was a hard-hitting affair right from the start.

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With the Leafs shorthanded, Colin Gillis helped keep the Penguins busy by forcing the puck to their end. Pictured for East Hants, giving chase, is Cody Anthony.

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Defenceman Luke Short fires the puck across the ice to a teammate during Jr. B hockey action Jan. 24 in Windsor.

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Brandon Parker, No. 23, is congratulated by his teammates after putting the Leafs ahead 1-0 Jan. 24.

 

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Windsor's Mark Swain had a three point night Jan. 24 against the East Hants Penguins, scoring twice and adding an assist.

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Nick MacKenzie prevented this East Hants forward from getting any closer to the Leafs' goaltender Mitch Culley as he went to stop a puck.

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Jonathan Hunson celebrates scoring the Leafs' fifth goal of the evening, Jan. 24.He scored twice for the Leafs during their 6-0 win over the East Hants Penguins.

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The Valley Maple Leafs celebrate Jonathan Hunson's second goal of the evening Jan. 24.

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An East Hants Penguin attempts to collect the rebound during second period action Jan. 24 in Windsor.

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Jonathan Hunson and Luke Short look to defend the Leafs' net while the Penguins were on the power-play. Pictured in front for the Pens is Cole MacDonell.

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East Hants goaltender Coleman Ueffing denies the Leafs' David Hayes the chance to fire off a shot during the second period of play Jan. 24.

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Mitch Culley goes for the save as defencemen Luke Short tries to take out an East Hants forward.

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The first and third periods of the Valley Maple Leafs' home game against East Hants Jan. 24 were quite scrappy. Pictured here is Cole MacDonell taking out goaltender Mitch Culley. Several penalties were called following this play.

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The first and third periods of the Valley Maple Leafs' home game against East Hants Jan. 24 were quite scrappy. Several penalties were called following this play.

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The Penguins' Matthew Shackell and Brandon Parker exchange words while the referee looks to avoid another fight.

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Mitch Normore takes down an East Hants Penguin looking for a chance to put the visiting team on the scoreboard. Ready to steal the puck is the Leafs' team captain Craig Anderson. The Leafs kept the Penguins scoreless Jan. 24.

The Valley Maple Leafs showed no mercy when the East Hants Penguins were in town Friday night, Jan. 24, downing their Hants County rivals 6-0 and reclaiming second place in the Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

The Leafs staked themselves to a 4-0 lead after the first period, with goals from Mark Swain, who registered back-to-back goals, Brandon Parker, and Jonathan Hunson.

Heading into the third period, the Leafs led 6-0. Hunson, with his second of the night, and Colin Moore were the goal scorers.

Picking up assists for the Leafs were Parker (2), Colin Gillis (2), David Hayes (2), Swain, Luke Short, Mitchell Normore, Kyle Kavanagh, Nick MacKenzie and Steven Brooker.

“We got off to an early start and we maintained the lead and kept plugging away. We stayed fairly disciplined, even though it did get a little bit chippy at times,” said assistant coach Brett Fletcher following the game.

The Leafs' goaltender, Mitch Culley, was superb between the pipes, stopping all 44 shots on net. The win marked Culley's fourth shutout in 16 games this season. He has a save percentage of .918.

Jason Ellis started in nets for the Penguins, playing 20 minutes and stopping 14 of 18 pucks. Coleman Ueffing took over for the second and third periods, stopping 24 of 26 shots on net.

“Culley played well in nets, getting the shutout,” said Fletcher, adding, “Everybody played well as a team, knowing their role. We won as a team.”

The game was, at times, a scrappy one, with both teams finding themselves in the penalty box several times in the first and third periods. Only two penalties were called in the second.

Joe MacDougall and the Pens' Michael McGahey were tossed from the game in the first period. McGahey received two minutes for being an instigator, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute game misconduct, while MacDougall received two minutes for tripping, five for fighting and a 10-minute game misconduct.

The Penguins' Matthew Shackell also left the ice, doing so in the third period after receiving two minutes for roughing, a three-minute gross misconduct and a 10-minute misconduct. In relation to the penalties doled out to Shackell, Parker received two minutes for cross-checking.

As soon as the game ended, East Hants' Jonathan Biron was handed five minutes for slashing and a 10-minute game misconduct.

The win marked the Leafs' 18th victory of the season. They are now just one point back from the Sackville Blazers, the divisional leader. The Penguins are in third place, two points behind the Leafs, with 35 points.

The Leafs are back in action this Wednesday, Jan. 29, for a make up game against the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks. They will then return to Windsor to host the Blazers at the Hants Exhibition Arena Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:50 p.m.

 

 

Organizations: Penguins, The Valley Maple Leafs, Fred Fox Division Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League East Hants Penguins Valley Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Hants County, Windsor, Hants Exhibition Arena

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