Valley Maple Leafs keep winning streak alive, thump Elks, Bulldogs

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on February 08, 2014

Andrew Squires takes control of the puck and wheels it up the ice during the first period of play Feb. 6 against the Brookfield Elks. Squires scored in the first period, and added an assist during the Leafs' 10-3 win.

Published on February 08, 2014

Mitch Culley picked up his 15th win of the season during the Leafs' 10-3 trouncing of the Brookfield Elks in Windsor Feb. 6.

Published on February 08, 2014

Andrew Squires, No. 21, assisted by Mitch Normore, puts the Leafs up 5-0 with this shot Feb. 6.

Published on February 08, 2014

A Brookfield Elk tries to regain some momentum after the Leafs' fifth goal in the first period of play Feb. 6. Pictured racing after him is Mitch Normore, who started and ended the scoring for the Leafs.

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Assistant captain Jeff Longaphy, pictured in pursuit of a Brookfield Elk, scored once for the Leafs Feb. 6 and provided two assists.

Published on February 08, 2014

Mitch Normore opened the scoring in the first period and closed the scoring in the third for the Valley Maple Leafs, who defeated the Brookfield Elks 10-3 Feb. 6 at the Hants Exhibition Arena.

Published on February 08, 2014

Brooklyn's Brandon Parker gives chase to a Brookfield Elk as the Leafs circled the visiting team's net. The Leafs scored 10 times during their home victory Feb. 6.

Published on February 08, 2014

Kinnon MacMillan took over in nets for the Brookfield Elks in the second period, stopping 24 of 26 shots directed his way. However, the Leafs gave themselves an 8-0 lead during the first, and held on to win the Feb. 6 game 10-3.

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Stuart Whidden fires a shot past the Elks' netminder, Kinnon MacMillan, scoring the Leafs' ninth goal of the evening.

Published on February 08, 2014

Greg Brown takes control of the puck during the final period of play, keeping the Brookfield Elks from making an attempt on net. Brown scored twice in the first period and assisted on two other goals during the Leafs' 10-3 victory.

Published on February 08, 2014

A mad scramble in front – and behind – the Leafs' net resulted in Connor Hirtle scoring a third period goal. The final score was 10-3 over the Brookfield Elks.

The Valley Maple Leafs went hunting Thursday night for two points, and had the Brookfield Elks bagged after the first period of play.

Then, on Sunday, Feb. 9, the Leafs showed no mercy as they easily defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The win put the Leafs in sole possession of first place in the Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Jr. Hockey League. They are two points ahead of the Sackville Blazers, and six points in front of the third place St. Margaret's Bay Ducks.


Thursday night victory

On Thursday night, Feb. 6, the Leafs staked themselves to an 8-0 first period lead before adding one goal in both the second and third to secure a 10-3 final at the Hants Exhibition Arena.

Mitch Normore opened the scoring for the Leafs a little more than a minute in. The game remained 1-0 until there was 8:29 remaining. David Hayes potted the Leafs' second goal. That was followed up 17 seconds later by a goal by Jeff Longaphy, and 12 seconds after that, a goal by Greg Brown. Just thirty-two seconds later, Andrew Squires put the Leafs up 5-0.

In the following four minutes, three more goals were scored, two by Jr. C call-up Tyler Young, and one more by Brown.

Head coach Josh Dill said after the first period blow out, the team had to work hard to maintain their discipline.

“Going into playoffs, it was a tough game. We scored a lot of goals early so it was kind of hard to stay focused,” Dill said in an interview at the rink.

The second period saw affiliated player Stuart Whidden, also with the Jr. C Avon River Rats, score for the Valley squad, which was followed by two goals by Elk Matthew Canning. Heading into the third, the Leafs led 9-2.

The teams traded goals in the third period, with Normore scoring again for the Leafs and Connor Hirtle tallying one for the Elks. Hirtle had a three-point night as he also assisted on Canning's goals.

Assisting the Leafs goal scorers were: Joe MacDougall (with three), Longaphy, Brown and Whidden (with two each), and Alex Feltmate, Mark Swain, Nick MacKenzie, Steven Brooker, Craig Anderson, Normore and Squires.

Mitch Culley picked up the win in nets, marking his 15th win of the season.


Leafs blank Bulldogs 6-0

The Leafs were at it again on Sunday, Feb. 9, when they took on the Antigonish Bulldogs and dominated the game.

The Leafs blanked the Bulldogs 6-0.

In the first period, Feltmate, Hayes and Normore scored. In the second, Feltmate added the lone marker.

Brandon Parker went in unassisted to score the Leafs' fifth goal of the evening about five minutes into the third period. Squires wrapped up the scoring a little better than two minutes later.

Assisting on the goals were Anderson, Normore, and Squires (with two each), and Swain, Parker, and Feltmate.

Culley turned away all 17 shots directed at him. The win marked his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.


Upcoming games

The Leafs have just two regular season games remaining before playoffs begin. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, they host the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners at 8:30 p.m. They wrap up their schedule Feb. 15 with an away game to take on the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks.

The last home game, Feb. 12, is going to be a special one as the Leafs are planning to donate their share of the 50-50 proceeds to Maggie Burbidge — a Falmouth teen who has been selected to compete on the prestigious East Coast Selects Q team. Burbidge was just one of three Atlantic Canadian players selected to the team. She's currently fundraising for her trip to Europe this spring.

Organizations: The Valley Maple Leafs, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Fred Fox Division Hants Journal Brookfield Elks

Geographic location: Antigonish, Falmouth, Europe Hants Exhibition Arena Nova Scotia Windsor Hants County

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