Leafs earn shootout victory, keep winning streak alive

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on February 13, 2014

Jonathan Hunson and team captain Craig Anderson were ready for action Feb. 12 when the Leafs took on the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners.

Published on February 13, 2014

Andrew Squires takes a shot on net but Eastern Shore Junior Mariner Tyler Boudreau deflected it. Both the Mariners and Leafs goaltenders turned away 37 of 39 shots on net during 65 minutes of play.

Published on February 13, 2014

Local hockey player Joe Hines makes the save as Floyd MacDonald tried to score for the Mariners Feb. 12.

Published on February 13, 2014

Joe MacDougall clears the puck as Dominic Howell and Noah Popwell (17) make an attempt on the Leafs' net early in the first period of the Leafs' last home game Feb. 12.

Published on February 13, 2014

Windsor's Mark Swain is in fifth place in points for the Valley Maple Leafs, having accumulated 27 in 30 games played – 13 of which were goals.

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Eastern Shore Junior Mariners goalie Tyler Boudreau goes for the cover up as Allen Power locks sticks with the Leafs' affiliated player Michael Dill.

Published on February 13, 2014

Rookie Alex Feltmate scored his 16th and 17th regular season goals during the Leafs' game Feb. 12 against the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners. He also scored during the shootout, which the Leafs won.

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Rookie Alex Feltmate celebrates scoring his 16th goal of the season for the Valley Maple Leafs Feb. 12.

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Mitch Normore, who had two assists during the Leafs' 3-2 shootout victory, was at the ready Feb. 12.

Published on February 13, 2014

The dying minutes of the third period of the Feb. 12 home game between the Valley Maple Leafs and the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners was a frantic one as both teams attempted to break the 2-2 tie.

Published on February 13, 2014

Affiliated player Michael Dill scored for the Leafs during the shootout against the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners Feb. 12, giving them the 3-2 win.

Published on February 13, 2014

Valley Maple Leafs teammates race over to Michael Dill after the exciting conclusion of the Feb. 12 home game against the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners. Dill scored in the shootout to secure their victory.

Heading into their final game of the season, the Valley Maple Leafs have already secured the top spot in the Fred Fox Division standings of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

The Leafs are now hoping to conclude their regular season with another win to make it 12 consecutive wins since Jan. 6.

Their 11th win came on Wednesday, Feb. 12, after winning the mid-week game versus the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners. It was a spirited match that was decided by way of a shootout.

The Mariners came out with everything they had, knowing they had to pull out a win in order to remain in playoff contention. Jordan Cox scored the lone tally in the first period, with assists going to Dominic Howell and Tim Mannette.

The Leafs' rookie Alex Feltmate, who leads the team in points accrued this season, scored twice in the second to give the home team a 2-1 lead heading into the third. In the 27 games Feltmate has played, the rookie has scored 17 times and assisted on 22 goals. Mitch Normore (with two) and Jonathan Hunson (with one) picked up the assists.

With about six minutes gone in the third, Connor Beck, from Josh Rector, tied it 2-2. The score stayed knotted for the remainder of the period. No penalties were called during the third period as both teams were focused on the task at hand. The five-minute sudden death overtime solved nothing, forcing the teams to a shootout.

Eastern Shore's Mannette scored on local goalie Joe Hines right from the start, but Hines then turned away Beck and Rector. Windsor's Mark Swain was first up but was denied. Feltmate scored on his attempt and then Normore was blocked. Being tied, it was announced the first person to score would win it 3-2. Cox, Noah Popwell and Howell all tried for the Mariners. Andrew Squires and David Hayes were denied for the Leafs before Michael Dill, an affiliated player who skated with the Valley Wildcats this season, scored to give the Leafs the win.

Final shots on net for both teams was 39. Tyler Boudreau was tagged with the loss in nets.

In an interview following the game, head coach Josh Dill commended the affiliated players for pitching in.

“We had four or five affiliate players,” said Dill. “They all stepped in. They played real good hockey, all in all.”

The Leafs' last game is an away match Saturday, Feb. 15, against the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks.

Even if the Leafs lose, they cannot be bumped from first place in the division and will hold home ice advantage when playoffs begin.

Dill said he hopes to see fans come out and support the Jr. B team as they attempt to capture the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League title.

“We're winning some hockey games, the guys are playing well and are gelling together so it'd be good to get some fans out and cheer us on for the playoffs,” he said.

Stay tuned to the Journal for full playoff details.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Valley Maple Leafs, Fred Fox Division Eastern Shore Junior Mariners NSJHL

Geographic location: Eastern Shore, Hants Exhibition Arena, Windsor Nova Scotia Hants County West Hants

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