Leafs finish Jr. B hockey season with back-to-back shootout victories

Carole Morris-Underhill
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The Valley Maple Leafs pulled off back-to-back shootout victories to finish the 2013-14 regular season strong.

The victories, one in Windsor on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the other on Saturday night in St. Margaret's Bay, marked 12 consecutive wins for the Leafs since Jan. 6.

They finished the season in the top spot in the Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, with 51 points. Of the 34 games played, they had 25 wins, eight losses, one shootout loss, and no ties or overtime losses.

The Jr. B squad are now preparing for playoffs, where they have home ice advantage. They take on the fourth place East Hants Penguins. The first game in the Best of Seven series is slated for Friday, Feb. 21 for 7:50 p.m. at the Hants Exhibition Arena, followed by Game 2 on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. This game will also be held in Windsor. The next two games will be held in East Hants the following weekend.


Saturday night highlights

The Leafs staked themselves to a 2-0 lead in the first period of their away game against the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks Saturday night but faced some difficulties in the middle frame.

The Leafs' rookie Alex Feltmate, who led the team in points accrued this season, was first to score with three minutes remaining in the first period. Assists went to affiliated player Michael Dill and Luke Short.

David Hayes followed it up less than 30 seconds later, with assists from Steven Brooker and Brandon Parker.

The Bay Ducks came roaring back in the second, scoring three times. Devin Tivey had two goals, and Nick Handrahan scored on the power-play.

The lone Leaf to score was affiliated player Makail Parker, who did so with assistance from call up Tyler Young and Andrew Squires.

The period ended tied 3-3.

The teams traded goals in the third, with Feltmate scoring his 19th goal of the season. Mitch Normore and Dill picked up the assists.

The Ducks knotted the score with 5:43 remaining in the period, with a goal by Jack Fraughton.

Nothing was solved in overtime.

The game went to a shootout, with the Valley squad emerging victorious. Feltmate potted the game-winning goal.

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

Geographic location: Windsor, Hants, Hants Exhibition Arena

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