Tough weekend for junior A Wildcats

John Decoste
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The chances are getting slimmer that the Valley junior A Wildcats are going to be able to move up in the MJHL standings.

The Wildcats, who have been locked into fifth place for some time, dropped a pair of road games this past weekend, falling 5-3 Feb. 14 In Truro and 6-1 Feb. 15 in Yarmouth, to fall to 18-21-4-1 on the season, good for 41 points. Valley was 16 points behind Amherst and Yarmouth who were tied for third with 47 points each.

On Feb. 14, first-place Truro broke open a 1-1 game after one period by outscoring the Wildcats 4-1 in the second. Valley had the only goal of the final 20 minutes.

Philip Fife, Tyler Morrison, Brandon Pye, former Wildcat Brandon Boutilier and Daniel Perigo had one goal each for Truro, and Jacob Smith had three assists.

Morrison and Pye’s goals both came on the power play. Boutilier’s goal, which gave Truro a 4-2 lead, was the game-winner.

Austin Harding, on the power play, Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud and John Deacon scored for the Wildcats. Final shots on goal were 31-20 in favour of Truro.

In Yarmouth Feb. 15, Danny Wicks had a pair of goals and Connor Donaghey three assists in leading Yarmouth to a fairly lopsided victory.

The Mariners led 1-0 after one period and 5-0 after 40 minutes before each team scored a goal in the third period.

Braden Mercier, Zack Henry, Billy Hartley and Connor Rogers had the other Yarmouth goals, while Brad Ryckman replied for the Wildcats with his team-high 21st goal of the season. Yarmouth had a 47-31 edge in shots.

Organizations: Wildcats, Mariners

Geographic location: Yarmouth

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