UPDATE: Maple Leafs win eighth straight, back in action Thursday

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on February 01, 2014

Kyle Kavanagh and Justin Hessian, of the Sackville Blazers, crash into the boards during play Jan. 31 in Windsor.

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Mitch Culley denies Justin Hessian's attempt on net early in the first period of play Jan. 31.

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Kyle Kavanagh and goaltender Mitch Culley work in concert to clear the puck from in front of the Valley Maple Leafs' net. Pictured looking to score is Sackville Blazer Brian Reardon.

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Kyle Kavanagh and Justin Hessian share some words, and some hits, during the first period of play Jan. 31 between the Valley Maple Leafs and the visiting Sackville Blazers.

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David Hayes attempts to score on Jonathan Boutin. Just a short time later, Hayes was successful, scoring the Leafs' third goal of the evening.

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Sackville goaltender Jonathan Boutin looks behind him as the Leafs celebrate Steven Brooker's second period power-play goal.

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Teammates Craig Anderson, left, and Alex Feltmate, right, congratulate Steven Brooker's second period power-play goal, which put the Leafs up 2-1.

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It got a little crowded, at times, in front of the Valley Maple Leafs net Jan. 31 when the Sackville Blazers came to town.

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This hit to the Leafs' Nick MacKenzie started a brawl that stirred the fans from their seats and resulted in a number of penalties.

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The Leafs' Colin Moore and Luke Short go after Blazer Matthew Arthur after he slammed their teammate Nick MacKenzie (on the ice) into the boards.

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A brawl broke out during the third period of play Jan. 31 between the Valley Maple Leafs and the visiting Sackville Blazers, which resulted in a number of penalties.

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Mitch Culley was sharp in nets Jan. 31 against the Blazers, turning away 30 of 32 shots for his 14th win of the season.

The Valley Maple Leafs are on a winning streak.

Since returning from Christmas break, the Leafs have gone undefeated, collecting their eighth consecutive win Saturday, Feb. 1 while in Musquodoboit Harbour.

The Leafs nipped the Eastern Shore Junior Mariners 5-4, and took over the top spot in the tight Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Rookie Alex Feltmate had a pair of tallies, while singles went to Jonathan Hunson, Jeff Longaphy and Andrew Squires. Assists went to Brandon Parker (2), Longaphy, Mitchell Singer, Nick MacKenzie and Steven Brooker.

Goaltender Joe Hines picked up the win for the Leafs, stopping 38 of 42 shots on net, while Brandon Dorrington was tagged with the loss.

 

Friday night highlights

The Valley squad's seventh win was recorded in Windsor, Friday night, Jan. 31.

Before an ever-growing hometown crowd, the Leafs thumped the Sackville Blazers 5-2, which put them within one point of securing a playoff spot.

At the Hants Exhibition Arena, the Leafs fell behind 1-0 after the first period. The Blazers' Braden Kamermans, from Brett Arthur and Brian Reardon, was the lone goal scorer in the first.

“We played a great first five minutes in the first period. I don't know what happened to the boys in the last 15, but in the second and third, they certainly made up for it,” said assistant coach Rob Lindsay following the win. “They gelled together and pulled out a big, big win for us as we're fighting for the top spot.”

The Leafs wasted no time scoring in the second, with team captain Craig Anderson tying the game, on the power-play, just 24 seconds in. About seven minutes into the middle frame, Brooker, a Wolfville native, scored on the power-play, putting the Leafs in front 2-1.

The Blazers' Jarrett Johns, from Brett Arthur and Jordan Keizer, tied it up with 10:57 to go in the second. David Hayes scored soon after, and with a little more than three minutes on the clock, Feltmate scored, unassisted, to give the Leafs a 4-2 lead heading into the third.

The lone goal scored in the third was from Feltmate.

Picking up assists for the Leafs goals were Hunson (2), Mitch Normore (2), Feltmate, Mark Swain, and Squires.

Mitch Culley was sharp in nets, turning away 30 of 32 shots for his 14th win of the season. Jonathan Boutin was tagged with the loss, stopping 25 of 30 shots.

Lindsay noted it was good to see Longaphy be able to return to the line up.

“He's a versatile guy. He... ended up playing forward on the wing and I'll take him as a fourth line guy any day of the week because he certainly showed he can do both sides,” said Lindsay of the team's assistant captain.

The first and second periods were relatively mild, with the Valley squad recording five two-minute penalties in the first and six penalties in the second. The Blazers received two penalties in the first and five two-minute penalties in the second period. The final period was a different story. With 15:20 remaining in the game, a brawl broke out, with the Blazers' Andrew Skinner receiving five for fighting and two 10-minute game misconducts, and Brett Arthur receiving five minutes for fighting, two minutes for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct. For the Leafs, Colin Moore received five for fighting and two 10-minute game misconducts, while Greg Brown received five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute game misconduct.

The Leafs' Brooker and Luke Short each received a two-minute penalty in the third, and the Blazers' Matthew Arthur and Reardon both received two minutes for cross-checking and a 10 minute misconduct.

“It's always nice to have a big win at home. We beat them in their barn the last time we played them so I'm sure they're not a very happy club,” said Lindsay.

The Leafs will take on the Brookfield Elks this Thursday, Feb. 6, in Windsor at 7:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night. However, in order to assist the Jr. C Avon River Rats with scheduling their playoffs, Lindsay said the Leafs moved to the Thursday night time slot to free up Friday night for the River Rats.

 

 

Organizations: The Valley Maple Leafs, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Windsor, Wolfville

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