Valley Maple Leafs secure Game 1 playoff win over East Hants

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on February 22, 2014

Mitch Culley goes for the cover up as an East Hants Penguin attempts to drive the puck home. Culley stayed strong in nets for the Leafs Feb. 21, helping them win 5-2.

Published on February 22, 2014

Rookie Alex Feltmate, who contributed 41 points in the 2013-14 regular season, retrieves the puck from behind the Leafs' net to prevent the East Hants Penguins from having a chance to score. Pictured hot on his heels is James Shapligh.

Published on February 22, 2014

Defenceman Mitchell Singer, from Centre Burlington, fires a puck away from the Leafs' goaltender during quarter-final Junior B Hockey action Feb. 21 in Windsor. Pictured giving chase is East Hants Penguin Alexander Berry.

Published on February 22, 2014

After Mitch Culley blocks Marc Thibodeau's attempt on net, affiliated player Matthew Lyttle was quick to clear the puck from the Leafs' end.

Published on February 22, 2014

Steven Brooker keeps Jordan Lauther from getting too close to Leafs' netminder Mitch Culley.

Published on February 22, 2014

East Hants' Jason Ellis deflects the puck after the Leafs make an attempt on net early in the first period of their first playoff game Feb. 21.The Leafs went on to win the game 5-2.

Published on February 22, 2014

Affiliated player Makail Parker, of Brooklyn, takes his first shot on net during the Leafs' game against the East Hants Penguins Feb. 21. Parker scored twice for the Leafs in their 5-2 victory. Also pictured is East Hants netminder Jason Ellis.

Published on February 22, 2014

Affiliated player Makail Parker and Andrew Squires celebrate Parker's first period goal against the East Hants Penguins. The Leafs won 5-2 on Feb. 21 in Windsor before about 300 people.

Published on February 22, 2014

Hants County hockey player Makail Parker, an affiliated player with the Valley Wildcats, scored the Valley Maple Leafs' first and last goals of the game Feb. 21. Pictured celebrating after the first goal are Craig Anderson, Andrew Squires, Parker, and Steven Brooker.

Published on February 22, 2014

Jonathan Hunson may not have bested East Hants netminder Jason Ellis on this occasion, but he did score in the third period to put the Leafs in front 3-2. The Leafs went on to win the playoff game 5-2.

Published on February 22, 2014

Paul Rakei and team captain Marc Thibodeau gang up on Valley Maple Leaf Jeff Longaphy after taking issue with a second period play.

Published on February 22, 2014

Mitch Normore races the puck up the ice as East Hants team captain Marc Thibodeau follows in hot pursuit. The Valley Maple Leafs won the bout 5-2 on Feb. 21.

Published on February 22, 2014

Jonathan Hunson was at the ready during a second period face off near the Penguins' net. Also pictured is Jordan Lauther, from the East Hants team.

Published on February 22, 2014

Rookie Alex Feltmate, who contributed 41 points in the 2013-14 regular season for the Valley Maple Leafs, squares off against East Hants Penguin captain Marc Thibodeau during the third period of play Feb. 21.

Published on February 22, 2014

Assistant captain Colin Gillis was the first one to congratulate goalie Mitch Culley for a job well done in nets. The Leafs won their opening game of quarter-final playoffs in Windsor Feb. 21 against the East Hants Penguins.

The Valley Maple Leafs drew first blood in the opening round of playoffs against Hants County rivals the East Hants Penguins Friday night.

The Leafs defeated the Penguins 5-2 in Game 1 of the Fred Fox Division quarter-final Feb. 21.

Affiliated player Makail Parker, who skates with the Valley Wildcats, put the Leafs up 1-0 with 1:21 remaining in the first period.

Fellow Valley Wildcat Michael Dill, from Windsor, scored for the Leafs in the second period before East Hants struck back with two goals to tie the game 2-2. East Hants Penguins goal scorers were Jordan Lauther (power-play) and Marc Thibodeau.

The Leafs exploded in the third period with three goals. Jonathan Hunson started the scoring off, before Colin Gillis and Parker scored to give the Leafs a 5-2 final.

Assists went to Gillis (3), Hayes (2), and Andrew Squires, Alex Feltmate, Steven Brooker, and Jeff Longaphy.

Mitch Culley stopped 30 of 32 shots on net. The Penguins' Jason Ellis was tagged with the loss, stopping 40 of 45 shots.

The Leafs' head coach Josh Dill said he was pleased with their first victory in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs.

“All in all, I think we played a good game. There is some stuff we have to work on. Defensively we turned the puck over some,” said Dill.

The coach noted that Culley played another great game between the pipes for the Leafs, and the call up players held their own.

“They're fitting in real well and all four lines are playing great,” said Dill.

More than 300 people attended the Friday night game. Dill hopes as the playoffs heat up, more people will come out to cheer them on.

“If we could get 500 in the rink that would be awesome for us – good for the town, good for the community, good for the team, good for everyone.

Game 2 in the series is this Sunday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Windsor at the Hants Exhibition Arena. Be sure to check the Hants Journal for full game details.

 

 

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

Geographic location: Hants County, Windsor, West Hants East Hants

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