Penguins edge Leafs 5-4

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on December 02, 2012

Windsor's Mark Swain celebrates after recording his fifth goal of the season for the Valley Maple Leafs during their Dec. 1 game against the East Hants Penguins.

Published on December 02, 2012

Brooklyn's Dylan Lowthers clears the puck from the Leafs end after Mitch Culley makes a block.

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Nick MacKenzie's quick thinking prevented this puck from going in the net in the first period.

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Defenceman Kyle Kavanagh digs in deep to try to prevent Penguins forward Connor Sullivan from scoring.

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Penguins forward Connor Sullivan takes a shot at Leafs netminder Mitch Culley, who turned away the puck. Culley was in nets for the Leafs' loss, stopping 37 of 42 shots on net.

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Cole MacDonell fires a shot at Mitch Culley, who got ahold of it.

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Jory Uhlman celebrates the Leafs' first goal of the evening. The Bridgewater native recorded two goals Dec. 1 against the East Hants Penguins.

Published on December 02, 2012

Jory Uhlman celebrates the Leafs' first goal of the evening. The Bridgewater native recorded two goals Dec. 1 against the East Hants Penguins. Pictured flanking Uhlman are Colin Gillis, left, and Luke Short.

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Middleton's Colin Gillis had some good chances on net but East Hants Penguins netminder, Jason Ellis was sharp between the pipes. He stopped 36 of 40 shots on net.

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Daniel Keayes waits for a pass from his East Hants teammates while Leafs' goaltender Mitch Culley anticipates the next play.

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Jory Uhlman returns to the bench with his teammates after tying the game 4-4, shorthanded and unassisted, with mere minutes remaining on the clock. Also pictured is Jeff Longaphy and, in the background, Nick MacKenzie.

The East Hants Penguins tallied a power play marker in the dying minutes of their Dec. 1 match up with the Valley Maple Leafs to win it 5-4.

For fans, it was a game filled with second chances and senseless penalties.

The teams played a scoreless first. The second period opened with the Penguins' captain and sharp-shooter Marc Thibodeau firing one past Leafs netminder Mitch Culley. Assists went to Jamie Sweet and Nicholas Doucet.

Within a matter of minutes, the Leafs, led by Jory Uhlman and assisted by Colin Gillis and Dylan Lowthers, tied it up.

East Hants responded within four minutes to go ahead 2-1 with a goal by Cole MacDonell, from Cody Anthony and Daniel Keayes.

Windsor's Mark Swain, with his fifth goal of the season, tied things up. Assists went to David Hayes and Kyle Kavanagh.

There was no more scoring for the remaining half of the second period.

Swain was ready to score again for the Leafs when they took the ice in the third period, doing so unassisted, at 2:20.

Thibodeau then tied the game up after being fed the puck from Kyle Ritchie and Doucet.

Forward Trevor Thorne then scored to put the East Hants squad ahead 4-3.

With the clock ticking away, the Leafs received two minor penalties, leaving them severely shorthanded. Uhlman, on a breakaway, potted one to put the game within reach for the Leafs. However, just seconds letter, still on the power play, Sweet, assisted by Doucet, tallied to win it for the Pens.

Shots on net were evenly paced, with Culley, who was tagged with the loss, facing 42 while Jason Ellis, who earned the win, faced 40.

Valley Maple Leafs Head Coach Josh Dill said penalties really hurt their chances.

“I didn't think we played well at all. We took a lot of stupid penalties,” said Dill in an interview following the loss. “We weren't prepared and we weren't ready to play the game.”

The Valley squad received a total of 20 minutes in penalties – all minors; all for moves like elbowing, slashing, high-sticking and hooking.

 

 

Elks down Leafs 5-2

Earlier in the week, on Nov. 27, the Leafs visited the Brookfield Elks' stomping grounds and were defeated 5-2.

Goal scorers for the Leafs were New Germany's Josh Crouse and Delhaven's David Hayes. Assists went to Jake Galbraith and Craig Anderson.

“We had a few issues Tuesday night,” said Dill. “We played a good hockey game but had a few bad turnovers and the puck just wouldn't go in for us.”

The Valley Maple Leafs are scheduled to be back in action Monday, Dec. 3, in Sackville. They will return to home ice, playing at Acadia University, on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. for a rematch with the Elks.

 

Organizations: The Valley Maple Leafs, Penguins, Acadia University East Hants Penguins Valley Maple Leafs Leafs Brookfield Elks Sackville Blazers Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League NSJHL

Geographic location: The Valley, New Germany, Sackville East Hants Hants County Kings County Kentville Windsor

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