Stuart Whidden scores big for River Rats, Hants team wins 9-5

Dan Boyd
Published on November 20, 2016

Peter MacDougall, No. 3 with the River Rats, regains control of the puck.

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WINDSOR, N.S. – The Avon River Rats are still at the top of the standings after thumping the Eastern Shore Thunder 9-5 in Windsor Nov. 18.

The River Rats and Thunder went back and forth in the opening period at the Hants Exhibition Arena, with the period ending in a 2-2 tie. Avon's goals were scored by Stuart Whidden, who tallied his first of his four goals, and Cam Dauphinee

Tyler Dixon, with the River Rats, scored on the power-play to make it 3-2 just 2:44 into the second. The Thunder then tied it up. The River Rats finally broke the game open with three power-play goals in the final 6:36 of the second frame. Whidden collected his second and third goals of the evening, while Jordan Spence scored the first of his two goals.

Josh Macleod makes another impressive split-second save in the first period.

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Mitchell Urquhart, No. 21 with the Avon River Rats, gets ready to face off against the Eastern Shore Thunder at the Hants Exhibition Arena.
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Between a pair of goals by the Thunder to open and close the third period, the Rats scored three more times. Goals came from Whidden, who also collected three assists that night, Allister Avard and Spence.

Devon Pennell and Tyler Comeau continue to impress the River Rats' coaching staff, as both assisted on four goals.

The River Rats were outshot by the Thunder 34-28 but Josh MacLeod was once again the backbone for the River Rats in nets.

With the win, the Avon River Rats improves to 11-1-1 on the season. They play the Bedford Wolverines Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Windsor.

Josh Macleod, goaltender for the Avon River Rats, keeps a close eye on the puck.

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It’s a battle on the board for the Avon River Rats and Eastern Shore Thunder during the game on Nov. 18.

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