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Avon River Rats start season off with big win at home, loss at away game

East Hants goalie makes a dive save while Devon Pennell, number 60 with the Avon River Rats races for the puck.
East Hants goalie makes a dive save while Devon Pennell, number 60 with the Avon River Rats races for the puck.

BROOKLYN, N.S. – The Avon River Rats have returned to the ice, having coming off a season in which they won 22 of 30 regular Nova Scotia Regional Junior Hockey League games.  

They were hoping to pick up where they left off in a pair of games September 23 and their home opener September 24.  

The Eastern Shore Thunder defeated the River Rats 3 – 1 on Sept. 23 after the Rats staked themselves to a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes on a goal by sharp shooter Logan Cleveland but it was all the scoring they could do.  

They held the Thunder scoreless in the third period as well, but the home team managed three goals in the middle period, including two on the power-play and one with 41 seconds to go in the second.

The River Rats defeated the East Hants Ryson Construction Penguins 7 – 2 during their home opener on Sept. 24.

Players on the Avon River Rats bench watch as the game unfolds against the East Hants Ryson Construction Penguins at the Newport and District Rink.

The two teams played a couple competitive periods of hockey in Brooklyn, with the teams scoring a goal apiece in the first and second periods.  

Devon Pennell scored short-handed for the Rats in the opening period and Parker Connors scored in the second.  

Momentum switched in the Rats favour in the third and they rifled home five unanswered goals.  

Logan Cleveland scored his second of the season in the third period. Kyle Armsworthy, Evan Strickland, Tyler Dixon, and Ben White-Davidson, who also collected a pair of assists, also scored during a very positive final period for the Rats.

Avon will take on Eastern Shore again on Sept. 30 and the Spryfield Attack at home on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.

The Avon River Rats get ready to head back out onto the ice during their home opener at the Newport and District Rink on Sept. 24, 2017.

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