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Avon River Rats take first playoff game with 6-2 score

Logan Cleveland wheels up the ice for the Avon River Rats in the second period. He scored once and helped out on two other goals during the Feb. 24 playoff game.
Logan Cleveland wheels up the ice for the Avon River Rats in the second period. He scored once and helped out on two other goals during the Feb. 24 playoff game.

WINDSOR, N.S. — Kyle Armsworthy led the Avon River Rats in points as they defeated the Spryfield Attack 6-2 in their opening playoff game Feb. 24.

The River Rats trailed the Attack 1-0 after the first, but quickly found some momentum in the second period, taking a 3-1 lead.

They scored three more times in the third to ensure the victory, with Spryfield adding a late power-play goal as the game came to a close.

The River Rats trailed the Attack 1-0 after the first, but quickly found some momentum in the second period, taking a 3-1 lead.

They scored three more times in the third to ensure the victory, with Spryfield adding a late power-play goal as the game came to a close.

With the Spryfield Attack hot on his heels, Samuel Plourde races up the ice in an attempt to score on their net Feb. 24.
The River Rats' Stuart Whidden and this Spryfield Attack player get ready to chase the puck after the face-off.
Taran Bailey had a few choice words for Scott Munro during the River Rats' first playoff game.

Armsworthy had a four-point night, scoring once while short-handed and helping on three other goals.

Rounding out the scoring were Justin MacLellan (with two), Logan Cleveland, Tyler Dixon and Adam Ferguson.

The teams were tied 30-30 in shots against each other.

Carter McMullin was sharp in nets for the River Rats, stopping 28 pucks. Daniel Lohnes was tagged with the loss.

The game started to get out of control in the third period as 102 penalty minutes were called.

The Rats' Jordan Spence was assessed an aggressor and roughing minors proceeded by a five minute major penalty for fighting with Spryfield’s Spencer Foulkes.

Stuart Whidden reacts after the River Rats scored in the second against the Spryfield Attack's goaltender Daniel Lohnes.
Stuart Whidden and Samuel Plourde congratulate Adam Ferguson (in the blue helmet) after he scored for the River Rats in the second period Feb. 24.
Brett Ewald gives Joe Beaton a shove from behind as Beaton attempted to score.

Spence was also handed a game misconduct leaving Spence with a three-game suspension.

Joe Beaton squared off with Jack MacAulay, from the Attack, and because he was assessed a game misconduct in the game’s final 10 minutes, he will have to sit out the second playoff game.

The second and third playoff games are both in Spryfield and will be played at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 4.

Game 4 will be back in Windsor on March 5 for a 7 p.m. start.

The winner of this series will advance to the Nova Scotia Regional Junior Hockey League championships.

A collision along the boards resulted in a number of players – and a referee – falling down.
Parker Connors and Adam Ferguson make a play in front of the Spryfield Attack's net Feb. 24 in Windsor.

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