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Valley Maple Leafs looking to rebound after Game 1 loss to East Hants

Alex Anthony tries to get the puck past Brody McCarron during the first period of play Feb. 17.
Alex Anthony tries to get the puck past Brody McCarron during the first period of play Feb. 17.

WINDSOR, N.S. — The Valley Maple Leafs' playoff run got off to a rocky start Feb. 17 against the East Hants Penguins.

The Penguins' goaltender, Ryan Huestis, denied the Valley Maple Leafs time and again during the first 55 minutes of play, only allowing two goals to get by him in the dying minutes of the third.

The Penguins' goaltender, Ryan Huestis, denied the Valley Maple Leafs time and again during the first 55 minutes of play, only allowing two goals to get by him in the dying minutes of the third.

The Valley Maple Leafs' Sean Anderson attempts to steal the puck from this East Hants Penguins player during the early moments of the game Feb. 17. The Leafs and Penguins played a hard fought game.
Alex Anthony crashes as he makes a play on net, taking out the Leafs' goaltender Chris Clokie in the process.
The playoff game between the Valley Maple Leafs and East Hants Penguins was a fast and rough affair.

The final was 6-2.

The Penguins' Eric Snedden scored unassisted and short-handed in the first to start off the scoring, followed by Kyle Randall. The lone goal scorer in the second was East Hants' Jamie McIntyre.

The game was fast paced, with good scoring chances from both teams.

The Penguins staked themselves to a 6-0 lead in the third before the Valley squad finally bested Huestis. Bailey Peach scored and then in quick succession, Tyler Young scored. Scoring for the Penguins were Kyle Randall, Kirk Baylis and Mark Vokey.

Chris Clokie started in nets for the Leafs until partway through the third period when William Earley took over.

The Leafs finished the 2016-17 regular season in first place and are taking on the Penguins in the first round of the Best of Seven series. The winner of this bout will advance to compete for the Fred Fox Division title.

Isaac Bridge assisted on one of the Leafs' two goals Feb. 17, and had some great attempts on net blocked by the Penguins' goaltender.

Upcoming games

The series is a quick one, with the Valley squad heading to East Hants Feb. 20 for Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. Windsor then hosts the Penguins Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. They're back in East Hants Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Game 5 is set to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hants Exhibition Arena. If Game 6 and Game 7 are required, they will be March 1 and March 3 in East Hants and Windsor respectively.

Team captain Tyler Young keeps his eyes on the puck as he tries to break free from Rory Gillis. In the next period, Young scored.
Shayne Gillis makes a play on the Penguins' net but Ryan Huestis quickly covers the puck. Huestis picked up the 6-2 win in nets.

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