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Avon River Rats slipping away from possible first place finish

WINDSOR, N.S. — The Avon River Rats hosted the Spryfield Attack on Jan. 7 in Windsor and they are no closer to claiming first place in the league following the devastating 9-5 loss.

Dan MacKnight, of the Attack, started things off, scoring his league-leading 41st goal of the season to give Spryfield a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

It went downhill from there for the River Rats as the Attack scored four times each in the second and third periods.

For the River Rats, who were outshot by the Attack 45-28, Kyle Armsworthy scored his 16th goal while Logan Cleveland notched his 25th of the season to bring the home team to within a goal at 3-2. However, at the end of 40 minutes, the Attack led 5-2.

Spryfield stretched their lead to 7-2 in the third on a short-handed goal and MacKnight’s 42nd goal of the season. The Rats then scored three of the game’s next four goals, including Cleveland’s 26th of the season.

Spryfield is now 20-1-0-1 for 41 points while Avon is 17-9-0-0 for 34 points. The River Rats are three points ahead of the Eastern Shore Thunder.

Avon 8, Cumberland-Colchester 2

Alex King scored his 18th, 19th and 20th goals of the season for a short-staffed River Rats unit on Jan. 5 as they travelled to Springhill for an encounter with the Colts.

Samuel Plourde also scored two goals for the River Rats, who will now prepare for their next two games. They host the Colts on Jan. 14 and hit the road to take on the Attack on Jan. 20.

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