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Penguins double Leafs 6-3 in lacklustre affair

East Hants 6  Valley Maple Leafs 3


With newly-elected Hants West MLA Melissa Sheehy-Richard dropping the puck for the ceremonial face-off and in her opening remarks, reminding fans in Windsor, this was the 54th year since Junior B Hockey began in Nova Scotia, the Leafs and East Hants Penguins squared off and with the exception of a couple of stretches by the Penguins to open the game up, it was essentially a lacklustre affair with the Penguins winning 6-3.  East Hants started strong out-shooting the Leafs 26-13 and taking a 3-1 first period lead.  The Leafs struggled defensively leaving Penguins alone in front of the net but in saying this, Leafs Goalie Aiden Durnford made the highlight reel save of the night less than three minutes into the game with the Pens Logan Cutler parked to the left side of the net and Durnford robbing Cutler blind.

Durnford blocked 50 of the 56 shots he faced but it was only about 30 seconds after his spectacular save that Cole Stewart took a pass direectly in front of the net and dumped it behind Durnford.

The Pens then began to dominate play for the next 7-8 minutes and went up 2-0 only 4:10 later when Evan McHenry had sole position of the puck coming in on Durnford and it was 2-0 Pens.  Griffin Radford on a soft shot brought the Leafs back to within 1 before Evan Wheeler, once again with lots f time controlling the puck scored with 8 seconds left to put the Pens back up by 2 at 3-1 after twenty minutes.  Both teams exchnaged a pair of goals in the middle period with the Leafs showing considerably more attention.  Robbie McDowell and Bruen Fisher scored goals after Andrew McCarron had the brought the Leafs back to within a goal at 3-2.  Witht he score 5-2, Chris Brown tallied for the Leafs with 2:19 left in the second and East Hants went to the dressing room up 5-3.

Evan McHenry scored his second of the night late in the third period to make the final 6-3.


Oct 2, 2021