By John DeCoste
Northeast Kings was setting the early pace in the boys’ division of the Valley High School Hockey League.
Entering play Nov. 16, NKEC was leading the VHSHL standings with a 5-0 record for 10 points, 43 goals scored and just 17 allowed.
Park View was one point behind with a 4-1 record plus one loss in overtime. Avon View was at 3-2 with an overtime loss for 7 points. West Kings was at 3-2, Central Kings at 3-4, Digby at 1-2, Horton at 1-3 and Middleton remained winless at 0-4.
In recent league action, Horton defeated West Kings 8-6 Nov. 9, Central Kings edged Middleton 6-5 Nov. 10 and Avon View doubled Digby 8-4 Nov. 11.
NKEC was also leading the scoring race, holding down three of the top five spots.
Brady Atwater led the way with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in five games; Atwater’s 10 goals were tied for tops in the league with Avon View’s Trevor House.
NKEC’s Dylan Dauphinee was tied for second in points with 18, including a league-best 12 assists.
CK’s Kieran Collins had seven goals and 18 points, Connor Gough of CK seven goals and 15 points, and Connor Dobrota of NKEC nine goals and 14 points.
Jamie Freeman of West Kings was the league’s top goalie with a 2.25 goals against average in six games and the lone shutout in league play thus far this season.
Freeman was followed by Avon View’s Brandon Wile (2.40), NKEC’s Cameron Reid (2.50), Park View’s Jake Keys (2.95) and Horton’s Ian McLean (3.00).