By John DeCoste
Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Cameron Davidson of the Horton Griffins boys’ hockey team scored five goals in a Nov. 17 game against Middleton at the Kentville Centennial Arena.
Davidson scored twice in the first period, once in the second and added two goals in the third; his fifth goal was scored into an empty net.
Even better for the Griffins, they won the game by a 7-4 score, picking up their second win of the season.
Cameron’s grandfather, John Davidson - himself a former Griffins player, along with his sons Troy (Cameron’s father) and Tyler - suggested the performance, while it was “quite the accomplishment,“ was not a record.
John Davidson knew of “at least three other boys” who had scored five goals in a game while playing for Horton – Donnie Jordan in the 1970s, Steve Allen in the 1990s and Bobby Selby, about six years ago.
Long-time VHSHL statistician Peter Selig said to the best of his knowledge, the league record for goals in a single game is six, set by Nathan Hughes, also of the Griffins, “about eight or nine years ago.”
Selig said the information was corroborated by Nic Schofield, a former teammate who played in the game where Hughes accomplished the feat.
In Horton’s other weekend game, played Nov. 16 in Canning, the Griffins dropped a 7-5 decision to the league-leading NKEC Titans.
In an entertaining game, NKEC took an early 3-0 lead before the Griffins got on the board. Horton then scored three of four second period goals to tie the score 4-4.
The teams traded goals in the third period before the Titans iced the decision on a pair of goals by Tanner Ward.
Dylan Dauphinee and Tim Longley also had two-goal games for NKEC, while Dylan Troop added a single marker.
Evan Leslie, Ross Bagnell, Eric Spooner, Dryden Schofield and Michael Ogilvie replied for Horton. Ironically, in terms of what he would do the following evening, Davidson was held scoreless, though he did earn an assist.
Following the action on the Nov. 16-17 weekend, NKEC continued to lead the VHSHL standings with a 6-0 record for 12 points, three more than second-place Park View.
NKEC’s Brady Atwater remained atop the scoring race with 24 points in six games, and was tied for first in goals with Avon View’s Trevor House, both with 10.