By John DeCoste
The Summit Hyundai Valley major midget Wildcats continue to turn heads in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League and beyond.
The Wildcats resumed league play following the Monctonian tournament by hosting Pictou County Weeks for a pair of games Nov. 24-25 in Berwick. Valley swept the two games by a total score of 18-1, winning 11-0 Saturday and 7-1 Sunday.
The wins improve the ’Cats’ league-leading record to 21 wins, two losses in regulation time, one overtime loss and one shootout loss for 44 points out of a maximum potential of 50 through their first 25 regular season games.
To this point in the season, the Wildcats have scored 120 goals – by far the best total in the league – and had allowed just 49, an average of less than two goals per game.
On Nov. 24, Valley led 3-0 after one period and 9-0 after two as the Wildcats totally dominated play at both ends of the ice.
Brett Tidman led the way offensively with a hat trick. Nick Blanchard added two goals and two assists, Grant Janes also had two goals, and Eric Chipman, Eli Hughes, Duncan McKie and Steven Brooker notched single goals.
McKie’s goal and one of Janes’s both came on the power play, while Blanchard tallied a shorthanded marker.
Justin Ritcey, meanwhile, turned aside all 22 shots aimed his way to record his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
The offensive display continued Nov. 25 as the Wildcats led 3-1 after one period, then scored two goals each in the second and third periods.
Eric Chipman had a pair of power play goals to spark the Valley offense. Makail Parker added a power play goal, and Janes a shorthanded marker.
Blanchard, Tidman and John Deacon had the other Valley goals.
Craig Murray’s power play goal was the only shot to find its way past Michael Pettet, who only faced 16 shots.
The end of the weekend found the Wildcats with a healthy 14-point lead on second-place Halifax. The team is next in action Dec. 1 when the ’Cats travel to Bridgewater for a game against the South Shore Mustangs.