Mitch Culley blocks a shot and anticipates the rebound as teammate Craig Andersontries to clear the puck. The Leafs lost 6-3 against the Mariners Dec. 15.
Carole Morris-Underhill photo
By Carole Morris-Underhill
The Valley Maple Leafs closed out 2012 by earning one point out of a possible four.
The Leafs now sit in third place in the Fred Fox Division of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, only slightly trailing behind the first place Sackville Blazers and the second place Eastern Shore Jr. Mariners.
On Dec. 14, the Leafs hosted the Eastern Shore Jr. Mariners at Acadia Arena and lost 6-3. On Saturday, they travelled into Bay Duck territory and lost 3-2 in a shoot out.
Mariners double Leafs 6-3
The Valley Maple Leafs came out strong, leading the Mariners 2-0 for the first 15 minutes of the first period, but couldn't hold onto the advantage.
On an early period power-play, David Hayes started the scoring off for the Valley squad, with assists going to Colin Gillis and Kyle Kavanagh. Austin Himmelman, unassisted, tallied the second marker.
Mariners team captain Tim Mannette then scored with just under five minutes left on the clock, and within 30 seconds, Dominic Howell scored to knot the game 2-2.
Tyler Harvie and Jordan Cox scored early on for the Mariners, putting them up 4-2. Windsor's Mark Swain brought the Leafs to within one as the second period came to a close. Assists went to Luke Short and Himmelman.
Although there were several good chances to tie it up in the final frame, the Leafs couldn't get the equalizer. Shane MacMillan, from Matt Canning and Kory Tatem, scored with under four minutes on the clock to make it 5-3.
With less than two minutes remaining, the Leafs' Adriano Digioacchino and the Mariners' Harvie engaged in a round of fisticuffs. Both received five for fighting and a game misconduct. Manette went out for elbowing, giving the Leafs the power-play. Although they pulled their goalie, they couldn't find the back of the net. Cox then scored the empty net goal, finishing the game 6-3.
Olafr Schmidt and Mitch Culley shared the duties in nets for the Maple Leafs. Schmidt was pulled after the fourth goal. They faced a total of 38 shots.
Windsor native Joe Hines was in nets for the Mariners, earning the win. He stopped 31 of 34 shots on net.
Leafs force overtime
The Leafs battled the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks into overtime before losing 3-2 in a shootout.
Windsor's Mark Swain, from Jake Galbraith, opened the scoring in the first period, giving the Leafs a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
On the power-play, Ducks captain Jacob Scott picked up his 15th goal of the season near the beginning of the second period. Assists went to Nick Handrahan and Payton Tench. Within 30 seconds of that goal, Tench turned around and made it 2-1, from Jon Biron and Joe Murphy.
In the third period, David Hayes picked up his 10th goal of the year to deadlock the game 2-2. Assists went to Jory Uhlman and Nick MacKenzie.
The game went into overtime and to a shoot out before it could be decided. Scott's goal stood as the winner for the Ducks.
Culley took the loss in the nets, facing a total of 29 shots in the regulation game, stopping 27 of them. Tommy Nicholson picked up the win for the Ducks, facing 41 shots.
The Leafs don't see action until after the holidays. They start 2013 off with a home-and-home series with the Bay Ducks. The Leafs host the St. Margaret's boys on Jan. 4 at Acadia Arena at 7 p.m., and travel to Upper Tantallon the following night.