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Privateers rob Friday night victory from Leafs

Liverpool's Christopher Dodson is intercepted by the Maple Leafs in Windsor last season. During Liverpool's home opener Sept. 17, firefighters will be honoured for their efforts this summer during the wildfires.
Liverpool's Christopher Dodson is intercepted by the Maple Leafs in Windsor last season. During Liverpool's home opener Sept. 17, firefighters will be honoured for their efforts this summer during the wildfires.

HANTS JOURNAL - A good crowd was on hand to watch the final home game of 2015 for the Valley Maple Leafs. Unfortunately, the boys in blue couldn't pull off the win.

The visiting Liverpool Privateers — formerly known as the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks — had luck on their side as they edged the Leafs 4-3 in an often-heated contest.

“These guys beat us last time down in Liverpool,” said assistant coach Brett Fletcher following the game.

“They're a good hockey team. They've got really good defencemen; a really good goaltender. They came out strong at us in the first period.”

The Privateers went up 1-0 in the first period when Luke Spicer was given a penalty shot. There was a dispute over the referee's initial call to allow the shot, but it stood.

“The penalty shot that they scored on kind of took a little bit of wind out of our sails but we did come back. We kept it close,” said Fletcher.

Liverpool's Logan MacLellan, from Connor McDougall and Adam Gardner, scored to put them up 2-0 in the middle frame.

The third period was an interesting one, as the Leafs rallied, scoring two goals just 12 seconds apart. Mitch Normore, unassisted, and Alex Feltmate, assisted by Normore, tied the game up. A previous goal by Feltmate had been called off earlier in the game.

That 2-2 tie didn't last long as Spicer, unassisted, scored, giving Liverpool the lead.

In the dying minutes of the game, Riley Hemstock, from Kyle Hicks and Gardner, scored on the power-play to put them up in front 4-2. Just nine seconds later, with 2:19 left to play, Tristan D'Entrement, from Graeme MacKinley, closed the gap for the Leafs.

“We got a short-handed goal from D'Entremont, which was just hard work,” said Fletcher.

Despite pulling their goalie, the Leafs couldn't get the equalizer and lost 4-3.

“We just didn't have enough to get another one past their goaltender.”

Cory Peterson stopped 27 of 30 Valley shots in the win, while Connor Morrison was tagged with the loss. He faced 27 attempts on goal.

Fight night

Two Valley Maple Leafs were tossed from the game following two separate fights Friday night, with one player being suspended for the next two games.

Affiliated player Dakota Knockwood got in a brawl with Liverpool's Nicholas Handrahan. Knockwood received a 10-minute game misconduct, five for fighting and two minutes for being the instigator. He received a warning instead of a game suspension from the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

In the third period, his brother, Leon Knockwood, also got ejected from the game.

He took on Stone Harnish and, according to the score sheet, received five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct, two separate 10-minute game misconducts and a five-minute high sticking penalty. He will be suspended from playing with the Leafs for two games. Harnish was suspended for one game.

Upcoming games

The Leafs will be off for the holiday season, returning to Windsor for their first home game of 2016 on Jan. 8. They will take on the Cole Harbour Colts at 7:30 p.m.

The visiting Liverpool Privateers — formerly known as the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks — had luck on their side as they edged the Leafs 4-3 in an often-heated contest.

“These guys beat us last time down in Liverpool,” said assistant coach Brett Fletcher following the game.

“They're a good hockey team. They've got really good defencemen; a really good goaltender. They came out strong at us in the first period.”

The Privateers went up 1-0 in the first period when Luke Spicer was given a penalty shot. There was a dispute over the referee's initial call to allow the shot, but it stood.

“The penalty shot that they scored on kind of took a little bit of wind out of our sails but we did come back. We kept it close,” said Fletcher.

Liverpool's Logan MacLellan, from Connor McDougall and Adam Gardner, scored to put them up 2-0 in the middle frame.

The third period was an interesting one, as the Leafs rallied, scoring two goals just 12 seconds apart. Mitch Normore, unassisted, and Alex Feltmate, assisted by Normore, tied the game up. A previous goal by Feltmate had been called off earlier in the game.

That 2-2 tie didn't last long as Spicer, unassisted, scored, giving Liverpool the lead.

In the dying minutes of the game, Riley Hemstock, from Kyle Hicks and Gardner, scored on the power-play to put them up in front 4-2. Just nine seconds later, with 2:19 left to play, Tristan D'Entrement, from Graeme MacKinley, closed the gap for the Leafs.

“We got a short-handed goal from D'Entremont, which was just hard work,” said Fletcher.

Despite pulling their goalie, the Leafs couldn't get the equalizer and lost 4-3.

“We just didn't have enough to get another one past their goaltender.”

Cory Peterson stopped 27 of 30 Valley shots in the win, while Connor Morrison was tagged with the loss. He faced 27 attempts on goal.

Fight night

Two Valley Maple Leafs were tossed from the game following two separate fights Friday night, with one player being suspended for the next two games.

Affiliated player Dakota Knockwood got in a brawl with Liverpool's Nicholas Handrahan. Knockwood received a 10-minute game misconduct, five for fighting and two minutes for being the instigator. He received a warning instead of a game suspension from the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

In the third period, his brother, Leon Knockwood, also got ejected from the game.

He took on Stone Harnish and, according to the score sheet, received five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct, two separate 10-minute game misconducts and a five-minute high sticking penalty. He will be suspended from playing with the Leafs for two games. Harnish was suspended for one game.

Upcoming games

The Leafs will be off for the holiday season, returning to Windsor for their first home game of 2016 on Jan. 8. They will take on the Cole Harbour Colts at 7:30 p.m.

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