Valley Maple Leafs inching closer to securing playoff slot
After a devastating loss on Feb. 5, the Valley Maple Leafs rallied to defeat the Sackville Blazers the following day, bringing the team closer to a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
Connor O’Brien, number 22 with the Valley Maple Leafs, celebrates a goal during the second period.
WINDSOR, N.S. - The Valley Maple Leafs wrapped up their regular season in top form, with a guaranteed finish of either first or second place - depending on who wins the last game between Liverpool and Cole Harbour.
Josh Dill said he was happy with the teams recent turnaround, winning four games in a row since Feb. 6.
Their game against the East Hants Penguins, saw the Maple Leafs come out ahead with 7 - 2 at the Hants Exhibition Arena on Feb. 12.
“Obviously after last year, winning everything, we knew this year would be a rebuild, so our goal was to make the playoffs,” Dill said. “Now we’re going to finish the regular season in first or second place so I think everyone in the organization is pretty happy.”
If The Cole Harbour Colts win against the Liverpool Privateers on Feb. 14, the Valley Maple Leafs will be in first position. If the Privateers win, the Valley Maple Leafs will be in second, with Liverpool taking the top spot.
Valley Maple Leafs and East Hants Penguins players race after the puck during their last regular season game on Feb. 12 in Windsor.
“We have some injuries, so hopefully we can use this week to get a practise or two in and let the guys rest that need it,” he said. “Our goaltender Chris Cloakie is back playing the way he can.”
Cloakie was playoff MVP of the Don Johnson Cup during last season.
“Drew Stonehouse, who’s played eight or nine games with us, after coming from Junior A Valley Wildcats, had a shoulder injury, but is back now feeling a bit better,” he said. “Local Falmouth kid, Bailey Peach, who was playing AAA midget in Cole Harbour played his first game, he came out and had three points for us.”
Christopher Cloakie, goaltender, let in only 2 of 40 shots on goal during the Valley Maple Leafs last regular season game against the East Hants Penguins.
The Valley Maple Leafs will be in good shape when the playoffs begin, starting at either first or second place in the league.
Dill also called out the team’s six defensemen for stepping up to the plate in the latter part of the season.
But with the playoffs fast approaching, Dill knows it won’t be easy.
“Anyone in our division can come out winning our division, it’s going to be a tough playoff for everyone,” he said.
The Valley Maple Leaf’s first playoff game is Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Windsor.
Mitchell Singer, number 23, gets bumped into the boards by a Penguins player.