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Islanders vanquishes Valley in shootout, 4-3 (2-1 SO)

Skate 3 Arena - Red Rink    Sun, Oct 07, 2012

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Islanders defeated the Valley Junior Warriors in a shootout 4-3 (2-1 SO).

The two teams needed eight turns to complete the shootout. Valley's shootout goal was scored by Cody Laperle. In addition to the clincher, Islanders got a shootout goal from Christopher Maksut.

Islanders came back from a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Islanders fell behind 3-0 after a power play goal by the Junior Warriors' Luke Miller at 11:53 in the second period. Islanders knotted things up at 3-3 on a goal by William Platt at 14:38 in the third period.

In a losing effort, Valley was led by Miller, who grabbed two goals and one assist. Miller scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 9:44 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Valley. The Junior Warriors had gotten the advantage when Islanders' Platt was sent off for interference. Laperle assisted on the tally. Miller's next tally on the power play made the score Valley with 8:07 left in the second period. Valley earned a power play opportunity when Nicholas McNally was put in the box for boarding. Connor Donahue picked up the assist.

Islanders kept the Junior Warriors' goalie busy throughout the game, and Evan Eitel made 45 saves on 49 shots. Islanders' penalty kill unit could not stop Valley's power play, which converted on three of four opportunities. Islanders' penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Islanders finished with 24 penalty minutes.

Islanders was helped by Thomas Missert, who racked up one goal. Missert scored 13:03 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Valley. Harris Montayne provided the assist. Islanders additionally got points from Maksut, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Platt, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Islanders were Joshua Vernot and RJ Tiorano, who each chipped in one.

The Junior Warriors struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as they finished the game with 20 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.

Valley also got points from Laperle, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. In addition, Valley received assists from Brendan Heinze, who had one.

Islanders' Michael Kitts stopped 26 shots out of the 29 that he faced.