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Islanders' comeback falls short, Valley wins 6-4

Haverhill-South 2    Sun, Jan 20, 2013

The Valley Junior Warriors, who led by three goals at one point, survived a comeback attempt by Valley and clinched a 6-4 victory.

The Junior Warriors led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Valley's Matthew Culot's scored at 17:54 in the second period to put the Junior Warriors up 4-1.

Brendan Heinze had a great game for Valley, netting two goals. Heinze found the back of the net 1:19 into the first period to make the score 1-1 and again while 18:03 into the third to make the score 5-4 Valley.

Islanders was unable to stop the Junior Warriors from sending pucks towards the net, and Valley eventually piled up 36 shots on goal. The Junior Warriors bested their season scoring average. This season, Valley averages 3.9 goals per contest. The Junior Warriors' power play was punchless, and failed to score a single goal despite having 10 power play opportunities.

Brandon Tuttle also scored for Valley. More assists for Valley came via Timothy Perron, Rory OConnor, Eriberto Cordero, Michael McWeeney, and Drew DiGeronimo, who contributed one a piece.

Islanders stifled Valley's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Islanders was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 26 penalty minutes.

Islanders was led by Keith Barnaby, who registered two goals and one assist. Barnaby scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 19 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Islanders. Jonathan Pate provided the assist. Barnaby's next tally on the power play made the score 4-4 with 6:34 left in the third period. Justin Fisher assisted on the tally. Islanders also got points from Thomas Missert, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Islanders also got a goal from William Platt as well. Other players who recorded assists for Islanders were Kirill Frolov, who had one.

Matt Pearless rejected 23 shots on goal for the Junior Warriors. Valley ended with 25 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. For the Junior Warriors, Connor Donahue was ejected from the game. Islanders' Brenden Tidman stopped 30 shots out of the 31 that he faced. Islanders registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Islanders ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Missert was ejected from the game.