LANTZ: Scoring three times in the first period while the visitors scored once turned out to be the key to a two-goal victory for the East Hants Junior Penguins over the Valley Maple Leafs.
VIDEO: Jr Pens in action
The two Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League squads and Hants County rivals went tit for tat in an offensive explosion that saw the refs signal 14 goals as East Hants narrowly held on for the 8-6 victory before a fair sized crowd at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz.
Matthew Peruzza led the attack with a hat trick, while Jesse Hamer scored twice and assisted on two others. Jeff Connors; Ben O’Ball; and Adam Peruzza each scored one goal apiece.
Alex Anthony supplied four helpers, while Mark Vokey and Quinn MacDonald each notched three assists. Lucio Williams had two assists, while Matt Peruzza contributed one helper.
Ryan Huestis earned the goaltending victory stopping 24 of 30 shots sent his way.
Valley goalie Chris Clokie stood tall several times keeping his squad close for the chance to strike back, but was replaced after two periods.
Jonathan Pickrem of Fall River, a major midget league goalie with the Valley Wildcats, was the backup goalie for the Leafs. In the third period, he took over for Clokie, surrendering three goals on 14 shots.
Against the Glace Bay Miners on Jan. 27, Chris Lanthier led the offensive explosion for the Pens, who scored twice in the first; four times in the middle stanza; and three more in the third period en route to the three-goal victory, 9-6.
Kyle Randall; Ben O’Ball; Quinn MacDonald; Adam Peruzza; Alex Anthony; and Jeff Connors each tallied one goal each.
Randall; Mark Vokey; Matt Peruzza; Dylan Evans each contributed two assists apiece. O’Ball; MacDonald; Adam Peruzza; and Lucio Williams each had a helper.
Brent Walters picked up the goaltending win between the pipes stopping 26 of 32 shots.
The first-place Pens are next in action on Feb. 9 in their final regular season NSJHL home game as they host the Sackville Blazers. Game time in Lantz is 7:30 p.m.