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02-11-2013, 08:02 PM
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Metro 4 Valley 3

For those of your who missed the Prospect game in Stittsville, it was a great showcase for the young is the story I wrote for the web site:

Prospect Game Lives Up To Billing - Metro 4, Valley 3 (SO)

Stittsville, ON, February 9, 2012 - Fans in Stittsville were treated to an exciting EOJHL Prospects game on Saturday as the Valley Division built a 3-0 lead over the young guns from the Metro Division during the first two periods. Close to 500 fans made their way to the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Centre to watch the best young talent from the Metro Valley conference show their skills. The annual event features first year players from each of the conference's ten teams.

Mr Leroux, for whom the arena was recently re-named, was on hand himself with other league and local dignitaries to proceed over the opening festivities and drop the ceremonial face off puck.

Fans who attended the game were treated to a fast paced, physical affair from the opening of the game. Both the Valley and Metro Prospects clearly came with the intention of putting their best foot forward in front of family, friends, and scouts looking over potential talent for next years top tier junior programs. The referees got a good workout keeping pace with the speed of the game and for the most part left their whistles in their pockets, only calling one minor penalty to each club.

The Metro Division found themselves on their heels and with a sizeable deficit to negotiate as the Valley Prospects made the best of their early opportunities while their net-minders shut the door. Terry Mallon, representing the Almonte Thunder started the Valley attack with a goal at the 15:18 mark of the opening frame, with Reid Murphy from the Arnprior Packers and Chris Ewbank of the Thunder picked up the assists.

The Valley young stars continued to score in the second period as another Almonte skater, Garrett Nicholl, and Mike DiBello of the Stittsville Royals both found the back of the net and gave the Valley a 3-0 cushion entering the third stanza. Corey Chaplin, from the Packers, Austin Lamont from the Perth Blue Wings, and Patrick McGrath from the Renfrew Timberwolves were credited with assists.

Cue the comeback. With conference bragging rights on the line, the Metro Prospects continued to pressure the Valley and were finally reward mid way through the third period when Matt Connolly of the Ottawa West Golden Knights scored at 12:10 with helpers from Junior Canadian Mitch Robertson and Clarence Castor Brett Faber. Three representatives from the Metcalfe Jets, playing on a line together, kept the momentum going and combined on Metro's second goal just two minutes later at 14:32 when Devon Docksteader jammed home feeds from Thomas Mansbridge and Derek Varrin. Still rolling, Metro's Faber fired the tying goal at 17:28 to tie the game and send it to overtime. Robertson and Connolly were awarded the assists on the play.

After five minutes of four on four hockey was unable to produce a winner, the teams selected their players for the shoot out. Of six shooters, only one found the mark. With Metro's second shot, Max Veronneau of the Ottawa Canadians finished off a nice deke to complete the come-back secure the 4-3 win for his Division.

Six different goalies saw action in the game, each taking a period for their respective divisions. Jean-Phillippe Giroux (Gatineau), Gianmarco De Meis (Clarence), and JJ Pristanski (Ottawa West) suited up for the Metro Division, while the Valley puck stoppers were Arun Kumar (Stittsville), Nicholas Hodgins (Renfrew), and Danick Boisvert (Shawville).

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