Oxford Colts coaching staff Wayne Cormier, Paul Atkinson and Grove Sutton have been impressed with the play of their team, who won a pair of games last weekend, including a 6-5 overtime thriller against the county rival Fundy Phantoms and an 8-2 blowout of the South Shore Wild. Dave Mathieson – The Citizen
OXFORD – In the last weekend before the Christmas break the Oxford Tim Hortons Colts moved closer to third place in the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey Leagues Central Division after they beat the CIBC Wood Gundy Fundy Phantoms 6-5 in overtime on Friday in Oxford, and then bulldozed the South Shore Wild by a score of 8-2 Saturday, also in Oxford.Travis LeBlanc gave the Colts the 6-5 overtime win over the Phantoms with a slap shot from the blue line that blew past Phantoms goaltender Derrick Smith.The game started with the Phantoms taking a 2-0 lead off goals from Matt Rose and Chris Maltby but the Colts came back with goals from Corbyn Gallagher and Colton Tower. Also scoring for the Colts were Cody Sutton, Jordan Duggan and MacAdam Baird.Rose added his second goal of the night and Lucas McSheffery also scored two goals for the Phantoms, while Chris Maltby added a single. Jesse Ogden got the win in goal and Derrick Smith took the loss. Shots were 55-32 for the Colts.Colts head coach was pleased with his team's comeback from a 2-0 deficit but added, "Unfortunately we allowed a late goal in the second period, and a goal with 15 seconds left in the third."Colts assistant coach Grove Sutton was impressed with the Phantoms improved play."This is a greatly improved team since the start of the season," Sutton said.In their 8-2 win over the Wild on Saturday it was Jordan Duggan scoring a hat trick and Baird and Gallagher scoring two goals each, with Andrew Barron adding a single goal.Shots on goal were 40-26 in favour of the Colt. The Colts return to action Sunday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. to face the New Waterford Jets on a home game set for the Oxford Arena at 3 p.m.
“This will be an important game as we trail the New Waterford Jets by only one point in
the race for third place in the Central Division,” Atkinson said.
The Phantoms travel to Musquodoboit on Jan. 2 to face the league leading Eastern Shore Mariners and return home the following week, Sunday, Jan. 9, to host the Valley Fuellers at 3 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.