Eastlink South drop ECC round-robin finale

TRENTON, ON - NOVEMBER 14: Kyle McGuire #2 of Team MHL South shoots the puck during the first period at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens on November 14, 2023 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Jamie Green / OJHL Images)

The MHL South finished the Eastern Canada Cup with a 2-1 loss Wednesday afternoon to the QJHL St. Louis team. The loss puts the South in last place in their group with a 1-3-0 record. After a 5-2 win to open the tournament over the OJHL Oates squad, the South lost each of their remaining games by just one goal. They finished with 11 goals for and 11 against.

The MHL South fell behind early in the 1st period with a powerplay goal from the QJHL side at 2:53. The South answered minutes later, however, with a powerplay goal of their own from the Wildcats’ Brendan MacRitchie. The assist on the goal went to Yarmouth’s Nathan Carter. Shots were 12-5 in favour of the MHL after the 1st period.


The QJHL regained the lead at 10:14 of the 2nd period. They outshot the MHL side 15-6 in the final frame to close out the 2-1 win. The Mariners’ Thomas Fontaine made 18 saves in the loss.

Yarmouth’s Nathan Carter led the team with four points (2 G, 2 A) in the four round-robin games. Valley’s Brendan MacRitchie had the most goals on the team with three. He was also one of four players with three points for the South in the tournament, joining Pictou County’s Ben Mercer, Nick Mercer, and Logan O’Neil.