Eastlink South lose 3-2 to CCHL Robinson at ECC

TRENTON, ON - NOVEMBER 13: Preston Pattengale #5 of Team MHL South follows the play during the first period at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens on November 13, 2023 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Tim Bates / OJHL Images)

The MHL South team finished a busy first day at the Eastern Canada Cup in Trenton, Ontario with a 3-2 loss to the CCHL Robinson squad.

The South opened the scoring at 4:42 of the 1st period as Pictou County’s Nick Mahar scored on the powerplay, with assists from Amherst’s Jonah Jelley and Crushers teammate Ben Mercer. The CCHL team would tie the game late in the 1st period while killing off a double-minor for high-sticking. The shorthanded goal for Team Robinson came at 16:44 of the 1st period. The MHL South was outshot 8-7 in the period.

In the 2nd period, the CCHL team took the lead at 7:16 with a powerplay goal of their own and then doubled that lead at 12:53. The MHL South clawed back within one as Mahar’s second goal of the game made it a 3-2 deficit. Jelley picked up his second assist of the game on the goal, but that’s as close as the MHL would get. Yarmouth’s Thomas Fontaine made 25 saves in the game.


Despite the result, the MHL South is still in good shape after Day 1 due to their win 5-2 over the OJHL Oates team to begin the tournament. The South next play the NOJHL East team at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday.