Maine Hockey Journal

From one Henley to another, it’s still rough game

The Henley brothers can be best described as competitive in nature, even against each other.

This weekend was no exception when Maineiacs forward Sam Henley and older brother Cedrick met in their hometown of Val d’Or.

“Playing against my brother was great,” said Henley. “I truly didn’t like it (at first), it’s kind of weird, but I had to stay focus. If I had to hit him, I would have hit him.

Cedrick Henley, a Buffalo Sabres prospect and a member of the Val d’Or Foreurs, took the first game on Saturday night, 4-1, as he added two goals and an assist, which didn’t sit well with the younger Henley brother.

“When we lost, I was pretty pissed,” Sam said. “If it was against a different team, I would be happy for him, but I prefer winning.”

Sam and his Maineiacs’ teammates were able to exact some revenge on Sunday with the 5-4 overtime victory and there was a little trash talking going on in the second contest.

“We were having fun and at the end (of the game), I was making fun of him,” said Henley. “I wanted to win against him, it’s my brother. It’s always a competition. I wanted to win in my hometown.”

“It was a good feeling to win a game.”

Sam has the bragging rights until the first weekend of November when Val d’Or travels to Lewiston to face-off at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Throughout the last few weeks, Sam kept up-to-date with his brothers’ progression at Buffalo Sabres training camp.

“He told me he (played well), and he stayed there for a while,” Sam Henley said. “He was pretty happy with the training camp.”

Although, Henley didn’t factor on the scoresheet in the games against Val d’Or, he made his mark in the two games against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where he had a goal and two assists.

“It’s really nice to get the points,” he said. “The most important thing is to help the team win. It will help if I get some points, but I want to concentrate on my defensive (responsibilities) and hitting (people).

“If I work hard the points will come.”

His head coach agrees with that assessment.

“Sam is pretty consistent for us,” said Maineiacs head coach J.F. Houle. “He’s one of the players that work hard offensively and defensively. For a coach, it’s great to have players like that on your team.”

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