PJHL: Huge weekend for Macauley as Sailors keep rolling

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By Darryl G. Smart

Isaac Macauley had himself a weekend for the Port Dover Sailors.

The shifty overage forward scored five goals in two games to lead the Sabres to a two-win weekend in Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division action.

Friday on the road, Macauley had the hat trick and added one assist in leading the Sailors to a 7-4 win over the Dunnville Mudcats.

Aiden Alfonso gave the Mudcats their first and only lead midway through the first period, before JR Milne and Macaulay responded later in the frame.

Brett Stroud and Matt Hielema extended the Sailors lead in the second period, before Matt Fang and Harrison Langerak tried to cut the lead. But Stroud scored his second goal of the period to give the Sailors a two goal lead after 40 minutes.

Macaulay then took over in the third period scoring a pair, with Nick Longo scoring the lone Mudcats marker.

Ben Sarrador made 23 saves for the win, while Austin Davison made 24 in a losing effort.

With the loss, the Mudcats drop to 1-4-1, and take on the Dundas Blues Thursday on the road at 7:30pm. Friday they host the Niagara Riverhawks at 7:30pm.

Sunday at home, Macaulay added two more goals as the Sailors out shot and out played the Hagersville Hawks 7-2.

Hielema also netted a pair of goals, while Travis Scott, Ben Mason and Michael Vanacker added one each.

Brendan Sullivan scored both Hawks goals, while Tanner Richardson turned aside 38 shots.

Eric Lorenz made 23 saves in the win.

With the three-game win streak, the Sailors improve to 5-3 and sit in second place in the PJHL’s Bloomfield Division. Sunday, they host the first-place Dundas Blues at 2pm.

With the defeat, combined with Saturday’s 10-0 loss to the Riverhawks at home, the Hawks dropped to 2-5-0-1. They are on the road Friday against the Grimsby Peach Kings and at home against the Glanbrook Rangers Saturday. Both games are at 7:30pm.


Bulldogs and Merchants play to a tie

The Burford Bulldogs seemed poised to get that all-important first win of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Doherty Division season, but the Norwich Merchants had something to say about it Friday

With the Bulldogs up 4-1 with less than eight minutes to go, Jack Gee and Nathan DaSilva scored, before Austin Forsyth tied things up with the extra attacker on the ice with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie things up. And with overtime not solving anything, the two local rivals played to a 4-4 draw.

Atreyu Elliott, Jake Phalen, Connor MacPhee and Frankie Varga scored for the Bulldogs, while DaSilva scored the other Merchants marker.

Caleb Ursu made 36 saves for the Bulldogs, while Austin Storm made 31 stops for the Merchants.

Saturday, Caden Bower scored twice to lead the Woodstock Navy Vets to a 8-3 win over the Bulldogs.

Sam Barry, Jonah Jacksteit, Drew Woods, and Patrick Klazer added one goal each for the Vets.

Varga, Kyle Parsons and Elliott scored for the Bulldogs.

Brett Keaghan made 32 saves for the Vets, while Ursu stopped 24.

Saturday, the 0-7-0-1 Bulldogs look for that first win at home against the Tavistock Braves at 7:30pm. Sunday they take on the Hespeler Shamrocks on the road at 3:30pm.


On Sunday, it was the Merchants’ turn to jump out to an early lead, but dropped a 6-4 decision to the Hespeler Shamrocks.

Kyle Brezinski and Jack Gee gave the Merchants a first period lead, with Gavin Logher responding for the Shamrocks. 

Austin Forsyth and Parker Noble extended the lead in the second period. But then the Shamrocks began to roll with goals from Braeden Tyler, Owen Fischer and Tommy Zufelt.

In the third period, Callum Harvey and Zufelt added to the lead.

Joseph Clark made 27 stops for the Shamrocks, while Wyatt Sloetjes made 37 saves for the Merchants.

The 1-6-0-1 Merchants are on the road Friday against the Woodstock Navy Vets at 7:45pm, before hosting the Navy Vets Saturday at 7:30pm.