By Darryl G. Smart
Beating your arch rival is always nice. But doing it and getting the first win of the season is huge, which is exactly what the Dunnville Mudcats did Friday.
Nathan Jackson scored once in the first period and again in the second to lead the Mudcats to a 3-1 win over the Hagersville Hawks at home.
Tyler Bowen added the other Mudcats goal, while Nate Veldstra netted the lone Hawks goal in the second period.
Austin Davison got the win in goal for the Mudcats stopping 17 shots, while Nathan Butler was forced to turn aside 28 shots in a losing effort.
The win improves the Mudcats’ record to 1-3-1 in Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division action, and hosts the Port Dover Sailors Friday at 7:30pm.
Saturday, the Hawks dropped a 4-0 decision to the Grimsby Peach Kings at home.
Blake Venneri led the Peach Kings with two goals, while Holden Aarlaht and Quinn McIntosh added one each.
Matthew DeLuca earned the shutout with 25 saves. Tanner Richardson made 26 stops in the loss.
The Hawks now drop to 1-3-0-1 on the season and face the Glanbrook Rangers on the road Wednesday at 7:30pm. Saturday they host the Niagara Riverhawks at 7:30pm.
PORT DOVER SAILORS
Nick D’Agostino showed why he is one of the Port Dover Sailors’ leaders.
D’Agostino netted the hat trick to lead the Sailors to a 6-4 victory over the Glanbrook Rangers Sunday at home in Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division action.
Ben Mason got things started early in the first period, before Sean Golebioski responded two minutes later.
In the second period, D’Agostino struck twice, bookending the frame’s scoring. Dallas Nadasdi and Tyler Daniels replied for the Rangers.
Dylan Stroud, Isaac Macaulay and D’Agostino rounded things out in the third period to secure the win. Joel Wallace scored for the Rangers.
Eric Lorenz made 34 saves for the win, while Mitchell Robinson was forced to make 34 stops in the loss.
The Sailors improve to 3-3, and take on the Dunnville Mudcats Friday at 7:30pm, before hosting the Hagersville Hawks Sunday at 2pm.
The young Norwich Merchants gave the Wellesley Applejacks all they could handle Friday.
At home, Joel Storoschuk’s goal was the lone Merchants marker of a busy first period, as the Applejacks skated away with a 2-1 win.
Eric Lacey and Jake Clemmer scored 23 seconds apart midway through the first period to give the Applejacks a lead they wouldn’t give up.
After that, goaltenders Frank Boal and Austin Storm shone, stopping 32 and 37 shots respectively.
The next night, the New Hamburg Firebirds peppered Storm and goalie partner Wyatt Sloetjes with 72 shots in a 8-2 win over the Merchants.
Jake Thompson led the Firebirds barrage with a pair of goals, while Alexandr Potop, Zach Mark, Riley Benko, Owen Bruder, Cole Stannix, and Nathan George netted one goal each.
Travis Lamb and Storoschuk scored for the Merchants.
The 1-5 Merchants host the Burford Bulldogs Friday at 8pm, before traveling to Hespeler to take on the Shamrocks at 3:30pm on Sunday.
Shendon Smith and Caleb Ursu were two of the busier goalies in Provincial Junior hockey League Doherty Division action this weekend.
The Tavistock Braves outshot the Bulldogs 51-18 as they skated away with a 9-3 win.
Josh Halgerman led the Braves with three goals, while singles went to Nathan Yeck, Marc Dionne, Owen Rahn, Drew Gerth, Will Schlotzhauser, and Nathan Bartlett.
Connor MacPhee, Isaiah Ilao and Thomas Morgan scored for the Bulldogs.
Shendon Smith made 42 saves, while Tarin Pennington made 15.
On Saturday on the road, Derrick DaSilva scored the lone Bulldogs goal in a 5-1 loss to the Wellesley Applejacks.
Austin Cousineau and Isiah Katsube each scored twice, while Carson Wickie added one in the win.
While Will Crump got the win making 16 saves, Caleb Ursu took the loss despite a 35 stop performance.
The 0-6 Bulldogs play the Norwich Merchants on the road at 8pm Friday, before hosting the Woodstock Navy Vets Saturday at 7:20pm.