By Darryl G. Smart
It’s been a long time since you could say a junior hockey team from Port Dover is in first place. But thanks to a huge 4-2 home win against the Grimsby Peach Kings Sunday, the Sailors took possession of top spot in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Bloomfield Division.
Dylan Stroud’s goal midway through the third period proved to be the winner, before Nick D”Agostino gave the Sailors some insurance with an empty-netter.
In the first period, Ben Mason and Isaac Macaulay gave the Sailors the start they wanted, with Angus Pollock responding for the Peach Kings.
Reid Woodcock scored the only second period goal, tying things up for the visitors, and setting up a great finish for the Sailors.
Eric Lorenz earned his fifth win of the season between the SAilors pipes thanks to his 34-save performance. Down at the other end, Matthew DeLuca stopped 23 shots.
The win gives the Sailors a 7-4 record, one point in front of the Peach Kings, Glanbrook Rangers and Dundas Blues for top spot in the division.
Thursday, the Sailors and Blues tangle in Dundas at 7:30pm, before coming back home Sunday at 2pm for a game against the Dunnville Mudcats.
Mudcats get hot
The Dunnville Mudcats caught fire this weekend in PJHL Bloomfield Division action.
On Friday at home, Owen McDonnell made 31 saves as the Mudcats knocked off the Dundas Blues 3-1.
Evan Gibson scored the lone second period goal, giving the Mudcats a lead heading into the final frame. Tyler Bowen and Aidan Alfonso added to the Mudcats lead while Jacob Goffredo responded for the Blues.
On Saturday in Hagersville, it was Austin Davison’s turn to shine between the pipes with a 31-save performance in a 4-1 Mudcats win over the Hagersville Hawks.
Hunter Zimmerman and Josh Bourdon each scored twice to supply the offence.
Brendan Judson scored the lone Hawks goal.
The two wins gives the Mudcats a 3-5-2 record. Wednesday the Mudcats begin a busy week on the road against the Glanbrook Rangers at 7:30pm, before hosting the Grimsby Peach Kings Saturday at 7:30pm. Sunday they wrap things up with a 2pm game in Port Dover against the Sailors.
The Hawks now have a 2-7-0-2 record and host the Dundas Blues Saturday at 7:30pm.
Storoschuk nets OT winner for Merchants
Joel Storoschuk has always had a knack for scoring big goals. On Saturday, his fourth goal of the season was the game-winner, giving the Norwich Merchants a 5-4 win over the Burford Bulldogs in overtime.
Jack Gee scored his first of three goals on the night, and Austin Forsyth gave the Merchants a quick two goal lead in the first period, before Derick DaSilva cut the deficit to one late in the frame.
Burford dominated the second period thanks to goals from Jake Phalen and Hunter Mabee. Gee scored his second goal of the game. In the third period Connor McPhee and Gee traded goals to force overtime.
Shendon Smith had a huge game in net for the Merchants stopping 20 shots, while Caleb Ursy stopped 16.
Friday, Storoschuk, Hayden McLean, Forsyth and Kyle Brezinski scored goals in a 6-4 loss to the Wellesley Applejacks.
Brett Allen led the Applejacks with a pair of goals, while Austin Cousineau, Isaiah Katsube, Brady Brezynskie, Jake Ertel added singles.
The Merchants now have a 2-9-0-1 record and host the Tavistock Braves Friday at 8pm, before the New Hamburg Firebirds come to town Sunday for a 2:30pm game.
On Friday, the Bulldogs dropped a 6-3 decision to the Firebirds.
Frankie Varga, Phalen and DaSilva scored for the Bulldogs.
Antonio Pasqualino, Ian Geffros, Cole Stannix, Cedrik Roth, Tyler Reid and Kaden Eichler all scored for the Firebirds.
The Bulldogs now have a 0-10-1-1 record and host the Hespeler Shamrocks Saturday at 7:30pm, before hosting the Applejacks Sunday at 3pm.