By Darryl G. Smart
Joel Storoschuk was at it again on Friday night.
For the second game in a row, the shifty Norwich Merchants forward from Simcoe scored in overtime, this time giving his team a 8-7 win over the second-place Tavistock Braves in Provincial Junior Hockey League Doherty Division action.
Last week he did the same thing against the Burford Bulldogs.
Though Storoschuk scored the game-winner, the Merchants can thank leading scorer Austin Forsyth for leading the way scoring four goals and two assists. Jack Gee, Jeremy Marsh, and Noah Giovinazzo also scored for the Merchants.
Nathan Yeck, Drew Gerth and Josh Helgerman each scored two goals for the Braves. Brock McKenzie added one.
Monroe Carver got the win between the pipes making 40 saves.
On Sunday, the Merchants needed extra time again, but this time it was Jack Neil scoring to give the New Hamburg Firebirds a 6-5 win in overtime.
Reid Lazou, Marsh, Isaac Borges, Nathan DaSilva and Tanner Mitton scored for the Merchants.
Alexandr Potop, Antonia Pasqualino, Eric VanderEyk, Riley Benko, Brendan Smith and Jack Neil scored for the Firebirds.
With the weekend split, the Merchants now have a 3-9-1-1 record and host the Hespeler Shamrocks Friday at 8pm.
Bulldogs come close
The Burford Bulldogs were again knocking on victory’s door but couldn’t get over the hump Saturday, losing 3-2 to the Hespeler Shamrocks in PJHL Doherty Division action.
The Bulldogs’ Thomas Morgan and Carter Murphy bookended the game’s scoring in the first and third periods. But it was goals from Brett Hartin, Noah Trudeau and Tommy Zufelt that led the Shamrocks to the W.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs were outshot 54-21 as the Wellesley Applejacks skated away with a 8-0 win.
Brett Allen led the Applejacks with two goals while singles went to Austin Stemmler, Jake Clemmer, Curtis ButlerConnor Doerbecker, Carson Wickie and Justin McCombs.
Caleb Ursu made 46 stops.
Still winless at 0-12-1-1, the Bulldogs are on the road Friday against the Tavistock Braves at 7:30pm, before hosting the Woodstock Navy Vets Saturday at 7:20pm.
Sailors bounce back
The Port Dover Sailors showed the ability to bounce back Sunday, beating the Dunnville Mudcats 5-2 at home.
The win came off the heels of a tough 10-1 loss to the Dundas Blues on Thursday.
Michael Vanacker got the Sailors going quickly thanks to his goal 56 seconds into the game. Nick D’Agostino and Isaac Maculay added to the first period lead, with Zachary Johnson scoring one more early in the second period.
Matt Fang finally stopped the bleeding midway through the frame, before Dylan Courier and Jacob Passmore exchanged goals in the third period.
Ben Serrador got the win thanks to his 27-save performance. Down at the other end, Owen McDonnell made 35 stops.
The Sailors are now in second place in the PJHL’s Bloomfield Division with a 8-5 record. They are in Niagara Falls Thursday to play the Niagara Riverhawks, before hitting the road again Friday against the Grimsby Peach Kings. Both games are at 7:30pm. Sunday the Sailors return home when they host the Glanbrook Rangers at 2pm.
Mudcats make a statement
The Dunnville Mudcats made a statement on Friday.
Jakob Murdoch scored the hat trick to lead the Mudcats to a 5-4 win over the Grimsby Peach Kings.
Nathan Jackson and Kellen Cole also pitched in with one goal each.
Maxime Pleau, Dylan Cummings, Reid Woodcock and Angus Pollock responded for the Peach Kings.
Now with a 4-7-2 record, the Mudcats host the Hagersville Hawks on Friday at 7:30pm.
Horvat nets two for Hawks
Despite a two-goal effort from Jason Horvat, the Hagersville Hawks dropped a 8-2 decision to the Dundas Blues on Saturday.
James Almeida scored twice for the Blues, with Jayvin Ramjit, Jake Proulx, Ryan Jormakka, Nicholas Kisil, Aidan Leet, and Riley Zimmerman all pitching in with a goal.
Gavan Banga turned aside 31 shots for the Hawks, while Tyson Gustaw did the same for the Blues.
The 2-8-0-2 Hawks host the Dunnville Mudcats Saturday at 7:30pm.