Canes head to break with win over Brampton
GUELPH – The Guelph Hurricanes gave themselves an early Christmas present as a third-period comeback ended in a 5-3 victory over the Brampton Bombers in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.
The Canes scored three times in the final six and a half minutes of their third consecutive game against the Bombers. The locals had dropped the other two, both at Brampton’s Memorial Arena.
Saturday, the Canes led 2-1 at the end of the first period before Brampton tied it with the lone goal of the second. The Bombers went ahead for the first time in the game five minutes into the third on a goal by Patrick Del Vecchio.
That led held until Mathieu Mercier pulled the hosts even with 6:14 to go in the period. Tyler Harrison followed with eventual game-winner 1:33 later and he also added an insurance marker into an empty net with the Canes playing shorthanded with 1:57 to go.
Anthony Mota and minor midget AAA call-up Matthew Tolton had scored in the first period for Guelph. Nine Canes collected one assist apiece — Nolan Guertin, Brett Hunter, Connor LePage, Ben Demoe, Dayten Lylyk, Mota, Keanan Stewart, Bradley Smith and Mason Sinkeldam.
Daniel Heelis and Marcus Didiano had the other goals for Brampton while Andrew Horsley, Avery Rodriguez, Ryan Park, Remy Dalben and Ivan Brewer each had one assist.
The Canes outshot Brampton 35-30 and both teams went 0-for-5 on their power plays.
Jet Greaves picked up the win in net for the Canes, his seventh of the season and second in three outings. Joshua Eisfeld took the loss for the Bombers.
While the Canes remained seventh in the Midwestern Conference, the win allowed them to close the gap to sixth-place Brampton to a single point. The Bombers have 24 points on a 12-19-0-0 record while the Canes have 23 on a 9-20-1-4 mark. Brampton has three games in hand.
Listowel Cyclones (28-5-0-0) lead the division and are followed by the Stratford Warriors (24-8-0-1), Waterloo Siskins (18-12-0-2), Elmira Sugar Kings (19-16-0-0) and Kitchener Dutchmen (14-17-0-2). The Brantford 99ers (9-20-0-2) are eighth, three points behind the Canes and with three games in hand over the Guelph side.
The Canes return to league play Jan. 5 with a game against the Cyclones at Listowel’s new Steve Kerr Memorial Complex. They’re to host Kitchener Jan. 6 at the Sleeman Centre. Both teams have 7:30 p.m. game times.
Canes 5 Bombers 3
1. Guelph, Mota (Guertin, Hunter), 3:11
2. Brampton, Heelis (Horsley), 9:12
3. Guelph, Tolton (LePage, Demoe), 18:00
Penalties: Heelis Bramp (cross checking), 5:27; Pleasance Bramp (roughing), Chard Gue (roughing), 9:36; Chard Gue (interference), 13:39; Stewart Gue (slashing), 19:18.
4. Brampton, Didiano (Rodriguez, Park), 9:52
Penalties: Aonso Bramp (roughing), Jerome Gue (roughing), 2:04; Heelis Bramp (head contact, head contact misconduct), 2:41; Sheppard Bramp (cross checking), 4:15; Hunter Gue (hooking), 7:48; Aonso Bramp (tripping), 11:19; Guertin Gue (hooking), 11:43.
5. Brampton, Del Vecchio (Dalben, Brewer), 5:03
6. Guelph, Mercier (Lylyk, Mota), 13:46
7. Guelph, Harrison (Stewart, Smith), 15:19
8. Guelph, Harrison (Sinkeldam), 18:03 sh en
Penalties: Pleasance Bramp (slashing), 8:07; Samari Bramp (roughing), Demoe Gue (roughing, inciting an opponent misconduct), 14:47; Mercier Gue (high sticking), 16:16.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Eisfeld (L, 34 shots-30 saves), Brampton; Greaves (W, 30 shots-27 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Brampton 0-5; Guelph 0-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal