Elmira advances to meet Listowel in GOJHL Midwestern final
KITCHENER – Three goals in the final five minutes of the game, two into an empty net, gave the Elmira Sugar Kings a 5-2 victory over the Kitchener Dutchmen Friday night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium and a berth in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Midwestern Conference final.
The win gave Elmira a 4-2 victory in the best-of-seven series.
Elmira had shot ahead in the first period with a pair of goals just over two minutes apart. Kitchener tied it in the second on power-play goals by Brandon Grandinetti and Steven Farano.
Ethan Skinner’s power-play goal with 4:36 to play proved to be the eventual game-winner for Elmira while Jeff Jordan added two empty-netters in the final 62 seconds of the game to wrap up the scoring.
Mitch Hoelscher and Jake Brown scored in the first period for the Sugar Kings.
Kitchener outshot Elmira 39-28 and both teams scored two power-play goals, Elmira on seven opportunities and Kitchener on eight.
Jonathan Reinhart picked up the win in net for Elmira while Jackson McIntosh took the loss for Kitchener.
Elmira advances to play the Listowel Cyclones in the conference final. Dates for the series have not been decided.
St. Catharines 5 Niagara Falls 2
ST. CATHARINES – The St. Catharines Falcons grabbed a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference semifinal Friday night with a 5-2 victory over the Niagara Falls Canucks at the Jack Gatecliff Arena.
The Falcons scored the first three goals of the game on their way to the win as they hit for one goal in the first period and two in the second. The teams traded goals in the third.
Tanner Ferreira had a pair of goals for the Falcons while single goals were netted by Brandon Skubel, Riley McCourt and Mitchell Webb.
Niagara Falls received goals from Harrison Cottam and Tanner Brown.
Owen Savory stopped 25 shots for the win in net for St. Catharines. Zach Moore took the loss for Niagara Falls as he yielded the five goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Adam Dentico with 11:10 to go in the third. Dentico stopped all four shots he faced.
St. Catharines went 3-for-7 on the power play and held Niagara Falls scoreless on three power plays.
Sixth game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls. If the Canucks win that game, the seventh and deciding game is to go Monday at St. Catharines at 7 p.m.
The winner of the series will play the Caledonia Corvairs in the conference final. The Corvairs swept the Ancaster Avalanche in four games with the series-clinching win coming last Sunday.
- Guelph Sports Journal