Another shutout setback for Hespeler Shamrocks

CAMBRIDGE – All the Hespeler Shamrocks want for Christmas is a goal.

The Shamrocks yielded a pair of third-period goals Saturday night at the Hespeler Memorial Arena as they were shut out 2-0 by the Niagara RiverHawks in Provincial Junior Hockey League play .

It was the third consecutive blanking for the Shamrocks as they were defeated 5-0 by the Grimsby Peach Kings at Grimsby Friday and 8-0 by the Glanbrook Rangers at Glanbrook Wednesday.

Zachary Pettit and Jacob Saddler (into an empty net with 17 seconds to play) scored for Niagara Saturday while Dante Massi and Daniel Volpatti each had an assist.

The Shamrocks outshot Niagara 34-29 while both teams were scoreless on their power plays – Niagara on three and Hespeler on five.

Gavin McLeod was charged with the loss in the Hespeler net while Mathew Boere claimed the win for Niagara.

Hespeler is eighth in the eight-team Bloomfield Division at 4-22-1-1 and Niagara is tied for third at 15-12-0-2. Glanbrook (26-1-0-1) leads and Grimsby (22-4-1-0) is second.

The Shamrocks, who changed head coaches last week, are winless in 10 games with a tie and nine losses during that stretch. Former Guelph Hurricanes assistant coach Mike Down, who was serving as the assistant general manager of the Shamrocks, has added the head-coaching job to his title.

The Shamrocks are to Glanbrook at the Hespeler arena Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


RiverHawks 2 Shamrocks 0
Niagara     0-0-2–2
Hespeler     0-0-0–0
First Period
No scoring.
Penalties: Volpatti Niag (hooking), 13:17; McKeraghan Niag (slashing), 13:44; Hartin Hesp (hooking), 15:33; Snider Niag (interference), 18:28.
Second Period
No scoring.
Penalties: Beitz Hesp (high sticking), 4:26; C.Tonner Hesp (hooking), 16:12; McKeraghan Niag (tripping), 19:14.
Third Period
1. Niagara, Pettit (Massi) 3:33
2. Niagara, Saddler (Volpatti) 19:43 en
Penalties: Langlais Niag (cross checking), C.Tonner Hesp (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:07; Lavoie Niag (tripping), 13:40.
Shots on Goal
Niagara     7-9-13–29
Hespeler     9-9-16–34
Goalies: Boere (W, 34 shots-33 saves), Niagara; McLeod (L, 28 shots-27 saves), Hespeler.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Niagara 0-3; Hespeler 0-5.


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