Canes make roster changes at deadline

GUELPH – The Guelph Hurricanes made a trio of roster changes at the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s trade deadline Wednesday.

The Canes acquired defenceman Niki Molson from the Elmira Sugar Kings for cash considerations and forward Aiden Matekovic from the Kitchener Dutchmen.

The 18-year-old Molson had a goal, six assists and 15 penalty minutes with the Sugar Kings this season, his first in the league. That total included two assists in five games against the Canes. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blueliner played midget AAA with the Toronto Titans last season.

Matekovic, also 18, had three goals, two assists and 29 penalty minutes with the Dutchmen in his second season in the league. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward had four goals, two assists and 13 penalty minutes in 37 games with the Dutchmen last season following a 10-point season with Waterloo in midget AAA play in 2015-16.

The Guelph squad also released forward Chris Atanas. They had acquired Atanas from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League late in November and he had one assist and 16 penalty minutes in seven games with the Canes.

The Canes are to host the Brantford 99ers at the Sleeman Centre Friday at 7:30 p.m. The teams are tied for seventh in the eight-team Midwestern Conference after Brantford outlasted the Brampton Bombers 7-5 Thursday at Brantford’s Gretzky Centre to end a five-game losing streak.

The 99ers also made a few changes this week, dismissing former Canes head coach Peter Crosby and replacing him with Wes Consorti, acquiring defenceman Rewdy Scott from the Waterloo Siskins, forward T.J. Hughes and defenceman James Farmer-Valente from the Caledonia Corvairs and forward Graydon James from the Ancaster Avalanche and trading away defenceman Levi Tetrault to the Leamington Flyers, forwards Kyle West and Dante Felicetti to the St. Catharines Falcons and forward Eric Eschweiler to Caledonia.

Thursday’s win left Brantford with 23 points at 10-21-0-3. They have two games in hand on the Canes who are at 9-22-1-4. Brampton is a point ahead at 12-22-0-0 and also has two games in hand on the Canes who have 14 games remaining on their regular-season schedule.

  • Guelph Sports Journal