Elora rocked by Durham in WOAA season opener

ELORA – The Elora Rocks opened their WOAA senior AA men’s hockey season with a 10-2 setback to the Durham Thundercats Friday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.

The Rocks surrendered five second-period goals in the loss as Durham extended a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period into a 7-1 advantage at the end of the second.

The Spencers, Gourlay and Aspden, scored the goals for the Rocks while Lyam Cripps assisted on both goals. Chad Herron and Bradey Prosic each had one assist.

Jake Brown, Quinton Bruce, Justin ‘8’ Graham and Kyler Nixon each netted two goals for Durham while Curtis Longland and Trevor Hughson scored once each. Justin ‘22’ Graham had four assists and Brown had three. Getting one assist apiece were Justin ‘8’ Graham, Kyler Nixon, Mitch Betts, Scott Sandercock, Bruce, Derek Matheson, Jeff MacMillan, Hughson and Colin Rigney.

Durham outshot the Rocks 54-44. Gatlin Burt had 42 saves to get the win in net for the Thundercats while Gary Walser took the loss for the Rocks. Walser had 31 saves in the first two periods while Austin Hoegy played the third and made 13 saves.

Durham went 2-for-5 on its power play and the Rocks were scoreless on two power plays.

The Rocks are to host the Ripley Wolves Friday at the Elora and District Community Centre. Game time is 8:30 p.m.


Thundercats 10 Rocks 2
Durham     2-5-3–10
Elora            1-0-1–2
First Period
1. Durham, Brown (J8 Graham, K.Nixon) 4:31 pp
2. Durham, Bruce (Brown, J22 Graham) 7:16
3. Elora, Gourlay (Herron, Cripps) 10:20
Penalties: Cripps Elora (high sticking double minor) 3:32; West Elora (interference) 11:51; Bruce Dur (elbowing) 15:33.
Second Period
4. Durham, Longland (Betts, Sandercock) 2:36
5. Durham, J8 Graham (J22 Graham, Bruce) 5:37 pp
6. Durham, Bruce (Brown) 7:53
7. Durham, K.Nixon (Matheson) 12:40
8. Durham, Brown (J22 Graham) 17:41
Penalties: Gourlay Elora (hooking) 4:39; D.Nixon Dur (cross-checking) 10:08; DiFlorio Elora (high sticking) 19:09.
Third Period
9. Durham, Hughson (MacMillan) 7:26
10. Durham, K.Nixon (J22 Graham, Brown) 8:17
11. Durham, J8 Graham (Hughson, Rigney) 9:37
12. Elora, Aspden (Cripps, Prosic) 16:42
Penalties: none.
Shots on Goal
Durham     16-22-16–54
Elora          12-17-15–44
Goalies: Burt (W, 44 shots-42 saves), Durham; Walser (L, 40:00, 38 shots-31 saves), Hoegy (20:00, 16 shots-13 saves), Elora.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Durham 2-5; Elora 0-2.
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