Elora Rocks edged in OT by Shelburne

SHELBURNE – The Shelburne Muskies needed overtime to slip by the Elora Rocks 4-3 in Western Ontario Athletic Association senior men’s hockey league play Friday night at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex.

The Rocks never led in the game, but twice they came back to tie the score in the third period.

Shelburne led 2-0 at the end of the first period before Elora scored the only goal of the second. The Rocks tied it early in the third before Shelburne shot ahead again seven and a half minutes later. The Rocks tied it and forced the overtime with a goal with 3:38 to go in regulation time.

Nathan King’s goal at 4:38 of overtime won it for Shelburne.

Spencer Gourlay had a pair of goals for the Rocks while Bradey Prosic also scored and Ben Piluk collected the only assist awarded to an Elora player in the game.

Ty McCallum, Chris Greer and Ed Gaffney scored for Shelburne in regulation time. Assists went to Nick Hodgson, Nick Glassford, Doug Costanzo, Trevor Vanalstine and Luke Richardson.

Shelburne outshot the Rocks 60-28.

Kevin Collins made 56 saves in the Elora net while winning goalie Craig Byford had 25 saves for Shelburne.

The win for Shelburne avenged a 4-2 loss to the Rocks Dec. 22 at the Elora and District Community Centre.

The result left the Rocks 12th in the 13-team league with a 2-10-0-2 record and Shelburne fifth at 9-7-0-0.

Friday’s game was the first of four consecutive road games for the Rocks. They’re to play the second-place Ripley Wolves (12-3-0-0) Sunday at the Ripley Huron Community Centre. Game time is 4:30 p.m.


Muskies 4 Rocks 3 (OT)
First Period
1. Shelburne, McCallum (Hodgson, Glassford), 7:57
2. Shelburne, Greer (Costanzo, Vanalstine), 8:47 pp
Penalties: McCallum Shel (roughing), 8:24; Horrigan Elora (roughing), 9:30.
Second Period
3. Elora, Gourlay (Piluk), 7:49
Penalties: Jefferies Elora (roughing), 1:10; Diflorio Elora (interference), 11:14; Halbych Elora (tripping), 15:06.
Third Period
4. Elora, Prosic (unassisted), 3:58
5. Shelburne, Gaffney (unassisted), 11:20
6. Elora, Gourlay (unassisted), 16:22
Penalties: Horrigan Elora (tripping), 6:51; Wright Shel (interference), 12:46; Bennington Shel (10-minute misconduct), 16:22; Jefferies Elora (checking from behind), 17:59.
7. Shelburne, King (Richardson), 4:38
Penalties: none.
Shots on Goal
Elora 28; Shelburne 60.
Goalies: Collins (L, 60 shots-56 saves), Elora; Byford (W, 28 shots-25 saves), Shelburne.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Elora 1-2; Shelburne 0-6.
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