Hespeler falls to Niagara as RiverHawks net quick trio

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Three goals in a span of less than two minutes late in the first period sparked the Niagara RiverHawks to a 4-2 victory over the Hespeler Shamrocks in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Thursday night at the Gale Centre.

Hespeler scored the only goal of the second period and the teams struck for a goal apiece in the third.

Austin Reilly and Kyle Wagner hit for a goal apiece for Hespeler while Devin Schneider and Trevor Ayrton each had one assist.

Jacob Saddler, Nick Volpatti, Reid Lowe and Tyler Seguin each had a goal for Niagara while assists were awarded to Pymont, Karl Lavoie, Mason Durant, Daniel Volpatti, Seguin, Keith Palmer, Matt McKeraghan and Matt Somerville.

The RiverHawks outshot the Shamrocks 39-29. Hespeler went 1-for-8 on its power play while Niagara was scoreless on four power plays.

Connor Pickard had 35 saves in the Hespeler net and Mathew Boere had 27 for Niagara.

The RiverHawks are fifth in the Bloomfield Division at 17-13-0-3 while the Shamrocks are eighth at 5-29-1-1.

The Shamrocks are to host the sixth-place Port Dover Sailors (11-19-2-3) Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.


RiverHawks 4 Shamrocks 2
Hespeler     0-1-1–2
Niagara       3-0-1–4
First Period
1. Niagara, Saddler (Pymont, Lavoie) 14:09
2. Niagara, N.Volpatti (Durant, D.Volpatti) 14:31
3. Niagara, Lowe (Seguin, Palmer) 16:01
Penalties: Reilly Hesp (slashing), 7:32; McKeraghan Niag (slashing), 10:45; Snider Niag (head contact, head contact misconduct), 11:16.
Second Period
4. Hespeler, Reilly (unassisted) 19:13
Penalties: Tikel Hesp (cross checking), 8:10; Snider Niag (tripping), 11:40; Massi Niag (high sticking), 15:39; Schneider Hesp (tripping), Beitz Hesp (abuse of officials misconduct), 19:52.
Third Period
5. Niagara, Seguin (McKeraghan, Somerville) 14:14
6. Hespeler, Wagner (Schneider, Ayrton) 16:21 pp
Penalties: D.Volpatti Niag (roughing after whistle), 5:10; LeRoux Niag (roughing, cross checking), 5:30; Trudeau Hesp (high sticking), 11:23; Brake Niag (tripping), 15:47.
Shots on Goal
Hespeler     10-12-7–29
Niagara     17-11-11–39
Goalies: Connor Pickard (L, 39 shots-35 saves), Hespeler; Mathew Boere (W, 29 shots-27 saves), Niagara.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Hespeler 1-8, Niagara 0-4.


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