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Hespeler Shamrocks downed by Dorchester in preseason match

DORCHESTER – The Hespeler Shamrocks suffered a 7-3 loss to the Dorchester Dolphins in their Provincial Junior Hockey League preseason opener at the Dorchester Arena Sunday.

Dorchester led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 5-1 after the second in their fourth preseason match. The Dolphins had lost their previous there as they were beaten 8-3 and 3-2 in overtime by the Norwich Merchants and 5-3 by the Tavistock Braves.

The Dolphins had 15 players in their lineup who played with the team last season including eight who appeared in 30 or more games while the Shamrocks had three who played for them last season — Mitch Perry (38 regular-season games last season), Jack Restauri (36 games) and Matthew Hodgson (3 games).

Daniel Tremblay, Dylan Richardson and Restauri scored a goal apiece for Hespeler while Andrew Harris had two assists and Tremblay, Liam Nelson and Restauri had one apiece.

David Hanley and Noah Serapiglia shared the goaltending chores and they combined for 33 saves.

Lucas Wilson and Jarrett Humphries had two goals apiece for Dorchester while single goals were added by Nicholas Shearer, Austin Connors and Ethan Sawyer. Triston Gerth assisted on five of the goals while Shearer, Tage Gallant and Connors each had two assists. Single assists went to Wilson and Humphries.

Deklan Jermol and Jeremy Hardeman combined for 15 saves for Dorchester.

Dorchester outshot Hespeler 40-18 and went 2-for-7 on the power play while the Shamrocks were scoreless on their only power play.

The Shamrocks and Dolphins do not play each other in the regular season as the Dolphins are in the West Conference and Hespeler is in the South Conference.

Next and final preseason game for the Shamrocks is slated for Sept. 10 at the Hespeler Memorial Arena when they’re to host the expansion Fergus Whalers. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

The Shamrocks and Whalers also won’t play each other during the regular season as Fergus is in the North Conference.


  • Guelph Sports Journal