Hespeler Shamrocks fight back, but fall in overtime
CAMBRIDGE – Despite rallying from a three-goal deficit, the Hespeler Shamrocks were nipped 5-4 in overtime by the Dunnville Mudcats in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Sunday at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.
The Shamrocks scored the opening goal of the game, but Dunnville responded with four in a row. The Mudcats were up 2-1 at the end of the first period and led 4-1 a tick after the midway point of regulation time. However, Hespeler cut the gap to 4-3 by the end of the second and tied it with a power-play goal in the opening minute of the third.
Bryce Hoggard’s unassisted goal 39 seconds into overtime won it for Dunnville.
Kyle Wagner scored twice for Hespeler while Tony Tikel and Ryan Frost added single goals. Getting two assists apiece were Dylan Beitz, Matthew Diebolt and Devin Schneider while Tikel and Austin Reilly had one each.
Riley Ricker scored twice in regulation time for Dunnville while Jack MacDonald and James Bradshaw netted single goals. Assists were awarded to Bryce Hoggard, Jakob Murdoch, Bradshaw, Zac Schmultz and Evan Gibson.
The Shamrocks outshot the Mudcats 55-31 and both teams collected two power-play goals, Dunnville on six power plays and Hespeler on seven.
Hespeler is fifth in the Bloomfield Division standings at 12-15-2-2 while Dunnville is sixth at 10-20-1-2.
The game completed the 2019 portion of Hespeler’s schedule and was the first of five in a row at home for the Shamrocks.
The Shamrocks are to host the division-leading Grimsby Peach Kings (23-6-0-3) Sunday at 3:30 p.m., second-place Glanbrook Rangers (23-9-0-0) Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m., seventh-place Niagara RiverHawks (10-17-0-2) Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and eighth-place Port Dover Sailors (9-19-2-1) Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
Mudcats 5 Shamrocks 4 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal