MacLeod gets another shutout as Shamrocks blank Niagara

CAMBRIDGE – Gavin MacLeod stopped all 27 shots he faced to record the shutout as the Hespeler Shamrocks blanked the Niagara RiverHawks 6-0 in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Sunday at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

The shutout was the third of the season for MacLeod who’s in his fourth season in the league. His first two seasons were with the Simcoe Storm before they moved to Hespeler where they’re now in their second season there. The shutout was also the fifth of the PJHL career of the player who was the Bloomfield Division’s goaltender of the month for November, an award he also won last season in January.

Sunday, the Shamrocks scored four of their goals in the first period and added the other two in the second.

Kyle Wagner scored twice for the Shamrocks, once on a power play and the other time on a penalty shot. Single goals were added by Darrian Morgan, Austin Reilly, Ryan Frost and Kyle Yetman. Wagner also had two assists while Noah Trudeau, Frost, Yetman, Devin Schneider and Reilly had one each.

The Shamrocks outshot the RiverHawks 40-27 and went 2-for-8 on their power play while Niagara was scoreless on four power plays.

The game was a chippy affair in the second and third periods when 137 of the 143 minutes in penalties in the game were assessed. Niagara took 104 of the minutes including 80 minutes in misconducts. Hespeler had 20 minutes in misconducts.

Gavan Banga took the loss in the Niagara net with 12 saves until he was replaced by Matthew Boere after Hespeler’s fourth goal. Boere had 22 saves in his 41:24 of play.

The Shamrocks are fifth in the Bloomfield Division at 12-14-2-1. They’re two points behind the fourth-place Dundas Blues (13-12-2-1), but Dundas has a game in hand.

Niagara is sixth at 10-15-0-0.

The Shamrocks are to host Dundas Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hespeler Memorial Arena. The hosts will be without four players (forwards Morgan, Yetman and Trudeau and defenceman Ryan Terry) who picked up suspensions Sunday. Trudeau got a two-game suspension while the others will sit out one game apiece.


Shamrocks 6 River Hawks 0
Niagara       0-0-0–0
Hespeler     4-2-0–6
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