Second-period scoring sparks Fergus Thistles
ARTHUR – The Fergus Thistles scored eight goals in the second period on their way to a 13-11 victory over the Barrie Bombers in Ontario junior C lacrosse play Friday night at the Arthur Recreation Complex.
The second-period scoring by the Thistles included the first four goals of the period to turn a slim one-goal advantage at the beginning of the period into a five-goal gap by the period’s eight-minute mark.
Fergus led 4-3 at the end of the first period and 12-9 after the second, Barrie closing the margin with two goals in the final minute of the period.
Nick Aitchison, Carter Hyndman and Brodie Schafer each recorded hat tricks for the Thistles while Adam Lantz, Jake Bauman, J.J. Swanston and Ryan Biggs added single goals. Aitchison assisted on five of the goals and Lantz had three assists. Getting two assists apiece were Hyndman, Bauman, Swanston and Cameron Angst while single assists were awarded to Schafer, Biggs, Sam MacDonald, goalie Xavier DeMichele and Jeremy Goodwin.
Cole Harrison and Bo Steele each scored three times for Barrie while Owen King had a pair of goals and Zack Phillips, Ryan Prestwich and Josh Coughlin scored once each. Owen King set up six of the goals while Phillips had five assists, Harrison and Ty Steele had two each and William Lowe, Ryley Ruff, Tye Burke and Wyatt King had one apiece.
Barrie outshot the Thistles 60-48 and the teams each scored four power-play goals – Fergus on five power plays and Barrie on 11.
DeMichele turned aside 49 shots for the win in the Fergus net while Wyatt King had 35 saves for Barrie.
The win by the Thistles creates a three-way tie for top spot in the West Division. Fergus and the Wilmot Wild each have 11-4-0 records while the Brantford Warriors have a game in hand at 11-3-0. Barrie is fourth at 8-5-0.
The Thistles have a single game to go in their regular season as they’re to play Wilmot at the Wilmot Recreation Centre in Baden Sunday at 3 p.m. That’s also Wilmot’s final game of the regular season.
Brantford is idle this weekend and is to host the Caledon Bandits (3-10-0) June 28 and Oakville Buzz (2-10-0) June 30.
Barrie had three games to play – at home to Caledon Saturday night and Oakville Sunday afternoon and at Oakville June 29.
Thistles 13 Bombers 11
- Guelph Sports Journal