Shamrocks fade late in OT loss to Niagara

CAMBRIDGE – The Niagara RiverHawks scored a little over a minute and a half into overtime to edge the Hespeler Shamrocks 5-4 in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Sunday at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

Niagara hit for two goals, both with the goaltender on the bench in favour of an extra skater, in the final 67 seconds of regulation time to force the extra period.

Hespeler led 3-2 at the end of the first period prior to a scoreless second. The Shamrocks tallied about seven and a half minutes into the third to extend their lead to two goals.

Kyle Wagner, Nick Donelle, Josh Houston and Matthew Tonner had a goal apiece for the Shamrocks while assists were awarded to Devin Schneider, Austin Reilly, Kyle Yetman, Tonner, Ryan Terry and Matthew Hayward.

Alex Pettipiece, Keith Palmer, Nick Duguid, Derek Pymont and Carter LeRoux scored for Niagara. LeRoux and Pymont each had two assists while Palmer, Brady Bannon, Pettipiece, Tyler Seguin, Giacomo Cotrufo and Duguid had one each.

Niagara outshot Hespeler 40-37 and went 1-for-9 on its power play while the Shamrocks were scoreless on two power plays. The hosts took 40 of the game’s 56 penalty minutes including a pair of misconducts.

Max Parrott had 35 saves for Hespeler while Mathew Boere had 33 for Niagara.

Hespeler is fifth in the Bloomfield Division at 12-16-3-3, three points ahead of sixth-place Niagara (12-19-0-3) and four behind fourth-place Dundas Blues (15-16-3-1).

The Shamrocks are to host the Port Dover Sailors, tied for seventh at 10-23-2-1, Wednesday at 8 p.m.


RiverHawks 5 Shamrocks 4 (OT)
Niagara       2-0-2-1–5
Hespeler     3-0-1-0–4
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Guelph Sports Journal