Shamrocks fall to Niagara on third-period goal

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The Niagara RiverHawks struck for the lone goal of the third period to edge the Hespeler Shamrocks in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Thursday at the Gale Centre.

The teams had been tied 1-1 at the end of the first period and 2-2 after the second.

Dylan Beitz and Cameron Tonner scored the goals for Hespeler while assists were awarded to Joseph Tabet, Matthew Tonner, David Biro and Derek Sebastian.

Daniel Volpatti had two goals and an assist for Niagara while Keith Palmer scored the winning goal. Mason Durant collected two assists while Doyle Groulx, Josh Urbshott and Ryan DeGiuli each had one.

Niagara outshot Hespeler 35-23, but was scoreless on four power plays while the Shamrocks had one power-play goal on five chances.

Connor Pickard was charged with the loss in net for Hespeler while Dylan Matos was the winner for Niagara.

The result leaves the Shamrocks at 1-6-0-0 and Niagara at 4-2-0-0.

The Shamrocks are to host the unbeaten Grimsby Peach Kings (6-0-0-0) Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.


RiverHawks 3 Shamrocks 2
Hespeler     1-1-0–2
Niagara        1-1-1–3
First Period
1. Niagara, Volpatti (Durant, Groulx) 6:54
2. Hespeler, Beitz (Tabet, M.Tonner) 19:44 pp
Penalties: Lowe Niag (boarding, boarding misconduct), 9:18; Hammill Hesp (tripping), 11:09; Seguin Niag (too many men bench minor), 18:36.
Second Period
3. Hespeler, C.Tonner (Biro, Sebastian) 8:45
4. Niagara, Volpatti (Durant, Urbshott) 18:42
Penalties: Cotrufo Niag (roughing), Hammill Hesp (roughing), 15:59; Volpatti Niag (boarding, boarding misconduct), 17:11; Beitz Hesp (interference), 17:50; C.Tonner Hesp (slashing), 19:17.
Third Period
5. Niagara, Palmer (Volpatti, DeGiuli) 12:55
Penalties: Somerville Niag (head contact, head contact misconduct), 4:47; Hartin Hesp (tripping), 4:53; Cotrufo Niag (tripping), 10:40.
Shots on Goal
Hespeler        7-11-5–23
Niagara     13-10-12–35
Goalies: Pickard (L, 35 shots-32 saves), Hespeler; Matos (W, 23 shots-21 saves), Niagara.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Hespeler 1-5; Niagara 0-4.
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