Shamrocks hold off Niagara to end winless streak

CAMBRIDGE – Gavin McLeod turned aside 50 shots as he helped the Hespeler Shamrocks edge the Niagara RiverHawks 5-4 in a chippy Provincial Junior Hockey League game Sunday at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

The Shamrocks scored twice in the first four and a half minutes of the game and never trailed as they put an end to their five-game winless streak. They were ahead 3-2 at the end of the first period before scoring the lone goal of the second.

Hespeler held off the RiverHawks in the third period when Niagara fired 29 shots on goal and had two power-play goals to show for it.

Dylan Cummings, Austin Reilly, Kyle Wagner, Matthew Hayward and Devin Schneider scored a goal apiece for the Shamrocks while Wagner had two assists and Noah Trudeau, Troy Moffitt, Darrian Morgan, Schneider, Matthew Tonner, Ryan Frost and Reilly had one each.

Jayden Engberts, Alex Pettipiece, Dante Massi and Keith Palmer each had a goal for Niagara. Assists went to Konnor VanHeesch, Tyler Seguin, Massi, Zachary Pettit, Carter LeRoux and Zach Snider.

Hespeler had 33 shots on net with 11 in each period. The Shamrocks went 1-for-5 on their power play while Niagara went 3-for-7. The Shamrocks were assessed 43 of the 80 minutes in penalties issued during the game. Both teams were handed two 10-minute misconducts, a game misconducts and a five-minute major.

Matthew Boere had 28 saves for Niagara.

Forward Kyle Yetman made his debut for the Shamrocks in the game. He’d been acquired Saturday from the Paris Mounties of the Doherty Division where he had three goals and 22 penalty minutes in 15 games. A Cambridge native, Yetman had 11 goals, 19 points and 45 penalty minutes in 38 games with Paris last season.

The win lifts the Shamrocks into a tie for seventh in the Bloomfield Division. The Shamrocks are at 6-13-0-1 while the Port Dover Sailors are at 5-14-2-1. Niagara is fifth at 7-11-0-2.

The Shamrocks are to play the sixth-place Dunnville Mudcats (7-12-0-0) at the Dunnville arena Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Shamrocks 5 RiverHawks 4
Niagara       2-0-2–4
Hespeler     3-1-1–5
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