Shamrocks knock Dundas out with overtime victory
DUNDAS – Kyle Wagner’s goal five and a half minutes into overtime lifted the Hespeler Shamrocks to a 7-6 victory over the Dundas Blues in Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division quarter-final playoff action Thursday night.
The win gives Hespeler a 4-1 victory in the best-of-seven series.
The overtime goal capped off a see-saw battle that saw Hespeler hold a three-goal lead at the end of the first period, but fall behind by two goals early in the third. The Shamrocks led 4-1 at the end of the opening period, but trailed 5-4 after the second. Dundas added to its lead five and a half minutes into the third before the Shamrocks pulled even later in the period. Wagner also scored the tying goal for Hespeler, that one coming with 2:14 to go in regulation time.
Wagner and Kyle Yetman each scored twice for the Shamrocks while single goals were added by Dylan Beitz, Austin Reilly and Matthew Tonner. Devin Schneider set up three of the goals while Wagner and Ryan Frost each had two assists and Beitz, Tonner, Yetman, Nick Donelle and Reilly each had one.
Getting a goal apiece for Dundas were Ethan Wellings, Daniel Moro, Scott Malloy, Clarke Bellamy, Scott McLaren and Nick Cutaia. Adam Kozlowski, Moro and Eric Bridgwater each had two assists and McLaren, Mikhail Frolov, Andrew Salt and Ryan Ellis had one apiece.
The Shamrocks outshot the Blues 46-27, but scored on their lone shot of overtime. Hespeler also went 2-for-7 on its power play while Dundas went 2-for-4. The Blues also scored a pair of shorthanded goals.
Gavin MacLeod turned aside 21 shots in the Hespeler net to get the win while Nolan Verardo had 39 saves for Dundas.
The Shamrocks are likely to face the Grimsby Peach Kings in the divisional semifinals. Grimsby leads the eighth-place Dunnville Mudcats 3-0 in the division’s only quarter-final that hasn’t been decided. Game 4 is Friday night at the Dunnville Memorial Arena.
In the other quarter-finals, the Hagersville Hawks swept the Port Dover Sailors 4-0 and the Glanbrook Rangers disposed of the Niagara RiverHawks 4-1.
Grimsby finished the regular season in first place in the division at 31-8-0-3. The Peach kings were two points ahead of Hagersville (29-9-3-2), five ahead of Glanbrook (28-10-3-1), 24 ahead of Dundas (18-19-4-1), 27 ahead of Hespeler (15-19-5-3), 32 ahead of Niagara (15-24-0-3), 36 ahead of Port Dover (13-27-2-1) and 40 ahead of Dunnville (11-28-1-2).
Grimsby swept its regular-season series with the Shamrocks, winning all six games. The Peach Kings never won a game against Hespeler by more than three goals, but outscored the Shamrocks 21-6 in the season series.
Grimsby will have home ice advantage in the divisional semifinals.
Shamrocks 7 Blues 6 (OT)
- Guelph Sports Journal