Shamrocks out of playoffs, nipped by Grimsby
CAMBRIDGE – The Hespeler Shamrocks bowed out of the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Bloomfield Division playoffs Wednesday night when they were edged 3-2 by the Grimsby Peach Kings at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.
The win gave Grimsby a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven divisional semifinal.
After a scoreless first period, the teams netted two goals apiece in the second, Hespeler leading by a goal twice, but Grimsby pulling even two and a half minutes both times.
The Peach Kings won the game and the series with a goal more than 14 minutes into the third period.
Dylan Cummings and Ryan Frost collected a goal apiece for the Shamrocks while Brett Hartin, Kyle Wagner and Josh Houston each had an assist.
Scoring for Grimsby were Dorion Maye, Maxime Pleau and Jacob Balca while assists went to Tyler Bush, Bailey Stumpo, Balca and Pleau.
The Peach Kings outshot the Shamrocks 29-27 while both teams were scoreless on their power plays, Grimsby with three power plays and Hespeler with six.
Gavin MacLeod took the loss in the Hespeler net. He had 26 saves while Riley Eberhardt had 25 for Grimsby.
While the Shamrocks were swept by Grimsby, the Peach Kings outscored them 11-4 in the series.
This season was an improvement over last season for the Shamrocks. They defeated the Dundas Blues 4-1 in the divisional quarter-finals before falling to Grimsby. Hespeler finished fifth in the division and had an overall record of 19-24-5-3 in regular season and playoffs.
Last season the Shamrocks were eighth in the eight-team division and they were swept in four games by the first-place Glanbrook Rangers, Glanbrook outscoring the Shamrocks 37-7 in that series. Overall, the Shamrocks were 7-36-1-2 last season.
Peach Kings 3 Shamrocks 2
- Guelph Sports Journal