Thistles nipped by Brantford in season opener

ELORA – The Fergus Thistles surrendered a pair of goals in the first three minutes of overtime and only got one back later in the 10-minute extra period as they were edged 10-9 by the Brantford Warriors Saturday at the Elora and District Community Centre in the Ontario junior C lacrosse league season opener for both teams.

The chippy game was close throughout with neither team getting a lead of more than two goals. The Thistles were up 3-2 at the end of the first period while the teams were tied 6-6 at the end of the second and 8-8 after the third.

Nick Aitchison led the Thistles with a four-goal outing while J.J. Swanston scored twice. Single goals were added by Jake Bauman, Scott Stovel and Trenton Hitchcock and Brodie Schafer and Adam Lantz each had three assists. Carter Hydman set up two of the goals and Hitchcock, Bauman, Swanston, Stovel and Aitchison each had one assist.

Dalton Thomas had a hat trick for Brantford and Max Lewis, Blake Dunford, Trevor McDonald, Quinn Drysdale, Josh Millette, Connor Merritt and Spencer Martin each scored once. Merritt collected three assists while Campbell McPhedries, Ryan Dorr and McDonald each had two assists. Single assists were awarded to Kyle Vilez, Millette, Dunford, John McRae and Michael Comeau.

Tyson Reeves was tagged with the loss in net for the Thistles. He stopped 19 shots after replacing starter Xavier DeMichele for the start of the second period. DeMichelle had six saves.

Jacob Moir was the winner in net for Brantford as he turned aside 40 shots.

Fergus outshot Brantford 49-35 and went 3-for-12 on the power play while the Warriors were 3-for-6.

The Thistles are to host the Oakville Buzz Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. That game will be Oakville’s season opener.


Warriors 10 Thistles 9
Brantford     2-4-2-2–10
Fergus           3-3-2-1–9
First Period
1. Fergus, J.J. Swanston (Carter Hydman, Brodie Schafer), 6:46
2. Brantford, Max Lewis (Campbell McPhedries), 7:11
3. Fergus, Jake Bauman (unassisted), 8:00
4. Brantford, Blake Dunford (Kyle Vilez), 9:19
5. Fergus, Scott Stovel (Trenton Hitchcock, Jake Bauman), 14:40
Penalty: Harrison Brooks Brant (high sticking), 1:45.
Second Period
6. Brantford, Dalton Thomas (Josh Millette, Connor Merritt), 3:55 pp
7. Brantford, Trevor McDonald (Connor Merritt), 4:54
8. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (Adam Lantz, J.J. Swanston), 10:38 pp
9. Fergus, J.J. Swanston (Scott Stovel, Carter Hydman), 12:04 pp
10. Brantford, Dalton Thomas (Campbell McPhedries), 15:44 sh
11. Brantford, Dalton Thomas (Connor Merritt, Blake Dunford), 17:29 pp
12. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (Adam Lantz), 19:14
Penalties: Nick DAmico Brant (tripping), 1:46; Trenton Hitchcock Ferg (slashing), 3:24; Ryan Biggs Ferg (fighting major, fighting game misconduct), 5:44; Max Lewis Brant (high sticking, aggressor major, fighting major, fighting game misconduct, second major in game game misconduct), 6:11; Kyle Vilez Brant (illegal cross checking), 12:48; Michael Comeau Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), 14:03; Eli McLeod Ferg (high sticking), Hayden Brassard Ferg (high sticking), 17:00; John McRae Brant (checking from behind), 19:51.
Third Period
13. Brantford, Quinn Drysdale (unassisted), 5:12
14. Fergus, Trenton Hitchcock (Brodie Schafer, Nick Aitchison), 5:33
15. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (Brodie Schafer, Adam Lantz), 7:56
16. Brantford, Josh Millette (Ryan Dorr, John McRae), 10:39
Penalties: John McRae Brant (checking from behind), 1:31; Jacob Ristov Ferg (high sticking), Connor Merritt Brant (slashing), 3:47; Jacob Ristov Ferg (roughing major), Dalton Thomas Brant (roughing major), 8:12; Trenton Hitchcock Ferg (unsportsmanlike conduct game misconduct), Nick Aitchison Ferg (roughing), Spencer Martin Brant (roughing), Campbell McPhedries Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct game misconduct), 9:27; Ryan Dorr Brant (unsportsmanlike conduct bench minor), 10:45; Ryan Litt Ferg (roughing), 16:08.
17. Brantford, Spencer Martin (Michael Comeau, Trevor McDonald), 1:06
18. Brantford, Connor Merritt (Ryan Dorr, Trevor McDonald), 2:43 pp
19. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (unassisted), 6:46 pp
Penalties: Scott Stovel Ferg (high sticking), 1:17; John McRae Brant (checking from behind double minor), 6:18; Spencer Martin Brant (high sticking major), 9:47.
Shots on Goal
Brantford     2-4-2-2–35
Fergus         3-3-2-1–49
Goalies: Jacob Moir (W, 49 shots-40 saves), Brantford; Xavier DeMichele (20:00, 8 shots-6 saves), Tyson Reeves (L, 46:24, 27 shots-19 saves), Fergus.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Brantford 3-6; Fergus 3-12.


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