Thistles turn on power play to silence Buzz
FERGUS – The Fergus Thistles were perfect on their power play as they dumped the short-staffed Oakville Buzz 13-3 in Ontario junior C lacrosse league play Saturday night at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.
The Thistles scored six power-play goals and never trailed in the game on their way to their first victory of the season. They had dropped their season opener to the Brantford Warriors 10-9 in overtime last weekend at Elora.
Fergus led Oakville 3-2 at the end of the first period and 7-3 after the second.
Scott Stovel had a hat trick for the Thistles while Nick Aitchison and J.J. Swanston scored twice apiece. Jacob Hayne, Adam Lantz, Jacob Ristov, Brodie Schafer, Jordan Mueller and Cameron Angst added single goals. Lantz had five assists while Schafer, Aitchison and Stovel each had four and Carter Hyndman had two. Getting one apiece were Hayne, Angst, Ryan Litt and Alec Beaurogard.
Kevin Power scored two of the goals and he assisted on the other one scored by Michael Fabiano. Aiden Murray had two assists and Logan Fletcher and Zack Elliott had one each.
The Buzz had 11 players suited up for the game that was their season opener.
Fergus outshot Oakville 65-25 and also held the Buzz to one power-play goal on eight manpower advantages.
Tyson Reeves had 22 saves for the win in the Fergus net while Dante Mancini made 52 saves for Oakville.
The Thistles are to play a pair of road games this week as they’re to battle the Caledon Bandits (0-1-0) at Caledon Wednesday at 8 p.m. and the Barrie Bombers (1-0-0) at Barrie Saturday at 7 p.m.
Thistles 13 Buzz 3
1. Fergus, Jacob Hayne (Brodie Schafer) 8:47
2. Fergus, Adam Lantz (Brodie Schafer, Nick Aitchison) 10:43
3. Fergus, Jacob Ristov (Jacob Hayne, Scott Stovel) 15:41 sh
4. Oakville, Kevin Power (Aiden Murray) 18:15
5. Oakville, Michael Fabiano (Logan Fletcher, Kevin Power) 19:34
Penalties: Jeremy Goodwin Ferg (slashing), 1:20; Jacob Hayne Ferg (illegal cross checking), 2:50; Andrew Plummer Oak (roughing), Jeremy Goodwin Ferg (roughing), 13:47; Ryan Biggs Ferg (checking from behind double minor), 14:26; Bench Oak (too many men), 15:41.
6. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (Adam Lantz) 2:18
7. Fergus, J.J. Swanston (Adam Lantz, Brodie Schafer) 5:50
8. Fergus, J.J. Swanston (Adam Lantz, Scott Stovel) 11:01 pp
9. Fergus, Scott Stovel (Brodie Schafer, Carter Hyndman) 14:29 pp
10. Oakville, Kevin Power (Aiden Murray, Zack Elliott) 16:25 pp
Penalties: Kevin Power Oak (high sticking), 2:37; Eli McLeod Ferg (holding), 6:57; Kevin Power Oak (illegal cross checking), 9:21; Zack Elliott Oak (roughing), 13:03; J.J. Swanston Ferg (roughing), 16:12.
11. Fergus, Brodie Schafer (Nick Aitchison) 3:06
12. Fergus, Scott Stovel (Adam Lantz, Nick Aitchison) 3:43
13. Fergus, Scott Stovel (Cameron Angst, Ryan Litt) 7:06 pp
14. Fergus, Nick Aitchison (Scott Stovel, Carter Hyndman) 8:06 pp
15. Fergus, Jordan Mueller (Adam Lantz, Scott Stovel) 13:57 pp
16. Fergus, Cameron Angst (Nick Aitchison, Alec Beaurogard) 14:30 pp
Penalties: Kevin Power Oak (facemask major), Alec Beaurogard Ferg (roughing), 3:28; Hayden Brassard Ferg (interference), 4:34; Andrew Plummer Oak (slashing), 8:21; Kevin Power Oak (high sticking major, second major in game game misconduct), 10:23; Andrew Plummer Oak (facemask major), Michael Fabiano Oak (roughing), J.J. Swanston Ferg (facemask major), Nick Aitchison Ferg (roughing), 15:30; Scott Stovel Ferg (delay of game), 18:33.
Shots on Goal
Goalies: Dante Mancini (L, 65 shots-52 saves), Oakville; Tyson Reeves (W, 25 shots-22 saves), Fergus.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Oakville 1-8; Fergus 6-6.
- Guelph Sports Journal