Junior hockey roundup: IceDogs top Colts; Peach Kings edge Riverhawks
The Niagara IceDogs got back on the winning track Thursday with a convincing 7-2 victory over the visiting Barrie Colts.
The IceDogs improved to 4-2-1 in Ontario Hockey League action with the win.
Niagara jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and extended their lead to 6-0 after two.
Akil Thomas paced Niagara with two goals and three assists while Kirill Maksimov added two goals and two assists. Ben Jones, Kyen Sopa and Oliver Castleman chipped in with singles while Ivan Lodnia had three assists.
Tyler Tucker and Peter Fleming replied for the Colts.
Stephen Dhillon made 37 saves in goal for the win.
The IceDogs are at Barrie Saturday, Sudbury Sunday and Erie next Wednesday. They are home to Ottawa Thursday and Windsor Friday next week.
PEACH KINGS TOP RIVERHAWKS
The Niagara Riverhawks dropped a 6-4 decision to the Grimsby Peach Kings Thursday night in Provincial Junior Hockey League action at the Gale Centre.
The Riverhawks played one of their best first periods of the season and took a 2-1 lead 20 minutes. After Grimsby opened the scoring on their first shot on net at the 1:23 mark, the Riverhawks rebounded with a goals by Jacob Saddler and Bailey Pritchard.
The second period belonged to Grimsby as the Peach Kings score three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The newest Riverhawk and former Peach King, Derek Pymont, scored on a power play early in the third to cut the lead to one before Grimsby regained the two goal lead midway through the period.
Pymont’s second of the night cut the Grimsby lead to 5-4 before Grimsby’s Brady Cranwell sealed the win with an empty net goal.
Pymont finished the night with four points against his former team.
“We played a great first period and not so good second and our third was good as well but we need to play a full 60 minutes, especially against a good team like Grimsby,” Riverhawks head coach Tim Barath said.
The Riverhawks outshot Grimsby 41-38 overall with Dylan Matos making 32 saves in the loss.
The Riverhawks travel to Hagersville Saturday followed by a Sunday matinee (2:30 p.m.) game in Hamilton. They return home next Thursday when they host winless Dunnville Mudcats.
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