Junior hockey roundup: Riverhawks edge Hagersville; Blackhawks top Meteors
Matt Boere made 47 saves to lead the Niagara Riverhawks to a 3-2 win Thursday.
The Niagara Riverhawks snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-2 win over the Hagersville Hawks Thursday night at the Gale Centre in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.
After falling behind 1-0 after one period, the Riverhawks scored two goals in the second as Karl Lavoie and Dante Massi scored 22 seconds apart. Hagersville then scored their second power-play goal of the night to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Massi scored his second of the game and the game winner as he finished off a nice two-on-one pass from Nick Volpatti at the 8:05 mark of the third.
Riverhawks coach Tim Barath was pleased with his team’s overall effort.
“It was a hard fought game all over the ice. There wasn’t a lot of room out there and Matt (Boere) made some big saves for us when we needed it,” he said. “We need to get our power play going. We move it around well but just need to get some more shots and net traffic.”
Hagersville outshot the Riverhawks 49-37, including an 18-8 margin in the third period.
The Riverhawks return to action this weekend for a rare Saturday night home game versus the Hamilton Jr Blues. It is Minor Hockey night. All minor hockey players wearing their jersey are admitted free with accompanying adults $5. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Thorold Blackhawks inched closer to the .500 mark with a 4-1 win over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors Thursday night at Thorold Arena.
The victory improves Thorold’s record to 8-11-1 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action.
The Meteors dropped to 4-16-0-1.
Following a scoreless first period, the Hawks got on the board in the second on goals by Owen Allan and Trevor Neumann.
Luca Mazzo scored early in the third for the Meteors to cut the deficit to 2-1 before Brendan Charlton and Nick Gidney added singles.
Chase Grsic made 27 saves in goal for the Hawks to earn the win.
The Blackhawks visit Pelham Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and play host to Welland next Thursday.
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