Weekend junior hockey roundup
The Niagara IceDogs broke open a close game with three goals in the second period en route to a 6-1 victory over the visiting North Bay Battalion in Ontario Hockey League action.
Niagara received goals from six players: Ivan Lodnia, Oliver Castleman, Kirill Maksimov, Matthew Philip, Billy Constantinou and Bradey Johnson. Philip Tomasino added three assists and was a plus-four.
Justin Brazeu replied for the Battalion.
Colton Incze kicked out 26 shots in net to earn the win.
The IceDogs, 3-1, are home to Sudbury Thursday and at Mississauga Friday.
Canucks 8 Junior Canadians 7
The Niagara Falls Canucks raced out to a 7-1 lead and then had to hang on as the Junior Canadians rallied with five goals in the third period.
Mitch Mendonca led the Canucks with three goals while former Junior Canadian Ryan Donovan added a pair. Patrick McCabe and Ben Evans chipped in with singles.
Alex Page paced Welland with two goals while singles came off the sticks of James Hruska, Aaron Chiarot, Jacob Thomason, Jason Horvat and Quinn Chevers.
The Canucks improved to 7-0 while the Junior Canadians fell to 2-4.
Panthers 5 Meteors 2
The Pelham Panthers improved to 6-1 with a win over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors.
Adam Scholz, Devon Saunders, Lyall Shaw, Mack Honchar and Brodie Thoms scored for the Panthers.
Evan Miller and Michael Fazio replied for the Meteors, who fell to 1-5.
The Meteors also dropped a 4-3 decision at home to the Hamilton Kilty B’s Saturday.
TJ. Hughes, Marino Moro, Luke Croucher and Anthony Pinelli scored for Hamilton, which improved to 5-1.
Luca Marcellitti, Alex McAteer and Drew Passero scored for the Meteors.
The Niagara Riverhawks dropped their first games of the season, a 4-0 decision to the visiting Glanbrook Rangers, followed by a 4-1 loss at Grimsby in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.
The Riverhawks are now 3-2.
Thursday night in Niagara, Warren Lament made 25 saves to record the shutout for Glanbrook.
“They are a very good team and we didn’t come prepared to play tonight. We need to be better,” Riverhawks coach Tim Barath said.
Glanbrook outshot the Riverhawks 41-25 overall with Dylan Matos making 37 saves in the loss for the Riverhawks
Friday in Grimsby, the Riverhawks had a good start scoring first when Tyler Langlais opened the scoring. The Riverhawks took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Peach Kings scored two unanswered goals in the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Dorion Maye scored twice in the third period including a shorthanded goal to round out the scoring.
“I thought we played a good game but we need to work on the details and play a full 60 minutes,” Barath said. “When you play the teams in the upper echelon of the league, you can’t afford to take any shifts off.”
Grimsby outshout the Riverhawks 32 -15 overall with Matt Boere making 28 saves.
The Riverhawks return to action Thursday when they host the Hespeler Shamrocks on minor hockey night at the Gale Centre. All kids wearing their jersey will be admitted free and accompanying adults $5.
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