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Avs comes back to beat Thorold for second game in a row

By Bernd Franke, Postmedia News

No one can accuse the Thorold Blackhawks of watching the clock, not with four overtime games on their record so far this season.

 

On Thursday, the visiting Ancaster Avalanche scored three unanswered goals for 3-2 victory moving into a tie with the St. Catharines Falcons for second in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horseshoe Conference.

A loss dropping the fifth-place ’Hawks to 8-10-1-2 in league play was Thorold’s second extra-time loss in a row to Ancaster. Last Saturday the Avalanche scored a 2-1 come-from-behind victory, also in double overtime.

In the latest meeting in head-to-head play Spencer Blackwell scored two goals staking the hosts to a 2-0 lead 3:40 into the game.

Dawson McKinney cut the deficit to one goal late in the first period, and Ancaster’s Matthew Bridgwater made it a two-all game 11:29 into the middle frame.

Bridgwater also netted the game winner finding the back of the net with 1:15 remaining in the second extra period.

Ancaster outshot the ’Hawks 49-39 as it rebounded from a 4-3 loss to the Welland Jr. Canadians to improve to 14-4.

Thorold finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play; the Avalanche, 0-for-3.

Both teams return to the ice today. Thorold visits the Fort Erie Meteors for a 7:15 p.m. faceoff, and Ancaster is home to St. Catharines, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tonight’s other game in the Golden Horseshoe has the Niagara Falls Canucks in Caledonia for a 7:30 puck drop against the Corvairs.

Player moves

Goaltender Jukka Schotter, who attended Niagara IceDogs training camp, is one of the newest members of the Jr. Canadians.

Welland acquired the rights to the 16-year-old London, Ont., native from the London Nationals of the Western Conference.

Also joinning the Jr. Canadians is defenceman Erik Nelson, 18, whose rights were acquired from Caledonia.

Forward Romaeo D’Intino, 19, has rejoined the Falcons after starting the season in Wyoming with the Casper Coyotes of the Western States Hockey League.

Pelham has picked up forward Kurt Villani, 20, from the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, while Ancaster has added forward Adam Meijer, 19, formerly with the junior C Lakefield Chiefs, to its roster.

 

 

 



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