It was the Frankie Grandits-Wes Consorti Travelling Show and it made a stop in Burlington Friday night. The Burlington Cougars wished the Hamilton Junior Red Wings pair had travelled a little farther down than road rather than visiting Central Arena.
Grandits scored a pair of goals (including the winner), Consorti assisted on both of them and added one of his own as the Red Wings packed a 4-2 Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League win into their dufflebags. Not to be outdone Steve Mullen scored an unassisted shorthanded marker for the Wings which took the wind out of the Cougars.
Consorti leads the Wings in goals with eight and Mullen tops the team’s scoring list with 14 points.
Consorti’s unassisted effort with 50 seconds in the opening stanza gave the visitors a 1-0 lead to take into their dressing room. Hamilton opened the scoring at the 19:10 mark of the first period to take the 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 1 period.
But the sandwich period was just seconds past the midway point and the Wings found themselves trailing 2-1 after Jordan Gray, with Sean Wilson’s assist, and Brent Vandenburg gave the Cougars the lead at 10:02 unassisted. At 15:57 the Red Wings evened the score on a power play and the teams went into the dressing rooms knotted at 2-2. Grandits gave Hamilton the lead at 11:53 of the final period on another power play and just under three minutes later, Consorti’s short handed marker completed the scoring.
The win puts Hamilton in third place in the West Division with 13 points, six back of Brampton but the Blues have played two more games. Hamilton trails second place Georgetown by one point but that should change tonight. The Raiders and Wings play tonight in Georgetown.
Cougars dropped to fifth place with nine points. They visit Buffalo today for a game against the Jr. Sabres.