Mississauga Chargers gave it the old college try, but it wasn’t enough to stop the red-hot Hamilton Junior Red Wings. Hamilton extended its Provincial Junior A Hockey League winning streak to eight games on Monday night, edging the Chargers 7-5.
With the win Hamilton moved into a second place tie with Oakville Blades, each with 44 points and four back of West Division leading Brampton Capitals.
Paced by Spencer Abbott’s three goals, which give him 19 on the year, Hamilton picked up its 20th win of the season and improved its home ice record to 11-1-1-1 at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena where 380 were on hand for Monday’s game against the seventh place Chargers.
Zac Rinaldo (4) and Frankie Grandits (22) completed the Red Wings scoring with a pair of goals each. Marc Hagel and Wes Consorti each had three assists for the Wings. Steve Mullin, who had one helper on Monday night, and Consorti are tied for fourth place in league scoring, each with 48 points while Abbott is ninth with 43 points.
Chargers and Wings were tied 2-2 after the first period and 4-4 after 40 minutes of play. The game finished with a flurry of three goals in less than two minutes. Rinaldo, who opened the third period scoring, netted his second at 16.28. At 17.21 Jesse Cook brought Mississauga to within one goal only to have Grandits score the insurance marker at 18.17.
Josh Dadic, James Bowen, Adam Bevilacqua, and Joe Christiano had the other Mississauga counters.
The Red Wings were good on two of seven powerplay opportunities while the Chargers could not capitalize on their 12 man advantage situations.
Hamilton’s defence flexed its muscle once again limited the visitors to just 18 shots on net, six in each period. Hamilton had 38 shots on net.
The Red Wings are idle until Dec. 4 when the Milton visit the Mountain Arena for a 7.30 p.m. game.