It took a 16-year-old goaltender to snap Hamilton Red Wings win streak at 11 games on Monday night.
While Oakville Blades netminder Matt Hoyle faced only 22 shots, he backstopped his team to a 4-0 blanking of the Wings in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League game played at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena. It was the first time the Hamilton side had been shutout this season and it was Red Wings’ goalie Cam Talbot’s first regulation setback in this campaign. Talbot, who was tested 19 times, has 14 of the Wings 23 wins.
Oakville, holding down first place in the OPJHL’s West Division, picked up its 11th straight win to move six points ahead of third-place Hamilton (56-50) while Brampton Capitals are second with 53 points.
Oakville got goals from Nick McParland, Brent Clarke, Domenic Monardo, and Daniel Calitri. Jordan Ogilvie had two assists for the Blades. Two of the goals, Clarke’s and Calitri’s, came on two of the 14 powerplay chances Oakville enjoyed. Hamilton failed to capitalize on its nine powerplays.
Oakville had period leads of 2-0 and 4-0 as the teams skated to a scoreless final period.
Hamilton visits Burlington on Friday to play the Cougars at Central Arena. Gametime is 7.30.
Monday’s game also saw the return of forward Kyle Jukosky. The 18-year-old native of Ridgeway, Ont., played a season and a half in the Ontario Major Junior league with the Belleville Bulls (55 games) and the Ottawa 67s (11 games) and in the Quebec Major Junior league with the Gatineau Olympiques (one game).
The 5-8, 190-pound centre comes back to the Red Wings as a five-year junior hockey veteran, having played two years underage in Junior B. He joined the Red Wings as a 16-year-old in 2004 and scored 19 goals.