Hamilton Junior Red Wings could find themselves sharing first place in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League’s West Division after tonight’s (Monday’s) game against the visiting Buffalo Junior Sabres.
The third place Red Wings, who blanked the Sabres 7-0 in West Seneca, N.Y., on Saturday night, trailed division leading Oakville Blades by two points (68-66). The Blades are idle tonight but play the Milton Icehawks on Tuesday night. Second place Brampton Capitals have 67 points and play last place Bramalea Blues, who have one win after 40 games, on Tuesday night.
The record-setting Red Wings have won their last eight games and 19 of their last 20 outings. When they beat Streetsville Derbys on Friday night, the club set a West Division record by hitting 30 regular season wins for the sixth straight year.
On Saturday night, Hamilton was in complete control of the game. firing 48 shots at Sabres starting netminder Chris Keller and John Dolman who relieved him midway in the second period. The score was 5-0 at the time.
Kyle Jukosky and Spencer Abbott each had two goals for the Red Wings. Luke Watson, Corey Stringer and Wes Consorti had singles for the Wings. Stringer also had a pair of assists for a three-point night while Watson and Consorti each picked up one helper for multiple point nights.
Eric Crawford, playing in his 18th game, registered his second shutout of the season and 14th win.
Against Streetsville, Jukosky had two goals to pace the 6-2 win. Spencer Abbott, Mike Galbraith, Stringer (and an assist) and Ben Heaphy had one apiece as Hamilton took period leads of 2-1 and 3-1. Steve Mullin, Watson, and Dustin Alcock each had two assists for the victors.
Brent Morrison and Leonardo Ancona replied for Streetsville.
Crawford stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced while his counterpart Nunzio Presta stopped 29 of the 35 shots he saw.
Tonight’s game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena is scheduled to start at 7.30 p.m.