Hamilton Junior Red Wings have taken over first place in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League’s West Division. The Steel City team fashioned a 3-2 victory over the previous penthouse tenants, Brampton, on Monday night to go one point up on the capitals.
Hamilton now leads the division with a 36-6-2-2 record for 76 points while Brampton’s 36-7-1-2 mark gives the Capitals 75 points. Each team has with three games remaining in the regular season.
Oakville Blades sit in third place, two points back of Hamilton. The Blades have two games remaining and one of those is against Hamilton on Friday night in Oakville.
Monday night, the Capitals didn’t waste anytime letting Hamilton know they did not want to vacate the top spot. With just 40 seconds ticked off the clock, Spencer Anderson gave the visitors to the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena a quick 1-0 lead. But the Capitals may have peaked too soon.
Hamilton responded with three unanswered goals, two on the power play and one shorthanded, to take control of the game. Mike Galbraith, Matt Davis (shorthanded), and Kyle Jukosky gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead to take into the third period.
Defenceman Josh Van Dyke had two assists for Hamilton.
Jeff Terminesi, on the powerplay, got one back for Brampton but goalie Cam Talbot, who faced 40 shots on the night, held off the Capitals. The Red Wings fired 38 shots on Wyatt Russell.
After Friday’s game in Oakville, the Red Wings wrap up the regular season schedule with a home-and-home series against Georgetown on Saturday night and Monday (Feb. 5).
The Wings will play in Georgetown Saturday at the Mountain Arena on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.