What a game!
The Glanbrook Rangers traveled to the Grightmire to take on the Dundas Blues in the teams’ third meeting of the season, dubbed the ‘Battle of Hamilton,’ and the teams put on a classic performance. In a goal heavy game, Glanbrook came from behind to win the Niagara District Junior C Hockey League game, 8-7.
After a rather uneventful first period – in contrast to the rest of the game – the score sat tied at 1-1 going into the second frame. Kevin Matthews scored first for Glanbrook at 7:58 to give the Rangers the lead followed exactly two minutes later by Mitch Moriarity, who scored short handed for Dundas
The second period produced a flurry of goals, with 10 being dished out between the two teams. Curtis Edwards and David Ferritto added goals for Glanbrook at 0:19 and 2:59 respectively to give Glanbrook a 3-1 lead.
The next goal, by Andrew Solow of the Blues, came at 12:31, and was the first of eight goals in eight minutes. Dundas would tie the game 3-3 thanks to a power play goal by Brett Dell. Then, just 12 seconds later Jeremy Malott scored for Glanbrook to give the Rangers the lead once again.
Dundas then scored four goals in three minutes to take a wide 7-4 lead over the Rangers. Braxton Andrews, Kevin Jaczenko, Andrew Solow and Derek Searle scored for the Blues. Then, just 40 seconds after the final Dundas goal in the period, Anthony Sanelli gave Glanbrook one last point on the scoreboard to end the period 7-5 in favor of Dundas.
The third period would belong to Glanbrook as Dundas was held scoreless while Glanbrook would add another three goals. Nicholas Dozzi, Ferritto and Matthews scored for the Rangers in the third.
In the loss, the Blues scored more goals than in any previous game this season and more goals than their last three games combined. The Blues drop to 9-12 and fourth in the division.
With the victory the Rangers extended their winning streak to 10 games. The team hasn’t lost since Oct. 26th. The game also marked the most goals Glanbrook has scored in any game this season. The Rangers improved to 18-1-1, good enough for second in the division.
Next up, Dundas will visit Alymer on Sunday while Glanbrook will host Dunnville on Wednesday (Dec.7).
Battle of Hamilton Round 4 will move back to Glanbrook one week from Wednesday on Dec. 14.