ANCASTER – Brett Farrelly scored twice and set up another goal as Ancaster Avalanche defeated Guelph Hurricanes, 5-3, in the Hespeler Arena on Friday (Aug. 30). It was the second game of a home-and-home Greater Ontario Junior B Hockey League pre-season series with Guelph.
The victory gave the Avs (formerly the Stoney Creek Warriors) a split with the Hurricanes and a 4-3 Golden Horseshoe Conference pre-season record. The Avalanche now head into their inaugural regular season home opener against the Buffalo Blades in the Morgan Firestone Arena on Saturday (Sept. 7) at 7:30 p.m.
The Avalanche will play each of the other eight teams in the conference three times at home.
The conference consists of the Blades, Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs, Fort Erie Meteors, Niagara Falls Canucks, Port Colborne Pirates, St. Catharines Falcons, Thorold Blackhawks, Welland Junior Canadians, and the Avalanche.
“We were okay in the first game, but we ran into penalty trouble, and three of our veteran players were ejected,” said general manager and coach Ryan Kuwabara.
“That gave me the chance to see a lot of young guys play in game situations they would not ordinarily be in had our veterans not been ejected. I liked how well we competed, and it gave me the opportunity to see all the little things we need to work on before the season begins.
“In the second game, we played better just by keeping things simple and getting pucks to the net while our players went to the net looking for tip ins or rebounds. I am definitely looking forward to a good start to the season on Saturday and for everyone to work hard to earn the victory.”
Friday at Guelph, Blake Luscombe also had a three-point night for the Avalanche with a goal and two assists while Elijah Williams and Aleksander Panov added one each Panov’s goal proved to be the game-winner. Matt Lippa, Craig Martini, and Ian Chan replied for the Hurricanes.
Last Thursday in the Firestone Arena, Lucas Pozzobon’s powerplay goal off the goalpost at 19:59 of the second period carried Guelph Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over Ancaster.
Season Tickets are now on sale. Special season-long reserved seating is being offered for adults at $150, and $75 for children, students, and seniors. Single game pricing is $8 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors.
For a full schedule, season ticket order forms, and sponsorship and advertising information, visit www.ancasteravalanche.ca