Burst of goals sends Meteors to the showers


Ancaster-AvsANCASTER—Three quick goals in less than three minutes and it was all over for the Fort Erie Meteors Thursday night (Nov. 21) as they fell 6-0 to the Ancaster Avalanche in Greater Ontario Junior B Hockey League Golden Horseshoe Conference action in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Ancaster holds down fifth place in the group with 11 wins, eight losses, and five overtime-shootout losses for 27 points, while the Meteors are eighth with a record of 4-15-3 in 22 games.

Zach Nieminen paced the Avalanche attack with three goals and two assists with Eric Eustace, Luke Zupan, and Brett Farrelly adding single goals. Harrison Domagala set up three scoring plays while Jake Bain assisted on two others. Braydon Banitsiotis, in goal for the Avs, faced 34 shots in earning the shutout.

The Avalanche now head to Fort Erie, Saturday night (Nov. 23) for a return engagement with the Meteors at 7:15 p.m. in the Leisure Plex. Next Friday, they play the Port Colborne Pirates in the West Side Arena at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for one of their biggest nights of the year.

Saturday, Nov. 30 will be “National Hockey League Night” in the Firestone Arena featuring Hamilton native and former NHLer Steve Staios, who will drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs. The Buffalo Blades furnish the opposition in a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the Avalanche.

Ancaster Avalanche season ticket flex packs are $150 for adults and $75 for children, students, and seniors. Single game tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors and can be at the Morgan Firestone Arena.

For a full schedule, season ticket order forms, and sponsorship and advertising information, visit www.ancasteravalanche.ca

SUMMARY

First period

Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (Harrison Domagala, Jake Bain) 7:18
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly (extra attacker) (Zach Nieminen, Harrison Domagala) 7:59
Ancaster – Eric Eustace (Dustin Chenier, Alex Panov) 8:50.

Penalties

Fort Erie – Sam Quaranta – (Head Contact) (CTH), 2 MIN, 7:59
Fort Erie – Sam Quaranta – (Head Contact) (Misconduct) (M71), 10 MIN, 7:59

Second period

No scorings

Penalties

Ancaster – Ryan Lewis – (High Sticking) (HS), 2 MIN, 2:06
Ancaster – Harrison Domagala – (Hooking) (HKG), 2 MIN, 6:39
Ancaster – Blake Luscombe – (Holding) (HO), 2 MIN, 10:01
Ancaster – Ryan Lewis – (Checking from Behind) (GM50), 2 MIN, 16:37
Ancaster – Ryan Lewis – (Checking from Behind) (Game Misconduct) (GM50/51), 0 MIN, 16:37
Fort Erie – Chris Johnstone – (Delay of Game) (Bench Minor) (DG), 2 MIN, 20:00

Third period

Ancaster – Luke Zupan (power play) (Zach Nieminen, Blake Luscombe) 0:36
Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (power play) (Harrison Domagala, Jake Bain) 8:55
Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (Ryan Knill, Marcus Baird) 17:04

Penalties

Fort Erie – Josh Micallef – (Slashing) (SL), 2 MIN, 8:01
Fort Erie – Nik Passero – (High Sticking) (HS), 2 MIN, 8:55
Ancaster – Elijah Williams – (Slashing) (SL), 2 MIN, 11:06
Ancaster – Blake Luscombe – (Hooking) (HKG), 2 MIN, 18:26