Buffalo Regals buried by Avalanche


Ancaster-AvsANCASTER – Team scoring leader Zach Nieminen had two goals and Luke Zupan added a single marker and had two assists to pace the Ancaster Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the last place Buffalo Regals in Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference action Saturday night (Dec. 28) in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Avalanche, and moved the club into fourth place in GHC with 18 wins, 10 losses and five overtime-shootout losses for 41 points. Buffalo is 1-32-1 after 34 games.

Next action for Ancaster is Friday, Jan. 10 when they play the Niagara Falls Canucks at 7:30 p.m. in the Gale Centre. Their next home game is against the St. Catharines Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Firestone Arena. Game time will be 7:30 p.m.

Nieminen’s two goals moved him to within eight points of second place Connor Murphy of the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs in the GHC scoring race. Nieminen has 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points. Murphy has 63 points.

Eric Eustace, Michael Pollice, and Max Balinson (shorthanded) rounded out the Avalanche scoring. Ancaster is fifth in the GHC in terms of shorthanded goals with six and third in the GHC in power play success with a 22.78 % after 33 games.

Chris Moses, with a pair of goals, and Nick Matos replied for the Regals.

Scoring summary

Period 1
Ancaster – Eric Eustace (Dustin Chenier) 1:14
Buffalo – Christopher Moses (Michael Faliero, Nicholas Matos) 3:01
Buffalo – Christopher Moses (Michael Faliero, Stephen Schulz) 4:40

Penalties
Ancaster – Marcus Baird – (Slashing) 2 MIN, 11:54

Period 2
Ancaster – Michael Pollice (Dustin Chenier) 1:39
Ancaster – Max Balinson (short handed) (Cole Nagy) 2:58
Ancaster – Luke Zupan (Aaron St Pierre, Ryan Lewis) 19:15

Penalties
Ancaster – Hayden Guitard – (High Sticking) 2 MIN, 1:56
Ancaster – Cole Nagy – (Cross Checking) 2 MIN, 7:09
Ancaster – Marcus Baird – (Fighting) (Major) 5 MIN, 10:27
Ancaster – Marcus Baird – (Fighting) (Game Misconduct) 10:27
Buffalo – Justin Andriaccio – (Fighting (Instigator) 2 MIN, 10:27
Buffalo – Justin Andriaccio – (Fighting) (Major) 5 MIN, 10:27
Buffalo – Justin Andriaccio – (Fighting) (Game Misconduct) 10:27
Buffalo – Jordan Matos – (Butt-Ending) (Double Minor) 4 MIN, 10:58
Ancaster – Hayden Guitard – (Fighting) (Major) 5 MIN, 16:29
Ancaster – Hayden Guitard – (Fighting) (Game Misconduct) 16:29
Buffalo – Jeff Avoilo – (Cross Checking) 2 MIN, 16:29
Buffalo – Jeff Avoilo – (Fighting) (Major) 5 MIN, 16:29
Buffalo – Jeff Avoilo – (Fighting) (Game Misconduct) 16:29

Period 3
Buffalo – Nicholas Matos (power play) (Michael Faliero) 1:23
Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (Luke Zupan, Jake Bain) 12:44
Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (empty net) (Luke Zupan, Christopher Klack) 18:53

Penalties
Ancaster – Alex Panov – (High Sticking) 2 MIN, 0:19
Ancaster – Dustin Chenier – (Slashing) 2 MIN, 15:52