Zupan sets club speed scoring record


Ancaster-Avs Ancaster Avalanche got off to a quick start as Luke Zupan scored the club’s fastest goal from the start of a game when he beat Thorold Blackhawks netminder Brendan Polasek 16 seconds into Saturday’s (Jan. 18) Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B Hockey game in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Ancaster went on to build a 2-0 lead, but had its hands full as Thorold battled back only to drop a 6-5 decision to the Avalanche when Blackhawks goalkeeper Ian Shorthouse was caught behind his net trying to clear the puck out of his own end.

Ancaster scoring leader Zach Nieminen jumped on the loose puck and drilled a shot past Shorthouse as he dove frantically to block the shot.

Last night’s game was the first of two for Ancaster this weekend. Sunday night they play the Welland Junior Canadians at 7 p.m. in the Welland Arena.

Ancaster hold down fifth place with a record of 19 wins, 12 losses and 5 overtime-shootout losses. Thorold is third with a 24-14-2 record while Welland is fourth with a record of 20-14-4.

In addition to Nieminen, Chris Klack scored three times and assisted on another goal. Zupan added a goal and two assists, and Brett Farrelly rounded the scoring with a single goal.

Scoring summary

Period 1
1) Ancaster – Luke Zupan (Christopher Klack, Zach Nieminen) 0:16
2) Ancaster – Christopher Klack (Luke Zupan, Eric Eustace) 1:53
3) Thorold – Joe Mitchell (Michael Sharp, Matt Pizzo) 8:47

Penalties
Thorold – Kevin Millejours – (Cross Checking) 2:32
Thorold – Kevin Millejours – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 2:32
Ancaster – Harrison Domagala – (Holding Stick) 2:32
Ancaster – Jake Bain – (Hooking) 3:43
Thorold – Joe Mitchell – (Holding Stick) 3:43
Ancaster – Christopher Klack – (Interference) 14:53
Thorold – Ed Pizzo – (Bench / Coach) (Bench Minor) 20:00

Period 2
4) Ancaster – Brett Farrelly (Jake Milligan, Cole Nagy) 5:40
5) Thorold – Michael Sharp (power play) (Owen Sobchak, Kevin Lavoie) 15:06
6) Thorold – Kevin Lavoie (Ryan Sarris, Owen Sobchak) 16:28
7) Ancaster – Christopher Klack (Ryan Lewis, Harrison Domagala) 17:29
8) Thorold – Kevin Lavoie (power play) (Owen Sobchak) 19:26

Penalties
Ancaster – Dustin Chenier – (Interference) 2:46
Ancaster – Ryan Knill – (Tripping) 14:10
Ancaster – Michael Pollice – (Checking from Behind) 5 MIN, 16:02
Ancaster – Michael Pollice – (Checking from Behind) (Game Misconduct) 16:02
Thorold – Dylan Burdick – (Slashing) 16:02

Period 3
9) Thorold – Michael Sharp (power play) (Owen Sobchak, Kevin Lavoie) 0:56
10) Ancaster – Christopher Klack (Marcus Baird, Zach Nieminen) 2:57
11) Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (Luke Zupan, Christopher Klack) 17:18

Penalties
Ancaster – Christopher Klack – (Head Contact) 5:35
Ancaster – Christopher Klack – (Head Contact) (Misconduct) 10 MIN, 5:35
Thorold – Owen Sobchak – (Roughing) 19:11