ANCASTER—Cole Nagy’s unassisted shorthanded goal seven seconds into the second period proved to be the game winner as the Ancaster Avalanche downed the Niagara Falls Canucks, 7-3, in Thursday’s (Feb. 6) Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B hockey game in the Morgan Firestone Arena.
With the victory, Ancaster moves a step closer to securing home ice advantage for the GHC playoffs. The Avalanche are fifth with 21 wins, 16 losses and five overtime shootout losses while Niagara Falls slips further back to sixth place with 21 wins and 21 losses. Welland Junior Canadians, whom the Avalanche play on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Firestone, hold down fourth with a record of 23-14-6 for 52 points.
In addition to Nagy, Blake Luscombe picked up a goal and two assists, while Ryan Lewis added a pair of goals. Eric Eustace, Dustin Chenier, and Brett Farrelly added single goals for the Avs. Chenier and Farrelly set up a goal each while Luke Zupan and Spencer Leenders had two assists apiece.
Johnny Curran had two goals and an assist for Niagara Falls. Mitch McIntosh added a goal and an assist.
The Avalanche now have just seven games in which to earn home-ice advantage for the playoffs.
After Saturday’s game, they play the Thorold Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Thorold Arena. Saturday, Feb. 15 they take on the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs in the Firestone Arena before travelling to Welland, the next day, to play the Junior Canadians in the Welland Arena.
Friday, Feb. 21 finds them in the Gaylord Powless Arena to play the Corvairs at 7:30 p.m. Following that, they wind up the regular season schedule with back-to-back games on Feb. 22 and 23 against the Canucks and the Port Colborne Pirates. The game against Colborne is the re-scheduled match from Saturday, Dec. 14 when severe weather conditions forced the postponement.