Three third-period goals carry the day for Welland


GOJHL_logoANCASTER — An on-again-off-again week culminated in a 4-2 loss for the Ancaster Avalanche to the Welland Junior Canadians Saturday (Feb. 8) in Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B hockey in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Tuesday night, the Avs were edged 5-4 by the St. Catharines Falcons, but bounced back with a decisive 7-3 win over the Niagara Falls Canucks Thursday night in the Firestone Arena.

Saturday they led the Canadians 2-1 after two periods only to have Welland rebound with three unanswered third period goals to earn the victory. Max Balinson and Ryan Lewis scored for Ancaster with Blake Luscombe assisting on both goals. Jeremy Hopkins, Bryan Komasara, and Adam Mataya scored within a four-minute span in the final period to seal the deal for Welland. Cole McKnight had Welland’s other goal.

Each team had 25 shots on net.

The loss combined with Thorold Blackhawks 3-2 victory over Fort Erie Meteors means that Welland sits in third place with 58 points, one point in front of Thorold. Ancaster remains in fifth with 21 wins, 18 losses and five overtime/shootout loses for 47 points.

Ancaster’s next action is Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:07 p.m. against the Blackhawks in the Thorold Arena.

The Avalanche now have just seven games in which to earn home-ice advantage for the playoffs. After Thursday’s game they take on the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Firestone Arena. They travel to Welland the next day to play the Junior Canadians in the Welland Arena at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21st 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. 22-23 against the Canucks and the Port Colborne Pirates.

SCORING SUMMARY

Period 1
Welland – Cole McKnight (Jeremy Hopkins, Damien Lalonde) 1:07
Ancaster – Max Balinson (Blake Luscombe, Aaron St Pierre) 16:50

Period 2
Ancaster – Ryan Lewis (Blake Luscombe) 16:45

Period 3
Welland – Jeremy Hopkins (Connor Walters, Brayden Stortz) 9:55
Welland – Bryan Komasara (Adam Mataya) 10:36
Welland – Adam Mataya (Matthew Mateljan, Bryan Komasara) 12:15

PENALTIES

Period 1
Welland – Matt Cuglietta – (Holding) 2 MIN, 2:26
Ancaster – Marcus Baird – (Hooking) 2 MIN, 4:40
Welland – Tyler Stranges – (Slashing) 2 MIN, 7:38
Welland – Connor Walters – (Holding) 2 MIN, 8:29
Ancaster – Cole Nagy – (Roughing) (RO) 2 MIN, 11:14

Period 2
Ancaster – Cole Nagy – (High Sticking) 2 MIN, 5:08
Welland – Jimmy Sheehan – (Interference) 2 MIN, 6:11
Ancaster – Harrison Domagala – (Slashing) 2 MIN, 8:01
Welland – Matt Cuglietta – (Checking from Behind) 2 MIN, 18:34
Welland – Matt Cuglietta – (Checking from Behind, Game Misconduct), 18:34

Period 3
Welland – Connor Walters – (Hooking) 2 MIN, 7:22
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly – (Tripping) 2 MIN, 11:02
Ancaster – Max Balinson – (Hooking) 2 MIN, 15:57
Welland – Adam Barron – (Holding) 2 MIN, 16:48