Ancaster’s rally falls short of the mark


Ancaster-AvsANCASTER — MacKenzie Wood scored twice, once on a powerplay and the other in the shootout as Niagara Falls Canucks edged the Ancaster Avalanche, 3-2, Saturday (Feb. 22) on Fan Appreciation night in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Cole Vinnai added the other Niagara Falls goal. Zach Nieminen and Blake Luscombe replied for Ancaster, both powerplay goals, in the third period.

The loss leaves the Avalanche in sixth place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference standings with one game remaining. Ancaster has 23 wins, 19 losses and six overtime-shootout losses for 52 points in 48 games.

Ancaster was outshot 34-26

The Avalanche’s game with Port Colborne Pirates which was postponed on Saturday, Dec. 14, because of severe weather conditions will be played on Sunday (Feb. 23) at 3:30 p.m. in the Firestone Arena.

SCORING SUMMARY

Period 1
(no scoring)

Penalties
None

Period 2
Niagara Falls – MacKenzie Wood (power play) (Johnny Curran, Marcus Michalski) 7:29
Niagara Falls – Cole Vinnai (Billy Saxton, Marcus Michalski) 13:03

Penalties
Niagara Falls – Tory McLean – (Inciting an opponent, misconduct) 10 MIN, 6:08
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly – (Fighting major) 5 MIN, 6:37
Niagara Falls – Frank Nemeth – (Fighting major) 5 MIN, 6:37
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly – (Fighting, game misconduct) 6:37
Niagara Falls – Frank Nemeth – (Fighting, game misconduct) 6:37
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly – (Roughing) 2 MIN, 6:37
Ancaster – Brett Farrelly – (Playing without Helmet, gross misconduct) 6:37
Niagara Falls – Frank Nemeth – (Roughing) 2 MIN, 6:37
Ancaster – Eric Eustace – (Hooking) 2 MIN, 7:23
Ancaster – Max Balinson – (Head Contact) 2 MIN, 17:05
Ancaster – Max Balinson – (Head Contact, misconduct) 10 MIN, 17:49

Period 3
Ancaster – Zach Nieminen (power play) (Harrison Domagala, Blake Luscombe) 5:15
Ancaster – Blake Luscombe (power play) (Harrison Domagala) 8:38

Penalties
Ancaster – Cole Nagy – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 2 MIN, 1:16
Niagara Falls – Cole Langan – (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) 2 MIN, 1:16
Niagara Falls – Austin Wright – (Hooking) 2 MIN, 4:58
Niagara Falls – Chris Harpur – (Checking from behind, major) 5 MIN, 6:34
Niagara Falls – Chris Harpur – (Checking from behind, game misconduct) 6:34
Ancaster – Dustin Chenier – (Roughing after Whistle) 2 MIN, 6:34
Ancaster – Eric Eustace – (Roughing) 2 MIN, 11:26
Ancaster – Luke Zupan – (High Sticking) 2 MIN, 12:00
Ancaster – Luke Zupan – (Head Contact) 2 MIN, 18:27
Ancaster – Luke Zupan – (Head Contact, misconduct) 10 MIN, 18:27

Overtime
(no scoring)

Shootout
Niagara Falls: MacKenzie Wood, yes; Johnny Curran, no; Cole Vinnai, yes.
Ancaster: Blake Luscombe, no; Zach Nieminen, no.