By LarryRobertson, Special to The News
Consistency has been the enemy of the Ancaster Avalanche recently, and it continued over the weekend as the Avs lost 3-2 in overtime Friday night to the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs and 6-2 to the Thorold Blackhawks Saturday in Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B hockey action at Morgan Firestone Arena.
Last Friday, Ancaster was edged in overtime by the first-place Corvairs after the Avalanche had taken a 2-0 lead. Luke Zupan and Jake Milligan scored twice within 24 seconds and set the Corvairs back on their heals. Zupan connected on a powerplay at 5:15 and Milligan added an even-strength goal nine seconds later.
Caledonia rallied and tied the score in the middle period. The game remained scoreless until Kyler Nixon connected for the overtime game-winner. Despite the fact the Avs were outshot 43-24, the team held its own against the Corvairs.
On Saturday night, Thorold took a 2-0 first-period lead and never looked back. Ancaster’s Michael Pollice narrowed the count to 2-1 in the second period, but that was as close as they could get.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t been as consistent as I would like,” said general manager and coach Ryan Kuwabara.“We seem to have one really good game, and then the next night we come out flat.
“It definitely is frustrating for the coaching staff because we know that we can win each game if we play like we can.”
Over the season, the Avs have lost five games in either overtime or overtime shootouts. Ancaster holds down fourth place with seven wins, six losses and five overtime/shootout losses.
Ancaster’s Zach Nieminen is currently in fourth in scoring with 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points.
Next action for Ancaster is against the Welland Canadians on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Firestone Arena. The Avalanche will then play the Canucks on Nov. 8 before returning home to meet Caledonia onSaturday, Nov. 9. Game time is 7:30 p.m.