By Craig Campbell, News Staff
A fourth straight victory briefly moved the Dundas Blues into sole possession of first place in the Niagara District Junior C Hockey League last week.
Thursday night’s 2-1 win over Grimsby gave Dundas a one-point margin over second place Chippawa, with a record of six wins, one loss in regulation and one loss in a shoot-out. It came one day after a 2-1 win over Glanbrook.
Blues goalie Brock Novak has made 86 saves and allowed just three goals in the past three games.
“It was a good week winning both games. Brock Novak in goal was the difference,” said general manager Steve Aglor.
By Monday, the Blues were sitting in second place, one point behind Hagersville with a couple of games in hand. Dundas rookie Cam McConnell opened the scoring late in the first period against Grimsby. An assist went to Greg Harley.
Branden Graffi scored a shorthanded goal for Dundas, assisted by Matt Johnson, late in the second frame to give Dundas a 2-0 lead.
Grimsby solved Novak with less than six minutes left the game, but the Blues held on for the one-goal margin of victory.
A night earlier Dundas topped Glanbrook by an identical 2-1 score.
This time, the opponent opened the scoring in the first period. But Blues leading scorer Kevin Jaczenko responded with a power-play goal, assisted by Nick McMullen.
Dundas’ Jason Campbell broke the tie, assisted by Patty McKay, with what ended up being the winning goal, after a completely scoreless third period.
On Oct. 10 against Dunnville, the Blues built a wider margin with a 4-1 win. Dundas goals were scored by Garret Incze, Thomas Dowling, McMullen and Jaczenko. Assists went to Aquin, McMullen, Jaczenko and Johnson (2).The Blues apparently aren’t taking the recent success sitting down. Aglor said they are looking to add players in the next week to make the team stronger.
“We are hoping a few changes can make the difference, with all the teams being so close,” he said.
The Blues host Hagersville Thursday, Oct. 24 at J.L. Grightmire Arena at 7 p.m