By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
A big crowd at Ancaster’s Morgan Firestone Arena was treated to three periods of end-to-end Junior C hockey action as the Dundas Blues fell 4-3 to Chippawa after overtime and a shoot out, last Sunday.
Blues general manager Steve Aglor said the Ancaster crowd “was by far the biggest and loudest crowd the Blues have played in front of this year.”
After picking up three of a possible four points in their last two games of 2012 – including a 9-4 win over east division leading Glanbrook – Dundas enters the final month of regular season play aiming for third place to secure home ice advantage for the first round of playoffs.
The team has two wins and one overtime loss in their last three games – with a season record of 12 wins, 13 losses and four overtime losses. They have nine games left with 18-points up for grabs and enter January five points behind third place Chippawa.
“The Blues can determine their own destiny with the remainder of the schedule in a busy January,” Aglor said. “We mostly play the teams we are fighting with, sitting from third to fifth place.”
The Blues start that final push of the regular season on Thursday, Jan. 3 at home against second place Grimsby. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Dundas took early control of Sunday’s game in Ancaster. Brett Dell’s shorthanded goal and Brayden Knott’s even strength goal gave the Blues a two goal lead after one period. Matt Charbonneau and Mitch Reid assisted on the two goals respectively.
But in period two, Chippawa struck back – with two power play goals of their own.
Chippawa took the lead with a goal a minute and a half into the third period, then Dundas came back 12 minutes later to tie it back up on Derek Searle’s goal assisted by Brett Dell.
“The fans were entertained to a bit of everything, three periods of end to end action, five minutes of overtime plus a shoot out to determine the winner,” Aglor said, adding a big thank you to the Ancaster Minor Hockey Association for hosting the game.