By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Dundas Blues enter the Niagara District Junior C hockey league playoffs, Monday, on a hot streak they may need to overcome a season-long nemesis.
The Blues won their last four straight regular season games – including two against first round opponent Chippawa. The Riverhawks won the regular season series against Dundas, three games to two, but the Blues enter the postseason with an apparent edge.
Game one is set for Monday night, February 3, in Chippawa. The series moves to Dundas’ J.L. Grightmire Arena for Game Two on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and back to Chippawa for Game Three on Thursday Feb. 6.
While Chippawa won the first three regular season meetings between the two squads, Dundas gained its footing with a 2-1 win in overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 28 Down 1-0, the Blues tied it up on Dan Pelosini’s goal, assisted by Alex Aquin and Garret Incze. Alex Panov scored the winner in overtime assisted by Thomas Dowling and Tyler Jones.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the two teams closed out the regular season together. For the first time in five regular season meeting, Dundas seemed in total control.
Down 1-0 again to start, goals from Andrew Wooning and Brayden Knott put Dundas ahead. Cam McConnell assisted on both goals. Pelosini and Aquin also picked up assists.
Chippawa tied it up in the second, but Dundas went ahead for good on a goal from Aquin, assisted by Knott. Matt Johnson added another goal for Dundas, assisted by Kevin Jaczenko and McConnell.
In the final period, Johnson found the net for his second goal – on a power play – with help from Nick McMullen and Elijah Williams.