By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
The back-and-forth first round Niagara District Junior C hockey playoff series between Dundas Blues and Chippawa Riverhawks heads to Chippawa Sunday night knotted at two wins apiece, after Chippawa scraped by the Blues in Dundas 4-3 Saturday night.
Dundas jumped out to a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period, from Alex Panov. Kevin Jaczenko picked up an assist.
Chippawa tied the game in the second frame, on one of their two power plays in the game – then scored again two minutes later to take a 2-1. Rookie of the year Cam McConnell scored for Dundas to tie it again at 2-2 heading into the third period.
Continuing the back-and-forth flow that has characterized much of the series so far, Chippawa responded half way through the final frame to take back a one goal lead, and Thomas Dowling scored on a power play for Dundas, assisted by Braxton Andrews and Nick McMullen, to tie the game once again.
Chippawa scored the winning goal with just one minute and 30 seconds left to play, to even the series at two games apiece.
Brock Novak stopped 32 of Chippawa’s 36 shots Saturday. Dundas managed 31 shots at the Chippawa net.
Three of the four playoff games between the two teams have been decided by just one goal. The only exception was Dundas’ big 7-3 win in game two.
Game five is scheduled for Sunday night in Chippawa. The series returns to Dundas for game six on Tuesday Feb. 11. If necessary, the seventh and final game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 in Chippawa.