By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Mitch Reid contributed two points, including the game-winning goal, as the Dundas Blues beat Chippawa Riverhawks 3-2 Saturday night to take the first game of their best-of-seven first round Niagara District Junior C hockey playoff series.
After a scoreless opening period, the Blues poured in three unanswered goals in the middle frame to take the lead, then hung on behind the goaltending of Mark Sinclair as Chippawa bounced back with two goals.
The series comes to Dundas’ J.L. Grightmire Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for game two at 7:45 p.m. Blues general manager Steve Aglor encourages local hockey fans to show up and support their Dundas junior team.
“If we want to play as a team, we should have a good run in the playoffs,” Aglor said. “As I’ve said before, the league is really tight this year and anyone can win on any given night. Discipline is going to be a big factor.”
Saturday night, Dan Pelosini scored Dundas’ first goal, with Matt Charbonneau and Max Stafford picking up assists. Kevin Jaczenko gave Dundas a 2-0 lead, with an assist from Reid. Then Reid found the net himself, with helpers from Andrew Solow and Brayden Knott.
Blues goalie Mark Sinclair faced 45 shots – nearly twice as many as Dundas fired on Chippawa’s netminder. Sinclair made 43 saves for the win.
After game two in Dundas Tuesday, the teams return to the Niagara Falls Gale Centre for game three. Game four is in Dundas’ Grightmire Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10 – starting at 3:45 p.m. in a special Sunday afternoon tilt. Any minor hockey player wearing their jersey and accompanied by a parent will get in to the Sunday afternoon match for free.