By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
After breaking a four-game losing streak by beating up on the team with the Niagara District Junior C hockey league’s worst record, the Dundas Blues fell into the same old penalty problems that left them struggling with the league’s second-worst record.
Norwich scored four powerplay goals Friday night on the way to a 5-1 win over Dundas. The Blues had their opportunities too, but couldn’t find the net in their 12 power play chances.
Blues General Manager Steve Aglor said the score didn’t indicate how close the game actually was. He pointed out the Blues outshot Norwich.
“We really outplayed them in the second period and came out of the period with nothing to really show for it,” Aglor said. “Zero for 12 on the power play didn’t help.
“We are better than our standings show. (Head coach) Mike Christian is working hard on specialty teams in practice, we just have to find the right combinations.”
Aglor said some changes have been made, however. With three players let go and forward Max Stafford signing after playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs Midget AAA team.
Down 2-0 after the opening frame against Norwich, Dundas picked up their first goal courtesy of Alex Aquin, assisted by Chris Marson. But the tight 2-1 margin only lasted about 10 minutes, and Norwich scored their only even-strength goal of the game in the final minute of play in the period.
Norwich’s Brandon Zimmerman helped bury Dundas in the final period, scoring two powerplay goals in less than six minutes.
Dundas’ record dropped to three wins and seven losses, plus one overtime loss.
Lead by Kevin Jaczenko’s four point night, and three points each from Brett Dell and Matt Charbonneau, the Blues scored unanswered goals in the first and second periods, to walk over the St. George Dukes 6-1 just one night before the Norwich loss.
Under warnings from general manager Steve Aglor to avoid costly penalties that plagued the Blues over the first 10 games of the season, the Blues were penalized 12 times last Thursday for a total of 24 minutes – just under the Dukes penalty totals of 13 infractions for 26 minutes.
Dundas controlled the special teams’ game – scoring three times on 12 powerplays, while holding St. George scoreless in nine chances.
Brett Dell, Dundas’ leading scorer, found the net first on a powerplay goal assisted by Thomas Dowling. Kevin Jaczenko (Matt Charbonneau, Dell) scored the Blues’ second goal, followed by Alex Aquin (Jaczenko, Matt Tate).
Up 3-0, Dundas headed into the middle frame and expanded their lead.
Dan Pelosini scored first, assisted by Jaczenko and Charbonneau. Then Charbonneau found the net himself just a minute later on a powerplay. Brayden Knott provided the assist.
Dundas took a 5-0 lead into the final period, where Knott scored to make it 6-0, for Dundas’ third powerplay goal of the game. Jaczenko and Dell assisted.
St. George finally solved goalie Mark Sinclair for their first and only goal with less than two and a half minutes to play in the game. Sinclair stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced.
The Blues begin a three game road trip on Thursday, Nov. 8 by travelling to Chippawa, followed by St. George on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Glanbrook on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Dundas returns home to J.L. Grightmire Arena on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. to face Woodstock.
Dundas ends a tough stretch of three games in three days – in three different towns – with a trip to Grimsby on Friday, Nov. 16.
Aglor said the team is eyeing a couple more players to add to the roster – and with room to add 12 more signed players “we’ll do what we have to do to improve the team.”