By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Dundas Blues hope to build on the last two periods of Tuesday night’s 7-3 win that evened the first round series against Chippawa in the Niagara District Junior C hockey playoffs.
“It was a solid team effort, from (goalie Brock) Novak right out,” said Blues general manager Steve Aglor.
Dundas outscored visiting Chippawa 6-1 in the last two periods at J.L. Grightmire Arena. Alex Aquin, continuing a hot 2014, scored two goals and added an assist, while Matt Johnson also contributed three points. Kevin Jaczenko, Thomas Dowling and Alex Panov each added two points.
Before Tuesday night’s game, Dundas’ Cam McConnell was honoured as the Niagara District east division Junior C rookie of the year.
The first round playoff series, now tied at one win apiece, moves back to Chippawa for game three Thursday, Feb. 6. Game four is set for Dundas’ Grightmire Arena at 7:30 p.m. and back to Chippawa Sunday, Feb. 9.
It wasn’t clear how game two would eventually turn out when Chippawa went up 1-0 in the first period. Johnson scored on a power play, assisted by Dowling and Panov, but Chippawa responded to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
It was all Dundas the rest of the way. Elijah Williams scored to tie the game at 2-2. Panov found the net to give Dundas a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. Williams and Panov came to the Blues late in the season from the Ancaster Avalanche Jr. B squad.
Chippawa did stem the tide with a power play goal to tie the game again at 3-3 early in the third period. But that hardly seemed to matter, as the Blues shut Chippawa down and poured on the offense by scoring four straight unanswered goals.
Aquin started the onslaught, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal without an assist. Team regular season scoring leader Jaczenko followed, assisted by Johnson and Chad Carey. Aquin added his second goal, this time with help from Garret Incze and Dowling. Cody Carey finished it off, assisted by Aquin and Dan Pelosini.
Brock Novak had 21 saves in net for Dundas. The Blues the comeback and offensive onslaught despite spending much more time in the penalty box than their opponents. Dundas served 36 penalty minutes on 10 infractions while Chippawa had 10 minutes on five infractions. Both teams had one power play goal, although Chippawa had twice as many power play opportunities.